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Using authentic crafting techniques handed down through generations, women from rural villages in the oasis of M’hamid El Ghizlane in the Sahara Desert transform cast-off textiles and donated clothing into each "co-designed" Carpet of Life. This unique recycling concept is based on traditional Moroccan carpets called Boucherouite or Boucherwi, typically made by families from nomadic backgrounds. Each piece is totally one-of-a-kind and created intuitively by the artisans in response to donated materials provided by clients for commissioned carpets.
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  Clients who commission one-of-a-kind pieces by Carpet of Life often provide clothes from their own personal wardrobes and/or household tea towels, bed linens, heirloom stashes, and even recycled plastics. Designers have even been known to recycle a previous season's collection or graduate thesis project to celebrate and experience their former creations underfoot. Image courtesy of Carpet of Life.

    Clients who commission one-of-a-kind pieces by Carpet of Life often provide clothes from their own personal wardrobes and/or household tea towels, bed linens, heirloom stashes, and even recycled plastics. Designers have even been known to recycle a previous season's collection or graduate thesis project to celebrate and experience their former creations underfoot. Image courtesy of Carpet of Life.

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  Photo by: Pam Kat and stylist Sander van Eyck

    Photo by: Pam Kat and stylist Sander van Eyck

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  Ironically, raw materials for creating new products are in short supply in remote regions of Morocco. Textiles for most modern designs actually come from China, so it makes good sense that the nomadic artisans of the Sahara work with recycled fabrics and eco-friendly solutions that do not further stress their environment or local water supply. Image courtesy of Carpet of Life.

    Ironically, raw materials for creating new products are in short supply in remote regions of Morocco. Textiles for most modern designs actually come from China, so it makes good sense that the nomadic artisans of the Sahara work with recycled fabrics and eco-friendly solutions that do not further stress their environment or local water supply. Image courtesy of Carpet of Life.

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  Carpet of Life is an Amsterdam and Moroccan-based initiative that has provided sustainable income for the Moroccan women weavers. In the process, they are also preserving an art form that is sacred to the Sahara. Design details and motifs are derived from natural inspiration, aromatic perfumes, local sounds, and culinary tastes. Image courtesy of Carpet of Life.

    Carpet of Life is an Amsterdam and Moroccan-based initiative that has provided sustainable income for the Moroccan women weavers. In the process, they are also preserving an art form that is sacred to the Sahara. Design details and motifs are derived from natural inspiration, aromatic perfumes, local sounds, and culinary tastes. Image courtesy of Carpet of Life.

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  Interested parties can contact Carpet of Life directly for details on how to share their own recycled materials and commission a piece for home or office. Image courtesy of Carpet of Life.

    Interested parties can contact Carpet of Life directly for details on how to share their own recycled materials and commission a piece for home or office. Image courtesy of Carpet of Life.

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