Vintage Texturing

Blue rug with faded aged faded design 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.

Black and White

Black, white and gray rug with furniture What is that makes black/white decor so appealing? Sophistication? Order? Simplicity?

Help for Nepal and the Hand-Knotted Rug Industry

Prayer flags in Nepal I cannot express enough the concern that we at Addison/Dicus have had about the earthquake in Nepal. We have done business there for at least 20 years. I have visited there more times than I can count. Of course the Addison/Dicus staff and I have many friends in Nepal that we are concerned about and are doing what we can to help out.

When a Wood Floor Looks Like Wood

Beautiful wood flooring with a cityscape in the window For fun we found some settings where designers combined a contemporary setting with a natural wood floor. We love the results. Using flooring that some might even term "rustic," these designers have have mastered contrast to create great looking spaces.

Rugs and Paintings

Gray and white rug with paintings We thought that pairing paintings and rugs would make for an interesting post. The key for most of us is having both elements complement, rather than struggle with each other.

Striving for Old Age

Pink rug aged I have observed three design techniques that cross over the traditional/contemporary barrier and give designers infinite possibilities to work with fine, handknotted rugs in exciting new ways.

Marsala with Rugs and Fabrics

Marsala colored rugs Marsala is the name of the wine made near the town of Marsala in western Sicily. It has many distinguishing and enduring characteristics.

It's fortified. Distilled spirits, usually grape brandy, are added to the finished product. At first this practice assured that the wine could withstand long sea voyages without going bad. Now it's because people enjoy the taste and warmth of the extra alcohol content (in the neighborhood of 15-20 percent).

Similarly, PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala, color of the year, evokes a lot of responses.  

Eight Social Media Tactics to Get More Interior Design Clients

Headshot of Eric Miller “We worked hard to produce interesting and attractive content on our blog. We promoted it by posting it on Facebook and sharing it on Twitter. Of course we have made modifications to this basic plan over the years, but that was the starting scheme and it worked pretty well.”

Oushak Before and After

Furniture setting with Oushak rug When our neighbors at Market Place Interiors did a photo shoot using a beautiful Oushak from the Addison/Dicus showroom, we could not resist doing a before and after.

Cowhide - From the Ranch House to the Penthouse

Orange and gray cowhide rug I can't help but marvel at the extraordinary craftsmanship and creativity I'm seeing in cowhide rugs.