People ask the most interesting questions. And some of the most obvious...but not obvious to our customers. Like, where does the name GraffitiMats come from?
To answer that question, I need to step back a few years, and tell you that I was a rugweaver before I started making GraffitiMats. I made beautiful and complex woven rugs on a huge 12 foot wide handloom. Loved doing it. Loved the planning. The weaving? Well, not so much.
My fascination with floorcloths began as a solution for highly trafficked areas of a home...my home, to be honest. We had teenagers, and landscapers in the family. A rug got a first-class workout at our house. I thought about painting floorcloths, but the painterly world seemed a long way from my studio work. But I had fabrics in all kinds of colors....alot of fabrics.
Much experimentation happened with those fabrics and finally I found a design theme that pleased me. I wanted these mats to be simple, spontaneous....colorful. This was a direct opposition to my rugweaving, where so much planning went into each piece. The process reminded me of....graffiti.
And while I am not in favor of vandalism of any kind, the mats still give me a reminder of the process a graffiti artist might go through as they evaluate the space they will paint. Nothing is even or true....choices are joyous and spontaneous.
Those qualities apply to our mats as well.