Tag: Rug Art
This week was hectic and crazy and a little emotional too. A lot was happening at our showroom, the event in Astra restaurant and at the D&D Spring Market. I walked up and down the floors looking at all the beautiful window display in other showrooms, as I got near our window I watched my 11 year old daughter holding a big sign featuring GoodWeave image and our partnership with them, right by our showroom door. It took me a few seconds to “swallow” the moment, then I approached her and asked if she knows what the sign is about. She pointed at the children in the picture and said “oh mom, they to go to school…you sell rugs and give them money so they won’t have to work”. I heard her answer but wasn’t sure what her voice told me. A typical eleven year old? maybe not. But I rushed to explain to her, again and in simple words so an eleven year old would understand the big meaning behind everything she sees, touch even wears, how privileged SHE is, and how many children around the world are not as fortunate and miss out on so much that she, at a young age, have experienced in her childhood.
Some day, I told her, I want my daughters to join me on a trip to Nepal to see and talk to these beautiful children who are lucky enough go to school, eat, visit the doctor when needed and feel loved and cared for. And it is only because of a great effort and compassion, I added, that come from good humans who care enough to help. Simple but fundamental things that many children in this country take advantage of. And just like her, I added, these children have dreams and want to become somebody when they grow up.
I look at the children on the image and think about my daughters who are talented, beautiful and healthy, and can’t stop but thank god for the gift he had given us and for the opportunity to teach, inspire and support others. I hope that some day my daughters too will make a difference in someone’s life. The reward is priceless.
There are some patterns I can’t live without, like oversize geometric particularly in carpets. I love all patterns like abstract and floral (abstracts in rugs only not in paintings. I just shockingly surprised myself), but there’s something energizing about bold geometric design that simply “blows” a room and make it look visually enormous, they work in contemporary and traditional interiors. When I work on geometric design I get this whirling sensation, almost disoriented, as my eyes roll around the drawings, checking every line and form making sure it’s where it should be, so many angles and points going across, very different process than if I would design abstract pattern for example. Bold geometric look beautiful even through the lens and I love to fool around with photo shoot and trying different angles.
The other day I had the pleasure to indulge on a shipment we received for inspection, the rugs came out so beautiful I wanted to keep them all in every room in my house. Patterns like these always add such a sense of order you can’t walk on them without looking twice. We have new patterns at works as I write this post, most are oversize and one in a small geometric scale with a rugged feel to it, makes you overlook the size and focus on texture. I take risks because I love to experiment, it’s the only way i know if it works or not.
If you own a bold geometric pattern rug than you got most of what you need in a room to begin with, because you already have an instant glamour going on. You can always repeat geometric in other rooms and in different scales, it adds such an undeniable personality it makes you take another look.
I’m obsessed now and am working on selecting bold geometric rug from our collection for my house, not sure which will win; my bedroom or living room…or dining…there’s so much to choose from and when it comes to choose something for myself - I am my worst client…
Now you know why i love them so much.
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”What is art but a way of seeing?”
I’ve been working on a new rug collections for the past few months, i’d say about two collections coming up for spring 2013. I thought i’d be done by now and submit them for production but it seems that my eyes, and i blame my eyes only, are the reason why its taken forever to finish. You see, art is in the detail. It really what sums things up. When i design i take my time sometime too much of it, i look at every little detail, color, hair of fiber and its placement. Then the most critical moment that can make it or brake it - i judge my work like “does this design feels right?” or “isn’t it weird to blend hemp in this section?” or “man…what was i thinking?” - things like that, if i don’t have an answer i go with it. And most times i don’t have an answer. That being said, i follow my guts. Whatever excites me i go for it. Imagine being excited all the time, wouldn’t that be tiring? Ha. But not for me.
detail detail detail
I love the positive chaotic environment that’s around me…is there even such thing? anyway, i’m surrounded by details of my designs, rugs, fabric swatches, pictures, silk yarns, paint brushes, pencils…that sometimes i want to scream…you know…that feeling of exhilaration…those moments when you feel you’re exploding with ideas and it seems to me that my space is too small for my loud over loaded mind. Speaking of excitement…
I want to share some of my excitement with you, the colors i’ve been craving lately in this case – all the them. Fibers – all of them. Textures – bring it on. Isn’t that exciting? I hope you’re feeling it.
And these are only a few of the many things i’m working on right now, not to mention I want to draw them all…turn them into paintings…that’s a lot to do…i need to breath.
Expressing one’s creativity is like scrapbooking – it’s full of colors, patterns, ideas – stimulation of the creative mind, the icing on the cake…don’t you think?
The magic of hand made rug making
The process – ever wondered how our hand made rugs “get in shape” after being removed from the loom? well, this is only one of many steps in the ancient process of making hand made rugs in Nepal. Some of the steps are fascinating to me and the one below is one of them.
I remember when we first started this company i’ve always wondered about the process of creating what we have passion for, but never had the opportunity to go to Nepal to see this magic with my own eyes, only the Mr. would go at that time (you know, kids, school, work). He would bring pictures to show me and i would “gobble” every pixel in every photo and ask lots of questions to satisfy my growing curiosity.
When time comes and I plan a trip to Nepal i arm myself with two cameras (in case one brakes or lost) and i take as many pictures of the process as i can. Last time was when our new collection happened to hang on stretchers and i had a chance to really take it all in. When the rugs are removed from the loom they get washed, lay to dry in the hot sun then they must hang face down while stretched on a metal stretcher on rooftops in Nepal, until all edges are uniform and straight.
Our rugs at the stretch zone. Isn’t that something.
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Yes, Moroccan design is like magic
In the depths of ancient Morocco you’ll find some of the most exquisite mosaic works originally hand crafted for royalty only. It’s so rich it’s magical. As rug designers and manufacturers RUG ART provides a bit of inspiration crafting each piece by hand down to the detail. In this rug, Mosaic from our Hair on Hide collection, we’ve embraces a modern take on an ancient craft. But the pattern is just as impressive.
Some of our Hair on Hide rugs capture a bit of Morocco’s magic and this particular rug is no exception – Mosaic screams craftsmanship and tradition but with a modern twist, which makes it one of my favorite pattern to work with.
I love to write about Morocco be it architecture, food, culture especially craftsmanship and inspirations. If you visit Morocco for the first time I assure you that you’d want to return to this amazing country and soon. As I look at the endless photos I took when i was there i always find a new inspiration or something that makes me think of a new design or collection, or a color. It’s like reading the same book over but your perception changes every time. That’s Morocco.Find out more on our Hair on Hide collection here, as well as other beautiful and stunning hand-made rugs. Become a Fan and stay connected for news and updates.