Delectable Moss Carpet Is 3D Spun Using Plant-Based Fibers

© Makoto Azuma & Unitika

Bringing elements of nature into the home is a fun and creative endeavour that can go beyond just plunking down some potted plants on the windowsill. It can get quite experimental and lovely, like this moss carpet by Japanese plant artist Makoto Azuma, done in collaboration with Unitika, which creates a gorgeous natural home accent that is surprisingly durable.

© Makoto Azuma & Unitika

Dubbed "Terramac," this moss carpet is created using a tight mesh of 3D-knitted, plant-based polylactic acid fibers underneath which supports the roots and can be “decomposed (biodegraded) by microorganisms in compost or in soil after 10 years. Eventually only carbon dioxide and water remain.”

© Makoto Azuma & Unitika

Seen back in the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair via Inhabitat, the idea is to create an bio-based product that has a low environmental impact in the long run, says the Unitika website:

TERRAMAC is named by combining "TERRA" meaning "earth" or "mother earth" and "MAC" meaning "Son" in Latin. The name, TERRAMAC, expresses "children (sons) of the mother earth" and carries an image of the "products friendly to the earth and loved by all animate being[s]."

© Makoto Azuma & Unitika

Just looking at it makes us want to wiggle our toes in it. Of course, carpets like this are just the beginning; there are other ideas like recycled wool rugs that imitate the look of Argentinian pasturelands, or bathroom carpets that use your wet feet to water moss, or even twisting, modular planters that conceal niches of moss. More over at Makoto Azuma and Unitika.

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