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.
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!
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.