Tag: hand-knotted rugs
What comes to your mind when you think of the word Art? do you think Van Gogh? Picasso? a large colorful painting hanging a wall? when i looked up the word “art” this is what i found: “Art: skill acquired by experience, study, observation” or “the quality or state of being artful”. Also, “implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power” (what does that mean?). But to me over the years, the word art became much bigger than it sounds, more meaningful in so many ways. It’s not only the results of a creative power that comes out of a vivid sleepless imagination, or this perfect color combo that makes the room or a rug seem so fit, so perfect. To me art is a way of life. culture. love. It could be anything one wishes it to be. At the end of the day when i finally lay down to relax and unwind, my eyes are on the TV screen but not really watching tv, my mind is away, thinking, dreaming, imagining scenes, patterns, colors. The glass of rich red wine with cheese platter my husband prepares for us daily and place it on the coffee table, even that makes me mesmerize. I look at the platter, study the colors, the textures of the cheese down to the littlest crumb, checking out the wine color against the spot light and again, my mind drifts away. I used to trying to stop “thinking work” when i was outside my office, to let go when i don’t work but with not much success. Thinking artistically is in my blood. I just can’t help it. Art in so many ways can change one’s life forever. It did mine. My work and personal life have become one, making my life artistically imperfect – just the way I like it and the inspirations keep pouring in. For the past years each morning when i wake up I’m eager to know what i will discover on this new day. What story will trigger me to design next? what my painting subject will be this time?
This year I’ve decided to reevaluate what art means to me. Art is home. RUG ART is home. And home is where we live and work with people and objects we love and cherish. It’s where we experiment our little secrets before we reveal them to the world, or not. It’s where ideas are conceived. My office speaks RUG ART, my home speaks RUG ART, even my closet and it’s not only about the art of designing rugs. It’s about how we do effects our lives. And here at home, at RUG ART, designing rugs is not only about drawing, sketching and creating beautiful rugs, although it’s a beautiful process in itself, but it’s the people, the clients, employees and all those around us who support us for what we do. It’s also the people on the other side of the globe who understand and know the meaning of a true passion, those who help us create what we love the most, in which our products wouldn’t be as meaningful and beautiful without them. Now to me that is art.
RUG ART is a company I’m happy to be part of since day one. Vidal and I have watched it grow and take shape. We’ve watched it become our favorite activity (even on weekends). Yes, that’s what happens when work becomes a play. So this 2013 we will continue watching it grow all with a good cause. And as for me, this year I will let life discover more for me, I will learn more, let my hand draw more, let my mind drift farther and make my lips laugh often. Last but not least, I will let art simply be what it has always meant to me – home.
I want to thank Vidal, my husband, for his constant strong support and everyone else who knows and our clients, partners and friends – thank you all. I know this year will be even more amazing and i simply can’t wait.
Check out this month’s issue of FLORIDA DESIGN magazine and see, as featured, the beautiful colors of our Moroccan inspired rug “sultry”.
Not only fashionable rug, but chic. We think.
Shadow rug design
I had to write about my Shadow rug design again i guess because i love it so much and it does have a lot of admirers…and they are growing. In our showroom Shadow almost never goes unnoticed.
A recent project by one of our clients shows just how many personalities Shadow rug can convey. Some clients place this rug against a dark wood floor which shows the design as a focal point. Others match the background of the rug to the color of the floor to create a sophisticated blend without overpowering the rest of the furnishing, but the design still takes center stage.
In this image I just got from our client however, i felt the urge to share it with you. I cannot ignore the atmosphere created by the plays of lights bouncing around this room coming from the window, light fixtures, chrome chairs and the “glassy” floor that’s on top lays my rug “Shadow” which simply plays off the lights in this room, with it’s warm golden over-scale shimmery silk pattern. Even the rug looks wet.
This room is minimal but there is so much going on thanks to the reflective lights filled with the addition of the warmth coming from the rug, everything here just screams GLAMOUR. I would love to sit in this room. and wait.
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Question: what goes through your mind when you look at Tulip flower? I wonder if this question is for the ladies of the house only…or maybe men too?
I’m listening to Barry White I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby as I write this post, a song that makes me think about all the beautiful flowers I’ve seen or painted or read about until now, but Tulip, a sensual and romantic flower, pops in my head the most. While my ears enjoy Barry’s sensual music that go so perfectly with this flower like wine and cheese, I’m sharing one of my biggest inspirations this season – Tulip – the world’s most coveted flower.
I remember taking botanical art classes in NYC and one of the assignments was to draw Tulipa flower from live model, in silver point. I’ve never done it before and didn’t know where to begin but I put the beautiful red tulip in a tiny vase and stared. I watched it twist and turn and respond to light just like a rock star. I sat among other very talented ladies, which made me a little nervous knowing mine will probably not look as “professional”.
It was then, more than any other drawing I’ve done before, that I took my time to carefully observe this elegant specimen. It’s delicate and minimal appearance tricked me into thinking it’s an easy subject but I was wrong – the petals are simply perfect and each reflects this beautiful mirror shine meeting at the gentle curve all around, an effect I have never attempted to mimic before (fear?). They all point out of the same curvy stem and its leaf looks more glued on than growing out of, and peaking through the petals was this tiny stamen (male reproductive organ in a flower). My hand was shaking…literally.
I put the silver point on the smooth paper and I begun drawing…slooowly. By the time I had finished the drawing the Tulip was bent almost reaching the table.
Two hours later this is what I came up with:
I could finally breath. My instructor lifted the paper very gently like it was the Tulip itself and looked at it…and looked at it. She didn’t have to tell me anything.
I kept the drawing dear and near until I came up with an inspiration for a rug design. I knew I wanted to show a single larger than life Tulip, in an artistic painterly effect capturing the essence of spring in a visual manner that could be appreciated by both genders. And so with another Tulip painting that I did in watercolor (below), I combined the two and manipulated their appearance to create an abstract composition.
I love the mystery of a Tulip and when it comes to design it I love it even more because I can customize it to any emotional impact you desire. This rug is sure to energize a room.
A luxurious stunning $30M NYC apartment is elegantly decorated with our hand knotted custom rugs. A collaboration between RUG ART and interior designer Felicia Zwegner who created beautiful inviting rooms to live in. Take a look at these pictures as well as a video via NBC.
Many thanks to Felicia who provided us with the links.