Angela Adams' Nature-inspired Modern Rugs, Wovens, and Pillows

I am in LOVE with Portland, Maine-based design house Angela Adams. I’m especially enamored of their rugs, which are some of the most unusual, interesting, and colorful I’ve ever seen. I’m probably drawn to them because they are all interpretations of native Maine ecosystems, from ocean waves at dusk (the rug above) to woodland paths, to seaglass (bottom rug image).

In addition to the rugs, Angela Adams also designs modern furniture, housewares (my boyfriend bought me the most gorgeous “Sea Fantasy” tray!), bedding, candles, bags and totes, and more.

Kenga/Rain Bag

It’s no surprise that a design house that describes the inspiration for one of it’s rugs, “Stream” this way, is committed to environmental preservation: “Stream is inspired by the water on the shore rolling back into the ocean, carving curvy lines in the sand, rocks and shells as it flows by.”

Angela Adams strives to protect their native ecosystem, and those further afield with a number of initiatives, including:

Our furniture is crafted with American, i.e. domestically-grown, hardwoods that are harvested in compliance with sustainable forestry guidelines. And, whenever possible, our textiles contain post-consumer recycled fibers and are manufactured right here in the United States. Our totes are fabricated in the United States, thereby avoiding international shipping and decreasing the environmental impact.

Maine’s precious and breathtaking natural resources are not just at the core of our aesthetic, but also at the forefront of our decisions about manufacturing and materials, our selection of business partners, and our everyday choices about how we operate our company.

Ruthie/Seaglass rug.

The rugs are: “…responsibly handmade by skilled artisans. A portion of the proceeds from every rug sale is donated to the country where it was manufactured.”

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.