Austrian-born designer Sophie Aschauer has created a range of Serpent Sea mats using traditional sailing knots. The mats are made from reclaimed sailing and climbing rope, which would otherwise have been discarded. Aschauer was inspired to create the range while sailing in Nantucket last year.
Each mat is unique and painstakingly woven by hand in Aschauer’s New York studio. It takes four hours to weave more than 150 feet of rope to create the complex knot structure. Due to the materials from which they are constructed, the mats are extremely durable and absorbent. They are particularly appropriate for use outdoors or in the bathroom.
There are currently four styles available: Bonny, Drake, Morgan and Killigrew. Each style is named after the knot it is created with; each knot is named after a notorious pirate.