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Object of Desire: A Woven Rug Made for Gathering Around a Tree

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Object of Desire: A Woven Rug Made for Gathering Around a Tree

July 13, 2021

I’m reading The Overstory right now and have trees on the brain, so when I came across the Oráculo Carpet, a circular rug that wraps around the trunk of a tree, I was immediately enamored. It was designed by Nat Sly and Pepi de Boissieu, the founders of design consultancy Dora Daar, after a trip to Senegal, where it’s common to see families gather around a tree to cool off in the shade and reconnect. “The tree was their place of reunion. Under the canopy of the trees, daily dramas and moving love stories were played out.”

Photography by Alba Yruela and Claudia Maurino, courtesy of Dora Daar.

From the website: &#8\2\20;From Dora Daar we wanted to bring back the significance of gathering round a tree and sharing time together to root ourselves. Trees are connectors between the earth and the sky, rooting deep down into the earth and growing high to reach the light. They are our antennas of wisdom.&#8\2\2\1;
Above: From the website: “From Dora Daar we wanted to bring back the significance of gathering round a tree and sharing time together to root ourselves. Trees are connectors between the earth and the sky, rooting deep down into the earth and growing high to reach the light. They are our antennas of wisdom.”
Each Oráculo Carpet is custom-made to fit the measurements of your specific tree and takes anywhere from \10 to \15 days to complete; €\2.\200,00.
Above: Each Oráculo Carpet is custom-made to fit the measurements of your specific tree and takes anywhere from 10 to 15 days to complete; €2.200,00.
A portion of the proceeds go toward building a school in Thionck Essyl, Senegal.
Above: A portion of the proceeds go toward building a school in Thionck Essyl, Senegal.
The rug is braided in Spain from esparto, a grass that&#8\2\17;s native to the region.
Above: The rug is braided in Spain from esparto, a grass that’s native to the region.
It can be rolled up for easy transport.
Above: It can be rolled up for easy transport.

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