The Recess Collection is inspired by wabi-sabi, which holds that nature is uncontrollable. It’s a law of nature that something, someday, will spill on your rug. So we designed a collection of machine-washable 100% organic cotton flatweaves, which are both light and durable. We called it Recess because they're made for playing, and it’s okay if you make a mess - you won’t get in trouble.
Cotton dhurries are classic Indian flatwoven rugs, designed to be lightweight and portable, cold in summer, warm in winter. Stripes are a standard dhurrie design, and ours are no exception. Leaping features a balanced circle at either end, like two moons, overlaid by stripes of varying width.
Cotton is a vegetable fiber widely used across rug traditions because of its sturdiness and longevity. Organic cotton is even better: because no chemicals are used in its processing, its fibers are actually stronger, and will retain more durability over time. Organic cotton farmers use no pesticides, which keeps both workers and plants healthier. Farming organic cotton emits 46% less carbon dioxide than regular cotton, and requires 91% less water.
Our partner is a small, family-run operation devoted to maintaining the integrity of the yarn they use. Wherever possible they prioritize the use of organic materials, and are committed to a high level of quality and craftsmanship. We collaborated with them closely on this project, testing and refining the construction several times to make the cotton more flexible in the washing machine.
Our in-house, all-star design team works across Los Angeles, Istanbul, and Mumbai. Starting with the weave itself, they determine the collection material, technique, and mood. When designs are finalized, they collaborate with the supplier on an extensive sampling process, perfecting each style and hue before it goes to production.