Tag: custom design
Nature has been mastering itself for some time now and it is an honor to be able to capture its beauty. (Justin Beckett)
Ever since I learned scientific illustration I became fascinated by mother nature; rock formations and patterns, stones and plants.
When I was in high school I remember this trip very vividly; I was struck by this ancient magical small Cave in the Judea Mountains. It was an impressive collection of sculpted rocks and frozen drops of water, naturally formed during a period of a hundreds of thousands of years beneath the ground. I was fascinated by its ambiance and bizarre looking stones that like a magnet I was drawn back to see the cave time and again. It was a jaw dropping experience for me; The mood and color, nature’s glorious wonders, even the silence – everything was intriguing. I walked around gazing and speechless. I wanted to touch but wasn’t allowed. I did it when no one was watching. The rocks felt smooth to the touch almost like glass and very cold. The air was moist and strangely, while I walked followed by a path, it felt as if I was floating. I’ve never seen anything so magical, so magnificent and so naturally artistic without a touch of a human hand, as this drip-stone Cave. Still fascinated and in awe by this experience I knew that a rug design was a possibility and I already begun to envision how it’s going be constructed.
When I begun to think this rug in my head, my thought was to achieve something that will have a mystical/vintage feel but modern in design. The colors I worked with are not only subtly complementing each other, but also have an understated elegance. I chose to work with wool and silk. The design itself is layered with unstructured texture of drips-like silk, revealing subtle movement of elegant pattern in the background. Anything else added would distract from its sophisticated elegance. The high mountain wool is rich in oil which gives the rug its natural luster, but with the addition of silk the rug gets this patina shine that only emphasizes the design’s characteristics.
The rug feels very soft under foot and lustrous; a design well appreciated from any angle one chooses to look at. Visit our NY showroom to view the new collection.
”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
I love celebrations of all kinds and having a good times is always inspiring. I don’t drink but on occasions I’d sip on a good wine poured into a beautiful glass. A favorite is martini glass. Even when empty. It stands tall and the up-side-down triangular form is just so impressive. I bought two.
I was at a family event, a wedding, and there I saw a gorgeous display of empty martini glasses standing on top of each other, forming a giant triangle illuminated by halogen lights shooting from above. It looked like a piece of ice art. That was some display.
No I didn’t take a picture at the time (I’m pinching myself right now for not doing it). I was too busy admiring (who knew).
I had a good time but when I returned home I went straight to work.
Sketches after sketches and all I got was a busy pattern with simple large triangles that didn’t talk to me (yes I should have kept them. I’m bad).
Frustration of sketch/erase and sketch/erase made me put down the pencil and keep the idea in a drawer. Don’t know for how long but it was there for a while.
Many months later my husband looked through my files trying to find something… he found my tini “Martini” design there… “I want it” he told me, “make the rug”…
A fresh and clean illustration sketch helped me get the shapes and scale right where I wanted. Original idea of color palette, tone-on-tone, was the right choice if I wanted to achieve what I looked for: a repeat with movement in subtle variation of texture and tone that will work anywhere anytime.
My Martini design was finally submitted for production.
And so this week RUG ART, us, got our shipment of new rugs and among them is my little happy brand new “Martini” rug.
I’ve experimented with my camera and took some shots before the rug hits the showrooms. Take a look:
We are excited about this rug. It’s fun, modern, young. It works in many room interiors. Tone-on-tone coloration offers the opportunity to splurge on any color around it without losing the atmosphere this design suggests.
On the other hand, for color lovers, this rug can be totally customized to your most desirable shade.
Martini rug beautifully lays on the floor accompanied by our “Noche” custom silk decorative pillow in black taupe.
What a duo.
Make everyday a holiday
Everyone loves gifts. And every woman I know (I’m sure some men too), loves decorative cushions, especially cushy cushions. So why not purchase one or more of these inspiring gifts.
These decorative pillows are just glamorous and oh so comfortable. They are silky, soft and contemporary in style. They work very well with out hand-knotted or hand-tufted rugs. So stop by RUG-ART showroom and treat someone you love for one of these beauties.
Shadow pillow - linen base and cotton velvet applique, hypoallergenic fill. Playful and abstract design inspired by our hand-knotted rug design “shadow“.
Calabasas pillow is my old time favorite. Inspired by “Calabasas” rug, one of my first designs that came out in 2005. Gorgeous detailed embroidery illustrating a ‘sombrero’ flower motif.
Another classic design, “leafdrop” – Silk base with metallic embroidery. Inspired by “leafdrop” rug from botanic collection
Close-up “noche” pillow, inspired by “noche” rug from our botanic collection.
Find it at RUG-ART showroom 979 3rd avenue, suite 1518 nyc 212.207.8211 or any one of our representative showrooms