THE CARPET WEAVING FACTORY OF SENHOR RUI
At the age of 16, Rui started working for one of the largest carpet factories in the country. When it had to close down due to the economic crisis 20 years later, he had the opportunity to buy a few of the looms and start his own production.
His rugs are made from recycled cotton yarns from the local textile industry, which he spins himself.
Unlike traditionally woven rugs, he uses jute fibers as the basic structure, which makes the rugs very durable. They are woven by hand out of conviction. Rui is one of our first producers, and our collaboration has developed steadily over the past few years.
We love the enthusiasm with which Rui takes our ideas and processes them. We immediately felt that weaving is not only his job but rather his passion.
RECYCLED CARPETS - A PORTUGUESE TRADITION
Hand-woven carpets from recycled materials are made in Portugal in the traditional way. First, fabric scraps from the Portuguese fashion industry are shredded and made into yarn.The yarn is then hand-woven on looms using a variety of techniques and patterns. The rugs are made by skilled artisans:who have mastered the art of weaving and pass their skills down from generation to generation. Each carpet is unique. The production of hand-woven carpets from recycled materials is not only sustainable, but also a sign of appreciation of craftsmanship and cultural heritage in Portugal.