Color, Are You Ever Coming Back?

Highly colored sari rug

Folks here are always talking about color. Or the lack of it.

Our most popular rugs are, generally speaking, in grays and blues in subdued designs. They support rooms with a similar serene feeling.

More on Cowhide Rugs

Rug made of cow hide from Argentina 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

Beautiful wood flooring with a cityscape in the window Wood flooring installation can turn into a disaster. We want to tell you about ways to avoid it.

Pantone, Rugs and Fabric - First Look

Pantone logo 2016 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

Beautiful traditional rug with red medallion

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.

The world's most beautiful rugs come from places in the world where our Western holidays are unknown.

Wool and Why We Love It

Rug in blue and gray

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

Sheep covered in wool

As proof of wool's durability, the Pazyryk rug is close to 2500 years old. It was found in Siberia, basically intact. You can see it in the Hermatage Museum.


Why Rugs Cost What They Cost

Transitional rug in pink and blue 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

Headshot of Gary Dicus As many of you have heard, Gary Dicus died last Thursday following a battle with an aggressive brain cancer. We who have the joy and privilege to work in the business that Gary created from scratch painfully mourn his loss.

The Basics of Natural Fiber Carpet

Sunny room with jute carpet Carpets made from seagrass, sisal and jute are referred to as natural fiber carpets. They fill important roles in interior design. They are wonderful neutrals. They impart a textural quality to carpeting that wools and synthetics can't. They translate well into area rugs, stair and hallway runners.

Three Carpet Installation Snafus That Will Ruin Your Day

Improperly elevated baseboards for carpet installation 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!