Rug Art design competition for Art Walk 2015

Art Walk 2015 – Rug Design Competition by Middle School Students

Shouldn’t we all live in such flood of harmony

rug art hosts a rug design competition by middle school age students

With a great pleasure, in 2015 RUG ART INTERNATIONAL initiated a rug design competition for the creative middle school students of Hebrew day school in Florida. The final rug design will be constructed in Nepal by adult artisans made entirely by hand. The rug will receive the GoodWeave label, meaning No Child Labor is involved in the process. The prize is a beautiful custom hand-knotted rug designed by the school’s student, to be donated and displayed in the new high school building addition on the school’s premises, as well as a gift card for each of the first three top winners.

rug art rug design with goodweave label

The criteria presented to students is to create an original design that will reflect a unique atmosphere while keeping Jewish heritage in mind. During the process we received numerous entries. All were beautifully illustrated, some were  simply magnificent, the choice was a touch one.

We initiated this unique event because we believe that participating in this competition young students and future artists will value and cherished such an experience, knowing it was created to establish harmony between GIVING and RECEIVING.

By Giving back to needy communities in Nepal who help us create these beautiful works of art, we are helping in the support of Nepali children to be able to attend school, receive annual doctor visits and care, even celebrate their birthdays, while their artisans parents work in the factories producing the most beautiful rugs in the world. When one is recognized by the fact that one soul helps another to end child labor and made a single child feel empowered, it’s a priceless feeling of reward one can carry for the rest of his life.

And that is the very root of Receiving.

rug art design competition with goodweave

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring something beautiful into students lives and into the lives of children currently trapped in the ugliness of child labor.

We thank all the participants who help us share our vision and turn it into a great inspiration.

We have a winner. We will post pictures from the event and the winning rug design, the future young designer and much more, soon.

RUG ART INTERNATIONAL is a proud supporter of GoodWeave, a non-profit organization fighting to end child labor.

Miss you to pieces…and a fantastic no-bake cheese dessert recipe

It’s been a while I know………..a long while…………….I don’t know what to say. I ran out of excuses. But I felt compelled, as I usually do when it comes to Mother’s Day, and now I want to share a popular, delicious and sexy dessert that I often get to make at home due to its high demand, and I honestly believe it deserves to be made for all the mothers around the world on Mother’s Day. And beyond.

Psst: I transferred the content below from my food blog, in which there too I have no excuses for not showing up either as often as I would like. So I hope you all enjoy drooling at the appetizing images and then make this decadent treat.

But in the meantime,

H A P P Y   M O T H E R ‘ S   D A Y

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Alright, I haven’t been posting for a while, I have no one to blame but myself  and it’s only because I decided to do nothing and devote more time for sitting.

But first, this:

no-bake cheese dessert with blueberry sauce

I’m kitting I’m kitting…

I get 4,000 reminders from the Mr and daughters that go something like this: “hey mom/babe i haven’t heard your shooting gun pew pew for a while, what happened? and don’t give me excuses i/we don’t wanna hear it!”. So why did you ask.
See, my camera makes fast and repeat shooting sounds kinda like run-and-gun…too funny.

Now this:

no-bake cheese dessert with blueberry sauce

I’m also aware of the fact that by not posting every week can/may/has an effect on my blog and my beloved followers (hi honey), not to mention a limited amount of eyeballs.


…but that doesn’t stop me from coming back and posting about the things I love to do that fuel my soul.

And now this:

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauceYou see, now and then life throws at you a couple of balls to juggle like there is no tomorrow for example: we got another dog, a puppy, I don’t even know why. That’s a lot of show right there. Being away from home for a long time isn’t easy on my family (although I get to do whatever I want and end the nights really…really late).  I recently traveled overseas to plan my daughter’s Bat-Mitzva this summer. Apparently it’s like planning a wedding minus the groom. And I’m only scratching the surface here. The book I want to write that is long over-due and that my family “reminds” me about it every day…I’m about to explode. My head is full with so much to write that sometimes its hard to get it all out. Don’t get me wrong I love my head it’s wonderful and full of awesomeness but…wait let me breath…nonetheless, I will and shall make it happen.

And now, I am delighted to introduce a fantastic dessert that has just the right ingredients to make anyone happy. It’s summer, it’s hot, we wear less and excercise more but this dessert only completes our summer picture perfect. It’s surprisingly provocative and infused with acidity, sweetness, creaminess and texture that create a sultry dessert – it’s a party in your mouth.

No-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

So easy to make I call it SmartDessert because first, you can enjoy this elegant sweetness under any weather even if you’re having a turbulence in your living room. Second, it’s three easy recipes in one, where I’ll post about separately, that you can enjoy completely on their own. Smart he?

My favorite part is the blueberry sauce. O.M.G – It is to die for. I mixed a couple of liquids and made a heavenly blueberry reduction. The Mr was speechless! so was I. But you know how kids are…they always have something to say…errr.

Finally, this:

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

Shall we?


Cheese batter

8 oz. cold Mascarpone cheese
1 cup very cold heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste (or vanilla extract)
pinch of kosher salt

Blueberry sauce:

2 c. fresh blueberries
1/2 c. Kahlua liqure
1/4 aged balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp pure honey

*1 tbsp honey butter, room temperature – click for the recipe


Yields 6 cups. Grease 6 glass ice-cream cups with honey butter. refrigerate until ready to use.
In a medium bowl combine cheese, vanilla, sugar and salt. Whisk until smooth and creamy. In another bowl beat the whipping cream until thick and fluffy. Fold the cream into the cheese mixture. Scoop into the chilled ice-cream cups. Refrigerate 4 hours.

