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10:33 am: I want a rug with the Mandelbrot Set on it. Any idea where I could get one from? Google tells me nothing.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 12th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
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you could crochet it?
although you would need a wide range of size of theread
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From:abigailb
Date:September 12th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
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I suppose, but that would involve learning to do it. :) Might make an interesting project.
From:x_mass
Date:September 12th, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
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oops that was me not logged in
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From:abigailb
Date:September 12th, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
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ok, having read a bit i'm not sure i understand what you are suggesting. i just want a regular woven patterned rug, that is suitable for walking on and hiding cables under. could probably manage with half a dozen colours.

i was thinking that there should be something like cafepress.com but for rugs, where you give them a PNG with the pattern and they send you a rug. technology should certainly be there.
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From:firinel
Date:September 12th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
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I know something similar exists, but it's a lot more expensive, because rugs, even cheaply made ones, are done on a loom. A design needs to be made, and then plotted, and then either fed into a program the machine that does the looming can read, or into a pattern the (human)weaver can read. From the decorating shows I watch, this seems to strike me as something which costs in the £1,000 to several £1,000 range.

You could, perhaps, get a small-weave sisal rug, a projector, and some paint, in order to make a painted rather than weaved one yourself.
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From:abigailb
Date:September 12th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. Eek! This sounds like something that ought to be possible to be cheaper if done in sufficient volume. I guess however manufacturers of bespoke rugs have no real interest in pushing down to sub-£1,000 prices.

So either I can set up a cheap bespoke rug manufacturing business, and do it myself, or try to find a boring production-line one, or just give up.
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From:firinel
Date:September 12th, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC)
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The only thing I could think of which seems plausible would be to approach a rug business and impress upon them the saleability of a mandlebrot design so much that they put one into regular production. The only company that comes to mind for me would be Trans-Ocean, but I can't find any contact info with a very cursory search. My google-fu sucks this morning.

You might do a search for them through - perhaps you'll actually find a rug which already exists that you'll like, they make quite nice stuff which wears nicely. I've no idea how availability in the UK is, however.
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From:abigailb
Date:September 12th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
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That's a much better idea! I can't be the only person unimpressed with conventional rug designs...
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From:eponymousarchon
Date:September 12th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Well there used to be make oyur own kits as my nana used to do it.

However, as an interim measure, does http://www.netw.com/~rafter4/welcome.html help?
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