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Interior Tube Design

Foreign Accents, contemporary rug designers, have taken the recycled bicycle part craft to a high-society level and created a rug made entirely of woven bicycle tubes. From what I can gather, this is the only bicycle part floor covering they make, but it certainly is a fascinating one.

Foreign Accents has a system of bicycle tube recovery in India and hires workers in a weaving mill to hand cut the tubes into long strips for weaving, creating a nice gradient pattern with “occasional yellow accents” (the yellow size printing on the tube). The rugs measure at 5 x 7 to 7 x 10 feet, the smaller rug comprised of at least 35 tubes. Not a bad use for bike tubes instead of sending them to the landfill.

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Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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