Handknotted Nylon? Part One/Five - The creation of a novel handknotted carpet made of ECONYL® regenerated nylon by Aquafil, Sarawagi Rugs, and Isobel Morris. | Photograph by The Ruggist.

Handknotted Nylon? | Part One

A collaborative project exploring the novel use of regenerated ECONYL® brand nylon in a handknotted carpet.

In collaboration with Aquafil, makers of ECONYL® regenerated nylon yarns; Sarawagi Rugs, makers of fine Nepali-Tibetan carpets; and Isobel Morris, designer of textiles and carpets, The Ruggist is contributing expertise – such that it is – as well as documenting the making of the first handknotted carpet to be made of ECONYL® regenerated nylon​. This is the first of a five part series of articles documenting the prototype production of a novel handknotted carpet made of ECONYL® regenerated nylon. Without further ado, this is the backstory and a peek at the beginnings of the process.

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'Point Carré' from the 'Infinity Collection' by Sarawagi Rugs. Designed by Else Bozec, handmade in Kathmandu, Nepal. | Photograph by The Ruggist.

Infinity Collection | Sarawagi Rugs

Geometry reigns as structure and design combine in captivating form.

As an admitted fanatic of geometric designs, my bias toward the new ‘Infinity Collection’ by Sarawagi Rugs is self-evident. Designed by textile designer Else Bozec over the course of a months long residency in Kathmandu, Nepal during 2017 C.E. the collection reminds design need not push the technical limits of technique, but rather can excel by masterfully utilizing those limits – in this case the regimented structure of handknotting – to synergistically reïnforce and amplify the design. The varied visual and tactile textures embody the same lively visage of urban façades, with each region inviting new though and contemplation to almost ask – as one would of said façades – ‘What’s going on (in) here?’ I don’t know, but I am captivated while I try and figure it out.

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