Carpet as a Manifesto: GAN's Plastic Rivers Collection

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The new collection of the Spanish brand raises the issue of river pollution.

Plastic, plastic and more plastic are on the agenda. Tons of plastic end up in rivers. They themselves become one big dump, and carry mountains of garbage into the ocean. The problem is not new, but that does not make it any less painful.

Carpet as Manifesto: GAN's Plastic Rivers Collection

The Plastic Rivers carpet collection is a collaboration between Spanish designer Alvaro Catalan de Ocon and GAN brand.

Young Spanish designer Álvaro Catalán de Ocón has made a name for himself on the eco agenda. De Ocon's most famous work is the PET Lamp Project. This is a collection of lamps made from recycled plastic bottles. Plastic went to thin threads, from which lampshades for these lamps were woven in Colombia. So it was not only recycling and crafting, but also helping the local community with work and money. The PET Lamp Project was first shown in 2013 at the Rossana Orlandi Gallery. Now de Ocon regularly exhibits in Milan, and has become a regular participant in the RO Plastic Prize, organized by the gallery owner and dedicated to recycling.

The Carpet as a Manifesto: GAN's Plastic Rivers Collection

De Ocon's new work is a collaboration with the Spanish carpet manufacturer GAN, which released the Plastic Rivers carpet collection, drawing attention to the pollution of rivers and the world ocean.

Carpet as Manifesto: GAN's Plastic Rivers Collection

Niger carpet from the Plastic Rivers collection.

Carpet Manifesto: GAN's Plastic Rivers Collection

Yangtze carpet from the Plastic Rivers collection.

The collection consists of four carpets depicting the four largest and most polluted rivers in the world: the Ganges, the Yangtze, the Indus and the Niger. On the carpets, with the help of manual stuffing, the relief of the water area, captured on aerial photography, was created.

Carpet as Manifesto: GAN's Plastic Rivers Collection

Carpet as Manifesto: GAN's Plastic Rivers Collection

All rugs are 100% woven from filaments of recycled plastic.

Carpet as Manifesto: GAN's Plastic Rivers Collection

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The collection has already received several awards, including the NYCxDesign Awards 2022 (in the Environmental Impact category).

Carpet as Manifesto: GAN's Plastic Rivers Collection

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