Open Studio
Open Studio

A robust learning intensive for those seeking a better understanding of Nepali-Tibetan carpetry in the early 21st century.

Production Consulting
Production Consulting

Experience based counsel and assistance manufacturing carpets in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Weaving Demonstrations
Weaving Demonstrations

Interactive and insightful demonstrations of the ancient craft of handknotted carpet weaving.

Speaking Engagements
Speaking Engagements

Conversational presentations with contrarian themes and a deference to craftsmanship.

Editorial Writing
Editorial Writing

Provocative, often irreverent, honest critique and editorial commentary.

Michael A.C. Christie

Also known as 'The Ruggist,’ Michael Christie is a well-known figure in the world of handmade rugs and carpets. He is an influential writer, blogger, consultant, and advocate for the handknotted and handmade rug and carpet industry.
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Contact Me!

Please feel free to contact me via the method with which you are most comfortable, but know I prefer to conduct the majority of business, communication, et cetera, either in person or via email, telephone, or video call.
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Open Studio Spring 2024 | Monologue

‘Open Studio’ condenses and distils all I know, all my partners at Karnor and Zekö know, into a course designed to educate participants about the circumstances of this era, introducing them to the realities of carpetry in order to provide genuine authenticity in salesmanship, service, and design. After all, how best to design and/or sell something than by understanding how it is made? Read More "Open Studio Spring 2024 | Monologue"

Materials Matter | Monologue

Yes! Things made of wool can and often do exhibit the beneficial properties of wool. But it is also the case that when we gloss over the materiality of wool - which is to say the specifics of its processing - in favour of the simpler explanation, ‘It’s wool,’ we lose our connection to tangible differences between materials. Read More "Materials Matter | Monologue"

Time | Monologue

Carpets have soul because someone, somewhere, imbued a carpet with it by trading away a portion of their time in existence. The most aesthetically and technically laudable handknotted carpets have soul, simply because they - like wisdom - take time to develop. Read More "Time | Monologue"

That was then; this is now!

Begun as a lark in the summer of 2008 the website of ‘The Ruggist’ has had many iterations. First as highly irreverent blog, then as a professional website for insightful commentary about rugs and carpets; penultimately it languished as a reflection of times past. If you’ve come looking for past articles, they can be found in the Archive section; however please note they are no longer updated nor maintained and many are out of date.

What you find here today is a more accurate reflection of not only me, Michael Christie the man behind the nom de plume of The Ruggist, but also my passion for forward looking modernistic views on the handknotted and handmade rug and carpet trade. Through various services such as Production Consulting, Weaving Demonstrations, Editorial Writing, and Speaking Engagements I work to more directly connect carpetry* to consumer while fostering an appreciation of handwërk in the 21st century.