Re Rag Rug exhibition @ HKDI Gallery in Hong Kong

Introduction of the Exhibition

Re Rag Rug is an innovative experimental project by Swedish designers Katarina Brieditis and Katarina Evans, who re-invent the idea of “rug” with creative handicraft techniques in new contexts, utilising waste and excess from the textile industry. Artistic yet pragmatic, the re-created rugs will be presented in this first-time exhibition in Hong Kong. Collaborated with Katarina Brieditis and Katarina Evans, supported by Swedish Institute.

About Re Rag Rug

Re Rag Rug started as an experimental design project by Katarina Brieditis and Katarina Evans in 2012. A rug is the ultimate textile furniture. Through times it has been on our floors, beds, walls and tables. All over the world rugs protect from cold floors and draft, they have a major impact on the acoustics of a room. They gather groups of furniture in a space, create a room in the room and serve as an aesthetic element to a room. Rugs should withstand to be stood, walked and crawled upon and they are important bearers of culture for many people.

During a 12 months’ creative process, 12 unique rugs have been developed in 12 different textile techniques by the two designers. The material is waste and excess from the textile industry and old clothes – fabric that would otherwise be discarded.

By using different types of rags in combination with a variety of sewing, platting, crocheting, knitting, macramé, rolling, cutting, appliqué, embroidery, structure and relief effects, three dimensionality, colour and dyeing techniques and experimenting with scales, the duo have created twelve new qualities and expressions of rugs.

Re Rag Rug is an example for sustainable design that the value of a seemingly worthless material can be added.

The project has won several international awards, for example: Textile of the year for ELLE Decoration Design award, Design of the year from Trendgruppen, Craft of the year from Trendgruppen as well as the Culture Price of the Year, Rotary Stockholm-Skanstull.