Large Ganges river rug in basement with staircase

Plastic Rivers rugs by Álvaro Catalán de Ocón for Gan

Dezeen Showroom: designer Álvaro Catalán de Ocón has created a collection of rugs for Spanish brand Gan, which aims to expose and tackle the global issue of river pollution.

The four rugs in the range are named Ganges, Yangtze, Indus and Niger after significant waterways that have been affected by plastic pollution.

High-ceilinged room with round rug beneath round dining table and chairs
The rugs in the collection are made from recycled plastic fibres and are 100 per cent recyclable

Each rug comes in shades of blue, green and brown and displays an aerial view of the river it is named after and its geographical surroundings.

All are hand-made by artisans in India from 100 per cent recycled PET plastic fibres, making them highly durable and similar in texture to wool.

Long Yangtze river rug on floor beneath a leather chair with curtain in the background
Each rug demonstrates the unique geography of the river it is named after

"This method allows the craftsmen to generate elevation by cutting the threads at different heights, creating the effect of three-dimensional topography," explained Catalán de Ocón.

"Plastic Rivers reflects the reality of the material with which each design is made and seeks to start a conversation," he continued, "[they aim to act] as a metaphor for that uncomfortable truth that we decided to hide under the rug."

Detail of Indus rug with footstools on top
Rugs aim to bring to light the issue of plastic pollution in the world's rivers

The rugs are also completely recyclable at the end of their use and are available in different sizes and shapes, making them suitable for a variety of residential spaces.

Product: Ganges, Yangtze, Indus and Niger, Plastic Rivers
Designer: Álvaro Catalán de Ocón
Brand: Gan
Contact: [email protected]

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Detail of Indus river rug beside a sofa
Indus river rug beside sofa in living room
Detail of Niger rug beneath a dining chair
Detail of Niger rug beneath a dining chair
Yangtze river rug beneath leather chair in front of window
Detail of rug showing texture
Detail of rug showing texture