Some would call it slave labor, others a labor of love, but the result – this chainmail rug – has a strength and durability to match the remarkable amount of time spent putting it together, link by link. If it sounds shockingly archaic, just remember: part of craft is the act of making. The finished product, for many, is an after-effect of that Zen-like construction process.

Much research went into the material history ahead of time, from ancient and medieval techniques to modern machine-made chainmails. An ancient Japanese 12-in-2 (each double-ring radiates twelve links) method was ultimately employed, tough but flexible and fit for a different form of (nearly-indestructible) contemporary carpet.

The shape itself is a play on the construction itself – a two-dimensional flooring lifted into three dimensions through components with structural density and height-maintaining stability. Three colors come from electroplated coatings, while galvanized steel wire is used throughout. Designed by Philippe Malouin and company.

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“The Yachiyo metal rug is made using the intricate Japanese ‘12-in-2’ chain mail method. That method is virtually indestructible as well as it creates a very stable membrane, structural yet flexible. After exploring ideas for a range of furniture made using this technique, we chose to create a rug because the attention is focused solely on the 2-D object itself, the craftsmanship can be better admired this way.”

“The final piece presents an isometric rectangular prism which was created through playing with ideas of perspective, so that a two dimensional object like a rug could visually spring into the 3D realm. The metal rug is completely handmade from galvanized steel wire. The looped wire is taken and wound into a tight coil which is then hand cut into small rings. These are riveted together one-by-one in the ‘12-in-2’ pattern, which consists of 2 central rings with 12 perpendicular rings connected around. This process is painstakingly repeated to create the rug and it involves thousands of hand-manufacturing hours, since it is impossible to make by machine.”