Believe it or not, a designer from London is exhibiting an indestructible, visually striking and vacuum-free rug. We’re afraid, however, that the rug won’t be coming to a store near you, us or anyone you know anytime soon.
General wisdom dictates that any rug will eventually unravel, collect stains and become a household eyesore. Not the Yachiyo metal rug, however says London designer Pilippe Malouin. The Yachiyo rug is composed of thousands of tiny metal rings all looped together into a hexagon. Basically, it’s a sheet of chain mail. The patterning of the loops follows the Japanese ’12-in-2’ chain mail style which consists of 2 central rings with 12 perpendicular rings connected around it.
The rug apparently took 3,000 hours to make and was diligently attended to by a team of interns and assistants in Malouin’s studio. The name “Yachiyo” is actually the name of the Japanese intern who worked on the project from day one. The process, says Malouin, requires extensive hand-manufacturing and could not possibly be replicated by a machine. The Yachiyo rug, it seems, is one of a kind.
Another key feature of the rug is that it resembles a three dimensional prism from any angle. Though the surface of the rug is obviously two dimensional, at first glance the rug could be mistaken for a little pedestal sitting on the floor.
Though we probably won’t ever see the Yachiyo rug popping up in home furnishing catalogues, the original may one day find a good home in a museum. For those of us who don’t live in the MOMA or Guggenheim, however, carpet cleaning and upkeep will continue to be a fact of life.
If you’ve got non-metal, normal rugs that didn’t require three thousand hours of hand labor to create, contact Steamers Carpet Care today to schedule a carpet cleaning with one of our professional carpet care technicians.