More on Cowhide Rugs

New Techniques and New Technology

Who can forget seeing spits roasting giant slabs of cattle on country roads in Argentina?

Who does not love the country that invented chimmichurri sauce? Not to mention the tango!

Now the creative people of the pampas are founding a new industry from their famous cattle culture: rugs fashioned from custom cut and custom dyed cowhides.

How to Make Your Wood Flooring Installation a Success

Your clients expect the best from any contract work that you as an interior designer recommend.

A couple of these, carpet and/or floor installation, can turn into a disaster. We want to tell you about ways to avoid it.

We already covered prepping a floor for carpet installation.

So today we will discuss wood flooring and offer up a few pointers to keep your client's confidence and love for you strong.

Pantone, Rugs and Fabric - First Look

Pantone took us by surprise with its duel selection rose quartz and serenity (blue). Pantone's website explains,

"A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude."

Rugs We Like for a Elegant Holiday Look

We all love homes transformed by the Holiday Season.

Of course traditional decorations like holly, tinsel and mistletoe evoke great memories and transform our moods and emotions befitting this special time of the year.

Some folks go futher and swap out major decorative elements of rooms like pictures and pillows.

Some folks also swap out rugs. That's the subject of this email/blog.

Wool and Why We Love It

Among the oldest textile materials, wool has been around for many millenia.

Why Rugs Cost What They Cost

From shearing the raw wool to unrolling it on the the floor of your home, hand-made rugs touch many hands and hearts.

Each touch affects the price.


Gary Dicus 1950-2015
The Basics of Natural Fiber Carpet

Carpets made from seagrass, sisal and jute are referred to as natural fiber carpets.

Three Carpet Installation Snafus That Will Ruin Your Day

You and your client have carefully, painstakingly, patiently chosen colors and materials for a floor-to-ceiling renovation.

Today the carpet installers have arrived, the last of the endless stream of workers on this job. You could be sipping wine in your newly designed masterpiece of a room this very night!

But no!

Vintage Texturing

Hi/lo, erased technique, vintage...these are all names for processes that're becoming more popular in the production of hand-knotted rugs.

What is it? Basically, it departs from the basic flat-top of the rugs pile to create different heights in the pile.

It may be to make the rug look older. It may be incorporated into the design just to give it texture. It may offset elements in the design to give them prominence, make them pop.