70% of all trees in the forests of Brandenburg State, Germany are pine trees. Due to the sandy soil and low annual precipitation, pines have a much easier time thriving here than other tree species. Pine wood is one of the most important timbers in Germany and Europe. Millions of cubic meters are felled in Germany every year for a variety of uses as construction material. It is also a popular wood in furniture construction due to its decorative structure. But pine trees are not only made of their wood: One of their best-known features is the evergreen pine needles. These are produced as waste products during logging. That's estimated millions to billions of pine needles per tree that go to waste, a billion pine needles filled with potential.
With the help of warp yarn, the pine needles can be woven together to form a completely biodegradable textile: When it is damaged or no longer wanted, it can be composted and provide the basis for new pine trees to grow.
Named after the Finnish word for feast and celebration, “Juhla” represents a new and sustainable way to celebrate Christmas. The rug - made from 100% domestic pine needles - replaces the traditional Christmas tree in a durable, sustainable, and compact way. The falling needles are collected, sorted, and reconnected. The process itself is a small celebration of the cycle of life (the original pagan symbolism behind the Christmas tree). The rug offers space to place gifts or can be hung decoratively on the wall. “Juhla” easily and quickly adapts to all needs and helps to have a merry Christmas without a guilty conscience!
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Pine needle, thread.