Why Knots to measure speed?

In my last post of the year, I am starting a new practice that hopefully will help you stay tuned, not only to our main subject matter which is the amazing world of boats, but also to the latest trends in interior design and the products out there that could be easily integrated in boat interiors. Who says new year´s resolutions have to wait? If you are like me, I like things done asap. At the end of each post you will find one or more suggested links to fashionable, and of course exquisite design pieces, that I consider to be the best out there. I’m also aiming for them to be directly linked to the matter we are writing about in the particular post.

In my journey discovering and understanding the world of yachts, sailing, and navigation, one of my first questions was: why use knots instead if mph or kph? And the short, easy version is this one: knots equals nautical miles per hour, and a nautical mile equals 1.15 “land miles”. Now, why use nautical miles? Navigation uses latitude and longitude for coordinates and knots measure fragments of an angle instead of a straight line. The angle measured is the distance traveled along the latitude of Earth, and, since our planet is a sphere, its cross-section is a circle. To measure the distance of a given part of the circumference you have to use angles, degrees, and minutes.

If you want to go a little bit more in depth, here’s the main link that was helpful to me in understanding this: https://www.quora.com/Why-is-the-speed-of-aircraft-ships-and-submarines-measured-in-knots-instead-of-in-mph-or-km-h

Now, for my new favorite part of the blog, the suggested feature product related to our theme:

  • I have two recommendations, the first one is a literal one (post´s main picture): Amazing studio by the textile designer Neta Tesler based in Tel Aviv which fabricates cushions, pillows, stools and accent pieces based on a moebius knot. My personal favorite is the velvet collection, since I find them, not only to be more elegant, but also the richness of the light effects in the fabric due to the knot curves, create a delightful evidence of the piece itself and its intricacies. https://www.knots-studio.com/

  • The second one, would be handcrafted rugs, of course. With a small but solid collection of handcrafted rugs, the Knot House provides absolutely stunning pieces that due to the combination of materials (mostly wool and silk) create rugs full of depth and sometimes almost 3D patterns. https://www.instagram.com/knothouse/

See you in 2019, when we will launch at full knot-speed. Happy New Year!