Inspired By Africa: Rugs For Modern Homes

January 17, 2015 0


One aspect that I love most in interior design is drawing inspiration from cultures, traditions and handicraft. Often I like to think that I hide an archaeologist and an ethnologist in myself – mostly because I am fascinated by history, ancient arts, traditions and cultures. Remember my kilim love? My obsession with vintage ceramics? My apartment is full with traces of my passion. So it comes as no surprise that the new 2015 rug collection ‘MUM’s loves Africa’ from Finland based ‘MUM’s’ got my full attention. They launched new graphic rugs inspired by the Kassena tribe of Burkina Faso, where every building is a piece of unique, handmade art (you can learn more about it HERE).

The Kassena tribe decorate their clay houses with graphic patterns by hand. Their vernacular architecture is amazing and sparked the inspiration of Finland based Outi Puro, the founder of ‘MUM’s’. She loves African patterns, traditional Indian carpet weaving and Nordic simple and pure design. All three passions were combined for the new ‘MUM’s loves Africa’ collection: The rugs feature African patterns as seen in the villages of the Kassena tribe, the rugs are made fairly in the hands of skilled artisans in Northern India and feature natural hues that are typical for Scandinavia too.

This entire story is even better: Not only these rugs are inspired by a fascinating people in Africa and made fairly by artisans in India, but the entire story of ‘MUM’s’ is based on helping and supporting other women and mothers in less developed countries. ‘MUM’s’ itself was founded back in 2006 as an art project in Africa.

I think 2015 is the year in which we all should bring a piece of traditional art into our homes. Why not such a wonderful rug? I am totally smitten by the patterns, the graphic look and the wonderful, inspiring story behind them. Luckily, these rugs are available worldwide through their webshop.

Here’s to our wonderful and inspiring world – against all (current) odds!

Photography: Rugs via ‘MUM’s’; African images by Rita Willaert

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