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.
A couple of months ago I had the pleasure to get to know a talented and a lovely Interior Designer from San Francisco CA. The introduction happened quite by accident when I was pinning and happened to see beautiful images of interior design projects that, when I clicked, led me to Anna Fane Pinterest page. Following her on Pinterest made her contact me stating she loves my art work and our rugs. Through interesting back and fourth email chats we’ve got to know each other a little better and now we can say we are pen pals.
Anna Fane runs her own design blog The Design Tray (don’t you love the name), and I love the way she designed it; clean and clear. Recently, I was interviewed by Anna who posted on her design blog. Not only that I like the post (really), but her blog is interesting to read and beautiful to look at.
Thank you Anna for the interview and hope to meet you some day.
When I started to work in my own company (sounds kinda funny right?), to me rug design was the beginning of an unexpected path that then, i did not know it’s tremendous potential. It was like getting to know every tiny finger nail of a new born baby. Get it right, i am tremendously grateful for my creative life and when i talk about what i do i use every inch of my body to express how i feel almost like fighting with bees. But as the years progressed i’ve grown and evolved and so has my passions, my taste, my eye. One of my biggest lessons was not only to work with colors and make clients happy but to learn to see the plainest of plain with a fresh eye. Most importantly, not to judge a color by its cover.
So today i’m writing about the color GRAY. In the course of my work I’ve learned to see through my studies of drawings and illustrations the potential and almost limitless possibilities gray color can offer. Those who know me know I am a color lover but you will find that in many of my designs, as bold as some may be, there is a hint of gray. The more i draw in pencil the more color i begin to see. Sounds strange? it is.
Most people consider gray as boring…plain…uninspiring…safe (non-risky)..even un-moody“, you get the idea. Think again. This morning I gathered some images of some of my rugs and samples and I stumbled upon rugs where gray, in silk or wool, dominants. At first i said great, these will look amazing in a new colorway so lets get to work. Than i paused. I kept looking at the pictures, the samples. All contained tonality of gray in different fibers. Beautiful. shimmery. silky. sexy grays. Gray is a color of cool and elegance. It can be chic and refined. Use it in a combination of wool and silk in a rug, add reflective surfaces in a room like glass, stainless steel, gray silk panels and you’ve just created a sophisticated, timeless and classic look that says: authority is sexy. And for those of you who are more emotional and insist to add another hue say orange, yellow or red…or blue…ohh don’t even get me started.
With a fresh perspective Yes, gray can be gorgeous because it’s simply the perfect neutral.
It’s hot these days, sometimes too hot and what a better way to cheer your floors with our brand new flat weave rugs collection. These flat kilims feel light, beachy and cool to the touch, yes even though it’s made of 100% wool thanks to our high quality weaving technique. These cheerful irresistible designs can make even the most humble room feel inspiring.
What’s more? our flat weaves are available in our own custom designs drawn from our hand knotted rug collections, or you may choose from other eastern European designs in a variety of colorways. Read more
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A few days ago I receive an email from Catherine Baker, founder of FashionistaCafe.com, who asked to write an editorial about me and my rug collections. She had met my husband Vidal at the ICFF and as she stated “…been following your rug collections and really like what you create and produce”.
Not only was I flattered but I loved her French accent too. It was a pleasure talking to her and as quick as she is, I’ve already got a link from her about the new editorial. Check it here
Shown: Fes hand knotted in Nepal