“I have been wanting to design cotton rugs since I started MINNA,” Sara Berks says with a smile. Her New York based home textile brand utilizes traditional craft techniques to produce ethically made, socially responsible goods. The pieces are modern and contemporary — and to be honest, at the top of our team’s wish list!
The cotton rugs, which Sara envisions as bathroom mats or in front of the kitchen sink, are handwoven by a group of weavers just outside Antigua, Guatemala. Sara explains, “They specialize in weaving these amazing cozy, textures.” Since the weavers use 100% organic, naturally dyed cotton, Sara opted to strongly limit their color palette as opposed to using process dyes. “We used cream, beige, black, and blue,” she says. “The blue cotton yarn is actually upcycled denim thread.”
Since the palette was limited, Sara decided each design should be vastly different than the last. “I thought the designs could be rather un-related but still feel cohesive due to the color palette,” she concludes. Get a closer look in the slideshow, where Sara shares the design inspiration behind each rug.