Deeply textural, extremely functional, pleasantly tactile—the Rope Rug series is an innovative take on a familiar typology. Designer Pauline Deltour was inspired to reimagine the endlessly practical traditional Japanese tatami mat, but with rope to create a chunkier and more durable textile. Hem first produces meter upon meter of our own colorful cotton rope, which is then skillfully hand-woven into rugs of four colorways and three sizes. The rhythmic looping is an alluring texture when viewed from afar and a compelling design detail when experienced up close.
Pauline Deltour found her way in the industry right after finishing her studies, when she drew the attention of design company Alessi with her steel-wire paper bin. She launched her own studio in 2009 and soon moved to Paris. As much as she is attracted to the city’s disorder and liberated lifestyle, Deltour’s designs are clear and minimalist, revealing her focused, sharp mind.