A stack of folded Iranian flatweaves as seen at Edelgrund during Domotex 2019 | Photograph by The Ruggist.

Look Deeper | Edelgrund

A teasing glimpse of design reminds to look beyond the surface.

Just the most iconic representation of a rug or carpet merchant I can imagine: a simple pile of rugs, this one from Edelgrund. In actuality though it is hardly simple and it represents uncounted manhours of labour; a pile, or stack, of rugs hides so much, only teasing at the beauty within. Perhaps instead of passing quick judgement or critiquing without contemplative thought consider looking deeper in order to reveal more of the details. Rugs and carpets aren’t mere embellishments for the floor, they also serve as allegory for many of our worldly problems. Enjoy the week my friends! What are you doing?

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A sample of Nepali-Tibetan weaving crafted by Silk Road Rug Industries utilizing the time honoured 'Wangden' technique indigenous to the like-named valley in Tibet, China. Historically prized by for its uniqueness the technique has yet to attract widespread attraction amongst modern carpet makers. | Photograph by The Ruggist.

What’s New? | Wangden

A revival of the time honoured Tibetan weaving technique, Wangden.

In an age of limitless custom handmade rug and carpet options, why does the instinctive question, ‘What is new?’ persist in our lexicon? Moreover, why are we so inarticulate? We ask for new, when what we really want is something beautiful and eye catching and well made; the ‘newness’ of wares in the handmade rug industry being a somewhat laughable concept in itself. So while this carpet is newly made, the technique is actually quite time honoured dating to long before the annexation of Tibet by China and the subsequent growth of carpet production in Nepal. It is a Wangden carpet and it is distinctive because of its warp-faced back, supple hand and handle, and in the case of this piece, luxuriously plush pile.

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Warholian Kush | Vinyl - A renaissance. The Ruggist.

Warholian Kush | Vinyl

Warholian Kush explores a vinyl renaissance of sorts as the iconic LP becomes inspiration for rug.

Please forgive the liberties taken in the operatic title of this article; given the nature of both the rug design and its originating impetus, it seemed only appropriate to adopt a whimsical, more musical styling if you will. ‘A Vinyl Renaissance’ sounds as though it could be the debut album from the uber cool band you’ve never heard of: ‘Warholian Kush’. And so it should be. Hailing from the utopian hipster paradise of Portland, Oregon the ‘Vinyl’ series of rugs from Brian Robins of Kush Handmade Rugs has not yet – to my knowledge – made it to the big times, though perhaps that will now change. Ladies and Gentleman, without further ado an ode to different times: ‘Vinyl.’

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