Depending on the size and the ‘resolution’ of a carpet, it takes several weeks to several months to produce a hand-knotted rug. This amount of labour is often underestimated and unnoticed. The rug project ‘day by day’ makes this labour visible and values it by incorporating it into the design.
A polygon shaped carpet is using a cell structure pattern as a basic grid which is filled day by day with a pair of colours. Every working-day, the worker is using two different colours to fill the pattern. This generates a coloured stripe, - an abstract record of one working day. Day by day the carpet fills up with more stripes for each day. Some stripes will be thinner and some will be thicker, depending on the rug’s shape, the working hours, and also the daily condition of the worker – a working diary, manifested in the rug. Each working day is translated into the pattern of the rug and by doing so, each piece becomes as unique as its maker while at the same time unveiling the exact amount of working days per carpet.
To underline this, the carpet carries a label with the name, age and gender of the worker(s) and the start and finishing date.
“Day by day” is a production method which can be applied to nearly any size. The rugs are out of naturally dyed wool and hand knotted in Nepal. So far there is a green version and a red version.
material: naturally dyed wool, leather-label
dimension: various sizes possible
small/ green rug: 120 x 230 cm
big/ red rug: 280 x 330 cm
production: hand-knotted in Nepal