Marco Lawrence - 001
Marco Lawrence - 001
Material: 100% soft recycled plastic yarn pile
100 Editions: in a choice of 5 sizes
Flat weave kilim: reversible
Made to order: 10 weeks ethical handmade production
Transform your floor into its very own gallery space with this special collectors rug by the artist and print maker Marco Lawrence.
We invite you to become the owner of a rug which has a unique story of being. All pieces are first ever creations from artists the world over that have collaborated with us to offer a new way to enjoy graphic art as a soft hand-woven rug made from 100% recycled plastic. Transforming mountains of unwanted plastic bottles into collectible floor art.
Computerised screen pixels are transformed into thousands of woven wefts bringing to life the design, colour and flow within this limited-edition kilim rug.
Produced in a limited run of 12, this rug offers a more connected relationship with the artist and the value of knowing that only a small number of like-minded individuals will enjoy that very same piece within their home environment.
Kilims are flat weave rugs created using an ancient technique unchanged over time. Woven without a pile the recycled P.E.T yarn is treated in the same way as wool to ensure its quality and softness to the touch. Kilims durability and reversible nature means you can flip over your rug keeping it looking bright and fresh and ensuring it will last a lifetime.
All of our rugs come from a mindset of slow design, human creative collaboration and an ethically driven purpose. On every rug edition you will see the Goodweave Label the official stamp to certify your rug is free from child labour and has helped to donate part of its profits back into such a vital organisation.
About the artist: Marco Lawrence
Marco Lawrence is a British born print-maker and illustrator based in the USA. He honed his craft in the print studios of Madrid, London and New York City. He screen-prints commercially for an internationally renowned selection of artists, museums and institutions.
His work explores the power of colour and com-positional balance through pattern design. His omnivorous style draws from Central American weaving, Islamic geometry and early 90’s video game graphics to create bold and playful patterns.
Now his work is fully realised into the woven masterpiece of a limited edition floor art piece.
Now more than ever I think it is essential that we consider how we make something not just what we make. By using recycled materials we are able to produce beautiful items with minimal impact to the natural world. Just as important is that all those involved in the highly skilled production of these exquisite rugs is treated fairly. Beauty and respect is embedded in every thread.
Every knot, tuft and weave that goes into creating your piece of floor art is done by the skilled hand of our artisan weavers.
Artists within their own right, our weavers use ancient techniques passed on through generations and unchanged over time. Each rug we create is made using 100% Recycled plastic transforming mountains of unwanted plastic bottles from landfills around the world into a piece of limited-edition floor art. Plastic fibres are carded, threaded, spun and brushed in the same way as wool to create a luxurious and malleable yarn.
The story of each rug is a complete circle of collaboration. From the graphic artists that use modern computerised techniques to produce each design, The Knot Collective which guide the creative process to realise the artists work within the new medium of a rug and then finally the real magic when each design comes to life on the loom.
Reaching across the globe everyone involved in this story stays true to the mindset of slow design, creating our rugs from sustainable materials and using production processes that impact to create positive changes for the environment and human population.
The Knot Collective mission is taking on the daunting reality of over consumption and a continuous rise of plastic waste, by turning discarded plastic into woven pieces of collectable floor art.
Owning just one Knot Collective rug comes with the knowledge that you have diverted almost 3,855 plastic bottles away from being dumped into a landfill and ensuring your rug is made from 100% post-consumer material.
The recycled PET fibres within each rug are naturally stain-resistant and do not require the chemical treatments used on most nylon carpets, they also retain colour and resist fading from exposure to the sun or harsh cleaning.
Producing the yarn from an existing manufactured product means we do not need to use precious hydrocarbons to make the polyester material. Reducing energy consumption for manufacturing by 66%, reducing green house gas emissions by over 34% and reducing water consumption by nearly 50%.
We are now on a continuous journey to explore using different recycled materials for future Floor Art Collections.
Your rug will empower the fight to end child labour
152 million children are currently the victims of child labour and the choices we make as consumers help determine whether these children are free to have a real childhood or be forced into labour or slavery. Will their hands paint, draw and colour — or harvest, sew and glue? It’s up to us.
As a partner of Goodweave, The Knot Collective is fully opposed to child labour of any nature. Being a member of GoodWeave ensures your rug is ethically made by adult artisans, not children.
A portion of our profits from every rug sold is donated back into GoodWeave helping to fulfil their mission to create a market demand for certified child-labour-free rugs, monitor supply chains and provide critical services for weaving families.
Goodweave is dedicated to the rescue and education of every child, creating a safe and hopeful environment in which to thrive. Goodweave will exist until there are no more children to save.