March 1, 2012
In the past few long months I’ve been working like a mad woman along with Vidal, on my new design drawings, samples, images, trying to complete and perfect our latest rug collection The Cosmopolitan. The collection involves a lot of details in design as you will see and accurate color placement so it was essential to be as specific as I could with our partners in Nepal and to make sure we are both on the same level. Sometimes it’s no easy task and patience along with a good amount of humor helped me get through it.
During the course of this process I came to a point where I put away some designs i made, thinking “it’s not working” (something I’m not so good at convincing my husband to think the same), and only to find out later on that he snuck into my office, took the drawings and submitted them for production. Imagine the surprise?
Throughout my husband’s recent travels to educate our showrooms representatives about the latest rug collection, we received many positive and enthusiastic comments about the designs that I could barely close my eyes at night from excitement. It’s a good thing.
The Cosmopolitan is a collection where I pour out my passion to travels and share this beautiful experience. It reflects my inner world hoping it will inspire you too and that you will find a rug, or a few, that will fill up your space and your world.
When I designed the collection I was completely immersed in my own thoughts playing with my imagination while trying to create one design at a time, when I noticed a couple of things that I didn’t record then but remember them now:
Every design I create takes me longer (sometimes longest) then planned. almost always. Initially I have a vision of how the rug should look like down to the last detail, but I’m always surprised at the final results when the rug is unrolled. Love that new feeling. With every new rug design I feel fortunate to have created something truly inspiring that enables me to share it with you. With every creation I noticed that I must slow down, take my time, read the story in my mind, look at my colors and pictures, re-live those moment and let my hand paint words with patterns. I also noticed that with every new design there is a new invitation to re-discover those special moments – an invitation for you my friend.
When a couple of designers came into our showroom to view at our rugs the first thing that came out of their mouth was “sexy”. I love that. And I think it is.
The seductive hand-knotted collection can be viewed on our site but better yet – visit our showroom and/or showroom representatives for details.
January 29, 2012
”Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing”.
I love to travel, as you already know, especially for work. I get to see my designs how, step by step, everything comes together and the amount of people who help us make it all happen. This past trip though I couldn’t leave to Nepal but husband (Vidal) did and he came back with lots of goodies for me: news, pictures, ideas and anything creative that feeds my soul.
This collection of images of our latest designs, still at hard work, is a true reminder of the effort, commitment and all the hard work put together to make a true passion happen.
On the same note, every day I learn something new be it about myself or about work. Along the way one realizes that things don’t always come right the first time. Or one must adjust to the changes occurring in the field of choice. Or being able to recognize an opportunity even in tough times and discover joy even when you work hard.
That being said, we really have some amazing people as artisans working with us abroad. With every new collection production they never cease to amaze us with their commitment and enthusiasm, which make our mission so much more special.
I thought I’d share this with you:
all made by hand for RUG ART INTERNATIONAL
August 29, 2011
i have a confession to make…i haven’t been good lately.
blogging that is.
being away from office and home had given me a generous opportunity…made me feel not only very lucky…but awarded me with a new perspective. fresh. maybe this is what i needed.
it also motivated me to make some changes so i gave a mini face-lift to my blog. have you noticed?
so i’m back. planning to re-design my office in the next couple of months…i have three new rug collections at works right now…i’m drawing them as i write this post…and i can’t wait to accomplish the rest of my chores on my to do list. i’m ready.
speaking of collections, one of them i am hoping will be executed for production in the next month. this particular collection excites me because it’s something i haven’t done before and i am feeling very strong and positive that i should be doing this. did i mention i follow by my instincts?
here are some views that inspire me for this collection:
the play of colors that interact with each other can sometimes fool the eye…we can’t get that in day light. they are rich, bold and full of expression. i’m almost always inspired at night time (unless i’m Zzzz…). it’s when colors and forms get their full personality and stimulate my imagination.
i’ve already started my drawings and have a lot to go. can’t wait to see the results and share them with you.
for now, bonn journee
March 3, 2011
This is a new series of hand-knotted rugs that I put together as a collection inspired by my travels.
Every rug in this collection has its own tale…its own rhythm…its own mood. But together they show a beautiful mix of marvelous details inspired by nature, abstract impressions inspired by textures…animals…fossils… oversize flora…
Patterns are stretched across a beautiful soft wool background…softened and shimmered by delicate fibers…some are playful…some exotic.
Jungle Chic is my design mix of inspiring living elements and the fibers are my paint brush.
100% child-labor free.