Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tired of beige and grey? How about pink?

A rug doesn't always have to be shades of beige or grey.  A pop of pink in a runner can be just the punch of color needed in a room.  Here's my Rocky Medallion design specified in pink and cream...from digital rendering straight to the loom in Nepal.

Rocky Medallion Pink (Digital Rendering)

Rug on Loom in Nepal

Finished Hand-knotted Tibetan Rug

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hereke Rugs found me on Google+

If you haven't heard of Google+ yet, you may want to check it out.   It's Google's answer to Facebook and appears to be a very powerful tool.  I joined Google+ about a week ago and my very first friend request was from Solveigh Calderin, owner of Hereke Carpets in Istanbul.  As a rug designer, I was thrilled to have this connection to a potential new supplier in Turkey (I'm in Minneapolis, Minnesota).  There must be some very clever algorithum hiding behind the wall of Google+ because not only did Solveigh find me, but Google+ automatically found my Twitter and Facebook pages and my Picasa web-based photo album.  I didn't have to do a thing, they all just instantly came together on my Google+ page.

As a result of the connection, I was able to see this beautiful Hereke silk carpet...  It is 42 X 68 cm and has 100 knots per cm2 which translates to approximately 667 knots per square inch.  Amazing level of detail in the design!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sell your unique value as a designer and create a custom rug!

Creating a custom rug is easier than you think.  Carrie Rodman, Design Director at Martha O'Hara Interiors, selected one of over 200 designs on my website and specifed a custom size and her client's colors for the hand-knotted Tibetan wool runner below.

STEP 1:  Create a digital rendering.

STEP 2:  Create a 1' X 1' or 2' X 2' strike off

STEP 3:  Begin weaving the rug in Nepal

And, in 12 to 14 weeks, depending on the size of the rug, you will have your unique, artisan hand-knotted Tibetan rug which will last for generations.