The hand-crafted wool rugs of Argentinian artist Alexandra Kehayoglou are a perfect example of how discarded ‘waste’ can be recycled and creatively transformed into an object of beauty.
In her studio in Buenos Aires, Alexandra Kehayoglou arranges a vast assortment of scraps of leftover yarn from her family’s textile and carpet factory el espartano and by ‘shooting’ the lengths of yarn into the backing fabric with a special electric hand-tufting gun, transforms them into carpets that seem to have grown rather than been made. Inspired by nature’s own ‘carpeting’ – moss, turf, grasses, lush meadows, etc., as well as water, trees and plants, Alexandra produces huge, unique and breathtakingly beautiful rugs and wall hangings in wool of varying lengths. As she told Instagram, “I grew up surrounded by rugs. I realized that the knowledge of rugs I had was in my genes. Using it as an artist became inevitable. The style that I’ve created is an abstraction of landscapes from my country. I would like everyone that looks at my pieces to feel that they are entering a new context. The pieces are big and feel infinite. They are meant to be portals that have the power of taking you where your memories are.”