Frits & Gerda

Spring 1979, Frits is a young teacher at the Wolfert van Borselenschool in Rotterdam. Gerda graduates for her finals at this school. 

On a last graduation trip in the Ardennen, Frits and Gerda fall in love and come together like two stream; playful and investigating new grounds. 

Summer 1979, Frits is diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t see a future with Gerda. He does not want to burden her. Both went on their separate ways. 

Spring 2003, an open day at the Wolfert Borsele School, remember me? asks Gerda. “But of course,” he replies. Again the spark. This time the stream of love is even stronger, eventhough many hurdles have to be overcome. But love is strong and overcomes.

The river flows for 10 years, with waterfalls, wild waves but Frits and Gerda can always relax in Lotschental, Switzerland, either together or with Gerda’s daughters: Lise Lotte.

October 2012, they are ready for autumn to refuel in their beloved Swiss mountains. The week took a diffeent turn when it became clear that Frits remained exhausted and got all kinds of complaints. What they were fearing became true, Frits was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in an advanced stage. Nevertheless, they remained positive and kept in control over choices and treatments. Frits passed away after 5 months. 

A river cannot come to a stop, merely a rock was shifted. Frit’s flowing water came at a rest in Switzerland where he was buried. The water of a river do not you come and there is a stone shifted.

One day Frits and Gerda will be back together. 

Carpet of Life

We (Lise, Lotte and Gerda) are very happy with the rug. It looks beautiful and all clothes can be recognised together with the many treasured memories. Frits loved and remained true to recurring certainties. The same holds for his choice in clothing like the jeans, his characteristic light blue shirt and soft woollen sweaters. And then there is his red vest that he’d wear to symbolise the Swiss flag.

The symbolism of the entire project is also striking, Frits, as counsellor at his school was very active in offering chances to (often minority) students; students who earn a chance but are often hampered by conditions such as individual, social, but as well culture-related problems. That his clothes are now transformed into a carpet by Moroccan women, in a project that symbolises new opportunities for both the women as well as for us, he would find a beautiful concept.

Behind the scenes of Carpet of Life with Dutch television channel AT5! 
View the video to see who founded Carpet of Life and where the carpets are made. You can see the woman working on the carpets from the 19th minute onwards. (May 2014)

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Behind the scenes of Carpet of Life with Dutch television channel AT5! 

View the video to see who founded Carpet of Life and where the carpets are made. You can see the woman working on the carpets from the 19th minute onwards. (May 2014)

Carpet of life, this is the story - Adrie

I am from a farmers’ family and we always had a big garden. It came with a lot of work and lots of fun when my big family was outdoors, playing, ragging, sitting, reading, eating, drinking, sleeping….all of it in the garden.

A while ago my husband and I bought a property in the semi-rural countryside close to The Hague. The joke in my family was that we bought a big, dirty, sandy paddock and………..by the way, a worn out house. For a while we kept some friendly Frisian horses in the paddock, mainly for galloping on the beach, but then my horse riding daughter left the house and one horse died. That was my moment to bring my past back to life: with our own hands we turned this dirty and sandy paddock into a big, flowering and green garden.

My origins are in one of the Dutch polders, where the Dutch turned water into mud into farms. Some of them were my parents. As children we asked them over and over again to tell us that story: after the Second World War you entered that empty polder and what then? They started planting, sowing and dibbling and turned that muddy, grey polder turning into a green, fertile, flourishing landscape.

So this is the story of my carpet of life: that grey and sandy background with on it that green, flowering diamond shape. All the used clothes belonged to my daughters, my husband, my parents and me. I sincerely thank the women of Taragalte for making my carpet, the women of Butterfly Works to help me in the design and the Impact Alliance to give me this precious present.

Everybody its own little Garden of Eden. It is my counterweight when I sometimes feel angry and frustrated by still encountering so much ugly, grey injustice and poverty in the world of today

But look before you leap: in contrast to the mythical Garden of Eden, you will always work in your own one. 

Adrie Papma

Monster, 18 March 2014

Adrie’s Carpet of Life

Adrie’s Carpet of Life

Soonhwa’s carpet

That first date, a successful job interview, your graduation party, or the moment you finally fitted into that dress again after having your firstborn baby… We all know that feeling when your favourite dress or lucky shirt is too old to wear, yet you simply can not let go of it!

The women of the Taragalte Concept in the Sahara will eagerly transform your personal wardrobe into a beautiful and unique Carpet of Life.

Carpet of Life launches in Belgium

For over a year now our carpets travel from the Sahara to Amsterdam, to reach their final destination. It is time to add a new route to that. Carpet of Life is now available in Belgium as well.

€50 discount
Live in Belgium and can’t wait to order your own Carpet of Life? In this weekends magazine of the newspaper De Morgen you will find 2 spreads about Carpet of Life. Take a photo of one of these spreads, make sure to add a piece of clothing to the photo and send it to info@carpetoflife.com or upload on our Facebookpage. The picture is your €50 discount, so don’t forget to mention it when you order!

Using authentic crafts handed down through generations, women from different villages in the oasis of M’hamid El Ghizlane will transform your beloved wardrobe into a vibrant Carpet of Life – an inspiring artwork you can cherish forever.

Boucherouite

The Carpet of Life concept is based on traditional Moroccan carpets called Boucherouite or Boucherwi, made by most families from nomadic background. This craft is relying on instinct and experience rather than set design rules. Details are derived from nature, perfumes, sounds and tastes. Boucherouite carpets can be made from almost anything… second-hand clothing, tea towels, bed linen, even plastic!

Carpet of Life — Pillow blue

Carpet of Life — Pillow blue

Current materials include recycled rag strips and yarns from ‘found’ textile remnants including wool, cotton, synthetic fibers, lurex and nylon.