wabi-sabi: the beauty of imperfection

WABI-SABI: The Japanese art of finding beauty within the imperfection of life and accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. It celebrates cracks, crevices and all other marks that time, weather or love, leave behind.*

There are different ways in which one can live following these principles. It can naturally be applied in the way one feels and views life in general. But in a more daily manner it can be used in the way we treat the environment and objects that surround us.

For starters, aim to engulf yourself with objects and spaces that are rich in history, that have a soul.

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Repair objects instead of throwing them away. This will give the item a story, a past that will definitely enhance its presence. An object that carries the marks of time.

There’s a Japanese method called Kintsugi that repairs broken items by sticking the broken pieces with gold. It looks absolutely beautiful!

Also, use materials that enable irregular, authentic and unique items. These could be: ceramic, wood, stones, wool or metals.

Use a neutral colour palette! Whitewashed paints would be the ultimate choice. The tones should irradiate tranquility and serenity.

This inspiring philosophy is currently widely used in design in general and especially in interior design.  It created a whole new aesthetic that justly represents its values and ideology. Here are some of our favourite interiores that for us best speak for it.

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We believe the key in these interiors is finding the balance between Wabi-Sabi inspired irregular shapes and more polished, clean-cut objects. This way, the interiors don’t appear to be over-charged and keep their neutral, clean aesthetic.

Just as this heartening Japanese philosophy, at AWANAY we also believe in the embracing the natural imperfections of our rugs. Not only are they hand-made, but also hand-dyed with plants and flowers from the region in northern Argentina.  Within their production process, our rugs obtain unique shade variations. We aim to highlight the complexity and randomness of the natural elements, making each rug a unique piece.

This said, here are 4 of our rugs that we think would fit perfectly with the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic.

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