In the meantime, combine Kahlua and balsamic in a non-stick medium pan on medium heat. When starts to boil lower heat to low and cook until liquid reduced by a third. Add blueberries and honey, mix and continue to cook a few more minutes stirring occasionally, until sauce is honey-like consistency. Keep in mind not to overcook the blueberries. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature**.

Take the cups out of the refrigerator, arrange on a serving tray and top with blueberry sauce. Serve.  It is A.mazing every.single.time.

**I store the Blueberry sauce in a glass container in the refrigerator, it becomes hard when chilled. I stick it in the microwave on high for a few seconds to melt, just before re-use.

This sauce also makes an amazing jam on a fresh country toasted bread.

Miami Beach Art Basel {2014}

I’m an art explorer enthusiast. I love art fairs and I love Art Basel Miami Beach, America’s biggest art fair.

One of the highlights was that I didn’t have to fly down here. A little more than 30 minutes drive and I found myself exploring, washing my eyes with scenes, some were plain weird, I haven’t seen for a while. There was so much to see my eyes couldn’t catch up with my brain.

Leading international galleries and artists from around the world arrive to Miami to showcase their modern and contemporary art works.

Sculptures, drawings, installations, paintings, photographs, you name it.

– a healthy dose of exhilaration and a fascinating cocktail of art and parties. Although I’ve only attended the art part.

Unlike my previous visits to Art Basel a couple of years ago, this time besides being surrounded by landscape of colorful and outrageous outfits worn by ladies from all over, I was pretty impressed by the art.

Other then the sad fact that someone stole a Picasso drawing artwork estimated around $90,000, everything else went well.

miami art basel

miami art basel

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miami art basel

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As an artist, to understand a piece of art one must be willing to explore other factors such history even politics, for guiding references. You must free yourself from everything that is common after all art is not only about beauty. The process of art discovery is an opportunity to see and sense it through your “third eye”. It’s an exhilarating experience that lasts in the back of your head for a while, especially if your experience includes not only the discovery of artwork itself, but also the people who came dressed to kill (or to make me blind).

miami art basel

miami art basel

And I agree with that one.





Hand-knotted rugs: Enduring Hand-made products in a fast world

When you spot a hand-made product don’t you feel that your perception changes? You pause momentarily. You are curious and you take a second look. You want to touch it. You wonder what and who is behind the hand-made creation.

You begin to feel.

beautiful hand knotted rug. rug art.

You don’t feel the same way about plastic cups, smartphones or light bulbs (and if you do you probably shouldn’t ;)). The list goes on. Everywhere you look these days you spot a recycled or disposable product, which its convenience is not only cheap but short-lived.

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Conversely, one of the most beautiful and endured hand-made processes I’ve heard of, read about, lived with and working at, is the craft of rug making –

The hand-knotted rugs and carpets.

hand-knotted rug in an eclectic living room

As a little girl I remember my mother’s hand-knotted Persian carpets. She owned quite many. They covered her floors you could barely see the stone tiles underneath them. These hand-made rugs were absolutely beautiful, works of art.

I’ve always admired how well she kept them.

Being the only sibling who helped my mother take care of them and it wasn’t an easy task, I remember those days very vividly.

the process - washing a hand knotted rug.

Although not me featured here washing a hand-made rug (I don’t do it anymore), I helped my mom do just that in our own backyard.

I learned that these hand-made rugs were one of her most precious possessions and that we should not “eat or drink on them, walk on with shoes or play on them”, and if god forbid a crumb was found we should “remove it immediately”, because “they are made by hand and expensive”.

I did not always agree with her rules.

But hey I was a kid, what did I know. My mother knew her rugs very well and she loved her collection.

Little did I know that helping my mother taking care of her rugs would change my perception to the extent that I will teach my own daughters, who own almost every possible electronic gadget, about the passion and admiration I feel towards the craft process and history of hand-made rugs, or any other hand-made item for that matter. Something you will not find in any disposable or machine-made product.

rug loom found on a trip to Morocco.

The ancient traditional process and modern aesthetics of a hand-knotted rugs found their way into modern spaces pretty quickly,

and using conscious practices the hand-knotted rugs’ popularity only seem to rise more than ever before. Why? because there will always be cravings to get back to basics –

we all love the beauty of hand-made.

And hand-knotted rugs are made by hand. They carry a heritage and the tradition is kept alive while you support local image unknown. boogi modern hand knotted rug in a modern living room.

the beauty of hand knotted rugs and carpets. rug art.

And because hand-knotted rugs are Eco-friendly using age-old weaving method done purely by hand.

Their craftsmanship and quality are higher and last for a very long time, longer then you will ever live. Yup. You heard it right.

the beauty of hand knotted rugs and carpets. zaza in a modern living room. rug artHand-knotted rugs made to enjoy and endure. These pieces of art speak to us on a unique mysterious degree, inspiring and moving us in a very deep level.

Hand-knotted rugs – craft of greatness.

the beauty of hand knotted rugs

To purchase or customize a well crafted hand-knotted rug please visit the showroom or contact our showrooms representatives.

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