Inspired by Andrey Budko

ANDREY BUDKO designs and manufactures wool felt rugs with high-tech embroidery. The basis of our carpets (rugs) is high-quality non-woven fabric made of 100% wool. The pattern on the carpet is embroidered with ceramic threads. Depending on the design, each rug has 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 embroidery stitches. The ceramic coating and the special structure of knots in the embroidery allow for more saturated colors. Natural wool felt is resistant to many types of dirt. Red wine, coffee and even olive oil are removed from our carpets with household cleaners. The fleece structure of the fabric does not allow dust to penetrate the material and leaves dirt only on the surface. This makes it easier to vacuum our carpets. Wool felt has a high abrasion resistance and is suitable for use in public spaces (hotels, restaurants).

History We study the development of technology and cultural heritage in the modern world. Our product is the result of studies on traditional craftsmanship and social mythology. Embroidery is a craft that was part of Russian folk costumes and everyday items. But today it is only kept in museums and at historical exhibitions. Wool felt as a material is best known for the traditional Russian winter boots "valenki", which today look more like a souvenir than a practical shoe. Our idea is to breathe new life into technologies and materials, take advantage of the opportunities of the digital age and make them practical again. Our rugs pay tribute to the shared memory of the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s. Factories in the USSR produced millions of carpets per year. They were not of high quality, but became a true symbol of luxury in the Soviet era. The carpet was the most common piece of furniture. Carpets on the wall have become the most common backdrop for family photos, and such photos can be found in every photo album of every Russian family. The walls of the living rooms of our parents' homes were proudly decorated with oriental rugs. Our grandparents had rugs with deer and bears hanging next to the bed. Our generation remembers falling asleep looking at these oriental patterns and animals. Thus, the rug, along with fairy tales, became part of children's mythology. And "the carpet on the wall" has now become an internet meme.

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