Singular Ornamentation | Monologue

‘I am an artist-ornamentalist,’ said Pierre Marie when I interviewed him prior to publishing my article on his spectacular tapestry ‘Ras El Hanout.’ Defined by the adroit Pierre Marie as ‘Someone that has the talent and the knowledge to decorate any surface with a story, a pattern, a frieze,’ he further adds that ‘…some media are more hungry for drawing than others; and textile is definitely one of them.’

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Want for Nothing | Monologue

‘If you want for nothing, then that is what you shall receive.’ One could argue the successes and innovations of this era of carpetry have brought with them great indulgences and luxury, and indeed they have, yet at what cost? Twenty-five years ago I began selling rugs and carpets and at that time a customised rug was a rarity reserved for only special clientele. A fully bespoke carpet?

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Intrinsic Value | Monologue

It’s a check, plain and simple; or is it… …simple? With its delightful colouration, this interpretation of a classic motif brings together myriad cultures, techniques, and materials into beautiful form. Called ‘Shomick’ by Odegard Carpets when the firm first introduced their version of the design to Western eyes, the checkerboard is a motif well known not only within Tibetan weaving communities from which the design was then ‘adapted,’ but also the world over; in short, it’s ubiquitous.

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Meet Our Makers | Monologue

If the handknotted and handwork rug and carpet industry truly cares about craftsmanship and artistry, which is to say carpetry itself, I posit that it should then supplant egocentric marketing and advertising with that which truly honours those who craft the rugs and carpets we so love and appreciate. Isn’t it time that we truly meet our maker(s)?

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