Sari Style – The Upcycle Way

25 Feb

ELTE booth IDS 2012

The season of interior trade fairs has hit Sydney with a vengeance, and ever eager that my achy feet will find a couple of gems upon my travels between the cushions and the curtains, this year I stumbled upon the ultimate in upcycling.  To be honest I hate the idea of waste and love it when something is repurposed, but it isn’t very often the word upcycle and beauty fall into the same sentence.  That is until I saw these fab rugs which have been made from recycled sari silks, often producing really interesting and colourful results.


source – artforhousewives

The rugs, which are made by artisans in India, are created from recycled sari silk.  The saris are unravelled by hand and then reborn as they are woven into new, colourful and interesting patterns.  The hand made quality makes each one unique….. they are also incredibly soft so if you can bear to have them on the floor ( as opposed to the wall) they would make a very cosy spot to cuddle up with a book and a cuppa……


Sari Rug Industrial Lighting

elte sari rug pink


images sari

elte new sari rugs

Enjoy the colour… meanwhile on with the colourful adventure…………

(source for pictures –  ABC carpets and home collection, Elte, artforhousewives, thecuratedhouse)


Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Art, Colour, Fabric, Interior Design, Travel


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11 responses to “Sari Style – The Upcycle Way

  1. This Sydney Life

    February 25, 2013 at 8:15 am

    BCD – these are stunning! I would love to see them in person. Just gorgeous.

    • birdcagedesign

      February 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      They are beautiful, something a little different from the norm:-)

  2. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer

    February 25, 2013 at 8:49 am

    What glorious colors and patterns. Great idea to use them in a different way.

    • birdcagedesign

      February 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      They are great aren’t they, they almost feel like a whole colourful story is contained within

  3. EverydaySparks

    February 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    These are amazing! So beautiful and what a clever idea. 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      February 26, 2013 at 8:14 am

      I just love all of the colours and the thought that a little story of so many sari’s is in one place.

  4. Hidden Passions

    February 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    They are recycled??? never knew that. is there any website for this?

    • birdcagedesign

      February 26, 2013 at 8:13 am

      Hi they are made from recycled Sari material, so up cycled into something just as glam. There is not a huge amount of information on the web about these, but a few stores do sell them ( although they are not overly cheap), in the US and Canada they are ABC carpets and Elte I think, but I am sure you would find that a lot of rug stores are starting to supply them.

  5. marsellaj

    February 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    These are a feast for the eyes and simply gorgeous. That they are recycled makes them awesome!

  6. Belle Leija

    January 26, 2016 at 3:40 am

    This particular one with the beautiful colors right above the comments!!! I must have it!!! It will go in the living room I am designing. If you know who has this exact one or very similar with the same colors: pink,purple, gold, a little emerald, grey, and it looks like just a pinch of aqua. I’ve gotta have it. If you know please let me know. thanks!!!!!


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