‘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?
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.
In the trade of handknotted, no check that, in the trade of all manner of rugs and carpets, the advertising and marketing, the salesmanship, the press which self-interests itself, and yes of course my own critique of rugs and carpets must not only welcome honesty, but must also champion it above what is often not-so-politely called bullshit.
Welcome to the first instalment of a new feature I call ‘Monologue.’ Short, concise, micro-pod-casts in which I, not surprisingly, share my opinions and thoughts about myriad topics as they relate to and intersect with the trade of handknotted and handmade rugs and carpets. It’s a – wait for it – monologue in its simplest, albeit truncated, form.
Whether or (k)not God, god, or gods exist is no concern today as we contemplate the unknowns beyond our grasp and understanding. This is what the idiom ‘God is in the details,’ means to me. It conveys an appreciation for all manner of things we as humans marvel at while remaining simultaneously naïve…
To embrace modern design and all which it entails is to place oneself at the uneasy crux betwixt the past and the future; only by first examining thoroughly what has been done before prior to folding in the techniques, materials, and technology of today can the modernist craft something in tune with the requirements of this era.