Andas Mer

Fear less, hope more; 
eat less, chew more; 
whine less, breathe more; 
talk less, say more; 
hate less, love more; 
and all good things are yours.

— Swedish Proverb


Andas mer means "breathe more" in Swedish and is a reminder to live a more mindful and curated life. Andas Mer rugs are handwoven in Minnesota with reclaimed materials from the local cut and sew industry. Scandinavian traditions influence the weaving techniques used to create modern designs for the contemporary home.

Sara Okern is a lifelong maker with a passion for textiles. She grew up in a small town in central Minnesota that was founded by Scandinavian immigrants, but it was only after leaving her rural hometown that she realized how much she was influenced by her ancestry, leading her to invest in a loom and dive into learning traditional weaving techniques. 

Photography by Ashley Sullivan