One of the joys I’ve been blessed to experience through my recent internet capers is meeting strangers that turn into friends. One such person is Marty Wurth with Grandma’s Loom Rugs. Marty and I met while he was searching for a factory to partner with to get materials for his rugs.
He was looking for a textile factory that wanted to recycle their waste and voila, I was able to connect him with the perfect place; a sock factory!
We turned into fast friends, finding common ground in our love for handmade goods and transforming trash destined for the landfill into beautiful new treasures. Marty’s rag rugs are a blast from the past and also, are a tribute to a cleaner environment and future. He trolls the thrift stores almost every weekend in search of fabrics and soft goods in need of rescuing.
“I learned to weave rugs from my grandma. She would let me help her while she would babysit me as a child. After she passed away, my aunt had the loom for quite some time. I now own my grandma’s loom and weave rugs when I am not teaching kindergartners at school – my full time job for the past 20 years.
Each rug is unique and one of a kind. My mom (almost 80 years old) helps me along with my oldest brother when they have time by sewing the materials together for me. All my materials are recycled or factory reclaimed waste and all my rugs are machine washable.”
The loom Marty uses has rich history and is an iconic piece of Americana. Being in use for almost 100 years, this loom has been making rugs for people from all over the US.
These rugs are amazingly durable and I must say, I absolutely love mine. It works great in the laundry room, kitchen or even by the back door for when muddy paw prints get tracked inside. It’s nice having a handmade piece of art that you can toss in the washer and bring it back out fresh and clean.
Marty, your work is beautiful as is your kind soul. We heartily welcome you to the Tastefully Inspired and Tastefully Curated family!