Marc Janssen and ICE International

From the Baccarat Hotel to generational family partnerships, how one Dutch company is redefining floor coverings, one carpet at a time

Oftentimes called “the fifth wall,” carpets play a hugely important role in interior decorating. Marc Janssen, one of the world’s foremost rug-makers, puts it simply when he says he loves “reading a newspaper and just sitting on it.” But, as an object that straddles the intimacy of furniture, the beauty of artwork and the defining role of walls, floor coverings also must withstand heaps of …

Hand-Woven Marine Rope Mat

Austrian-born, NYC-based Sophie Aschauer became fascinated with nautical ropes after a New England sailing trip. Her penchant for the vibrant marine material can be seen in her hand-woven floor mats, each crafted in different sizes and colors from recycled rope.