Posted on January 27 2021
Over the last 30 years, I have been privileged to have witnessed, firsthand, the sense of history and deep connection that traditional rugs can create. Such rugs bring a smile to faces, a sparkle to eyes, and inevitably they bring memories of grandma’s house or the first rug ever purchased. Rugs remind people of favorite occasions and favorite foods. I am in awe of the myriad ways that clients and friends find to describe their color, texture and individual sense of comfort and connection.
above: Modern HERIZ pattern rug.
below: Details of KHOTAN and classic HERIZ rugs.
There are many styles of “traditional” rugs: classic, formal patterns, also called city rugs, which are produced in carefully-supervised workshops; cottage industry or village rugs, which tend to have a loosely-followed formal pattern; traditional tribal rugs, often quite abstract and certainly loaded with hidden meaning, reflecting the imagination and experience of the weaver herself.
Whether an ancient pattern or a modern interpretation, traditional rugs work well across styles, grounding and enlivening rooms ranging from formal to informal, classic to modern.
above: A SERAPI pattern, installed in a lovingly restored Portland home. Interior design by Katy Krider.
below left: Classic cloud band TABRIZ pattern, re-imagined by Rug Star. Interior design and buildout by Portland architect Michael Howells.
below right: Modern interpretation of an antique MAMLUK 16th century pattern by Wool & Silk Rugs, partly erased to evoke the passage of time, and rendered in modern colors. Available by order in a wide range of colors and sizes. Interior design by Jeff Lamb Residential. Photo by Pete Ekert, WSJ (digital), June 19, 2018.
We’ve just unrolled a vivid assortment of village rugs, handknotted in Pakistan in an artisanal homage to traditional styles and influences.
Their bright colors bring joy and layers of depth to the designs. Live deep, live loud, live full of color; especially here in the gray Northwest.
And finally, here are two traditional rugs from my own home. They bring me comfort and joy, daily. I wish the same for you. -Christiane
above: A 19th century silk TABRIZ draped across a table.
below: Modern interpretation of a HERIZ pattern. Hand-spun yarns, natural dyes, playful colors.