The Ruggist
Production Consulting

Production Consulting

Why Hire a Production Consultant?

Whether looking to produce a singular work for your private residence, create licensed collections, or enter into regular trade with a maker, I specialize in liaising between designer and maker, to ensure the rug you want to make is the rug you receive.

But this is not a one size fit all approach, nor is it about directing business to any one maker; rather, it is about matching ornamentation with proper form, translating conceptual drawing into three-dimension textile sculpture, and appreciating the materiality of weaving, not just the applied drawing. In short, the goal is for your vision to be realized to your haute satisfaction.

By leveraging my experience in the sales, manufacturing, and advertising/marketing of handknotted rugs and carpets, as well as my newfound skills as novice weaver, I provide a breadth of expertise well suited to the needs of discerning designers. Your ability to judge quality and workmanship paired with my abilities and connections creates an environment which fosters the best creative work.

Nota Bene: Please be advised that none of these services are intended for the layman or those uninitiated into the design trade. If you are a consumer seeking a single carpet, I humbly suggest you avail yourself of the myriad retail options which exist; the results will be better.

For enquiries regarding Singular Works, Licensed Collections, or Establishing Trade, please contact me via your preferred choice of available options.

Michael Christie, The Ruggist, shown here in October 2023 examining two (2) of his own weavings as he washes them during the finishing process at Karnor Carpet Manufactory in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Singular Works

From one design professional to another, I offer the ability to produce single edition fully bespoke Tibetan weave rugs and carpets. Perfect in instances in which you are both capable of discerning between nuänced qualities of handwerk and are likewise completely disinterested – at least initially – at making repeatedly or designing a collection. Perfect when you have a vision for a singular tapestry or carpet to complete your private residence or pied-à-terre.

In these instances I most often work through Euta Weaving, a collaborative effort between myself, as experimental weaver, in partnership with trusted, capable firms in Kathmandu, Nepal, as makers.

Licensed Collections

You’ve had a creative vision to produce a line of carpets ever since you first watched The Big Lebowski and are finally ready to see them come to life, but you also have zero-interest in the daily running of a rug company. Et voilá! Consider licensing your work to a new generation of Nepali Makers and Manufacturers who seek to establish themselves as the known brand, as they themselves are no longer content to be just the ‘unknown workshop’ or ‘mill’ – the latter a term I despise – behind so many of the widely known Western brands. These makers see a more transparent global appreciation of handicraft and handwërk in the future; one which resonates with the capabilities and wants of this era, and frankly, with that of emerging consumer demographics as well. Changing circumstances necessitate new ways of doing business.

My intent is to connect you with a maker who can not only successfully realize your vision, but also has the intent and capabilities to market your designs for sale in large global markets. Various licensing options exist depending on the collection and ultimate construction. Design for hire – sold collections – are also an option.

In instances such as these, I liaise with a variety of makers to best match style and form.

Establishing Trade

For situations in which you are seeking to establish a long-term ongoing business relationship with a maker and potential partner, I am happy to facilitate introductions to various makers, manufacturers, and exporters; again matching aesthetics and competencies to ensure best results. My role can be as simple as matchmaker, it likewise can be as consulting liaison; that is for you to decide.

In these cases, I offer introductions either via email, or in person during a dedicated purchasing trip – private or small group – in Kathmandu, Nepal.