Highlights of the New York Rug Show

Pastel abstract rug in blue and pink Because of Hurricane Irma, I was not able to go the the New York Rug Show. Some of our vendors were kind enough to send pictures of rugs that did well for them at the show. Here are some selected rugs from those pictures

We Have to Empty our Warehouse Immediately

Carpet remnants Warehouse landlord surprises us by declining to renew the lease.

Which Carpet Should I Use?

Master Bedroom with carpet We know. Sometimes color has to be your number one priority. But for long term satisfaction you almost always will be better off starting...

How Rugs Are Made in Nepal

Nepalese sheep with a red pom Last month we hosted a presentation from rugmaker Tamarian on how rugs are made and how they can be customized in Nepal. I liked it so much that I'm summarizing the manufacturing portion this month in our newsletter. Special thanks to Chris Saliga and Geoff Duckworth for their presentation and making the images available to us!

Have Lunch with Us - And Custom Hand Knotted Rugs

Colorful custom made rug in elevator lobby

Lately we have talked a lot about customization.

Mainly we've discussed cutting and shaping broadloom carpet to make a custom rug for a variety of reasons.

Today we are going to discuss custom rugs that are handknotted, specifically from Nepal. 

If you like what you see here, please join us and Tamarian Carpets for lunch and an in depth demonstration with samples and slides. See below for details.

Fabricated Rug Cheatsheet

Fabricated rug layered with area rug

Custom fabricated rugs can solve a lot of design problems. Many designers may not be aware of all their options using them. Here are some ways custom rugs may be able to help you.

First a few definitions.

For purposes of this blog, a carpet reaches wall to wall. A rug does not.

The custom rugs that we are talking about today are rugs fabricated from broadloom carpet. The rug is born a carpet, but is tailored to fit a space like an area rug and suitably bound at the edges. More on that later.

Mid Century Modern ART on the Floor

Mid century modern art design on a hand-knotted rug

Following World War II, abstract art enjoyed widespread acceptability in New York, which had become the world's premier modern art center.


Jackson Pollock was a superstar among the art world cognoscenti. Outside of New York, many people said and are probably still saying, "My granddaughter brings home better art from kindergarten."


In spite of the scoffing, Pollock's works and that of many other abstract painters are still on the scene today. Now rug designers are borrowing from the Mid Century and designing rugs in the abstract tradition.

50-Year Old Loom to Revolutionize Rug Making

Nirvana collection "Peace and Light" Up until now, machine-made rugs have poorly measured up to those made by hand.

Signs of Big Changes in Fine Rug Making

Fine rug made on a loom Now for the first time in thousands of years, gradually, very gradually the hand-knotted rug industry is showing signs of change.

How to Make a Wood Floor Last Forever

20-year-old, heavily trafficked wood floor It is said that the wood lives and breathes. This very high traffic floor at Addison/Dicus demonstrates that, especially compared to the polyurethane finished floor.