Icelandic rag rugs woven from discarded garments

Anna María Lind Geirsdóttir from Reykjavik in Iceland uses rags as her colour palette.  Taking discarded garments, bedlinen and textiles, she cleans the fabric before cutting off the seams then cuts the material into strips and winds them into a ball.  The technique is inspired by a process used by her Finnish grandmother.  “I set the warp yarns into the loom and then I start weaving, using the rag strips for the weft.”  The process results in ‘rag-rugs’ and wall-hangings in a beautiful array of colours.  You can follow more of her amazing textile projects on her blog Weberstrasse!

Images via Weberstrasse


Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).