Donnemara Photoshoot

by Danielle Freudenthal on December 9, 2012



In November of 2012 Michelle Nelson Design staged a photo shoot for a Motawi fireplace installation that was designed, installed and executed by three Artistic License Guild members: Michelle Nelson, Riley Doty and Christopher Yerke. Also featured in the shot is the Donnemara Harvest, designed by the English arts and crafts designer, C.F.A. Voysey, and manufactured by GuildCraft Carpets. Room photography by Daniel Moore. And what a fabulous one it is!




Living Room Re-do

by Danielle Freudenthal on December 7, 2012


We finally had our living room repainted. A Benjamin Moore color named “Cork”, recommended by Michelle Nelson Design in Berkeley, CA. The room was too dark for MN winter so we brightened it up a bit. Now it has a warm glow all day and in the evening too. I brought in a different rug, of course. This one is Donnemara 8×10 in Harvest colors. Now I’m cozied up on the couch- Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.


Harvest Rug Colors Inspired by Mother Nature

by Danielle Freudenthal on October 18, 2012

Here is the yellow, orange, green, brown, red and bright pink of autumn leaves in the Midwest that inspired the colors in our harvest color-way.  Below the photo of the trees are up-close photos of four of our Voysey rug designs in these harvest colors.  Sometimes when I am talking to customers on the phone and their computer monitor is not showing the colors very well, I ask them to visualize an autumn hillside at the height of fall when the colors are their most varied and vibrant.  When they ask how the carpets will coordinate with their hardwood floors, I say “beautifully”.  Any floor made of real wood is a color combination already found in nature.  It follows effortlessly then that all the autumn leave colors, and the rugs colors we patterned after them, have an instinctively natural look that is just “right” on a visceral level.

Especially the golds and yellows, but even the fuchsia pink has an almost shimmery quality that is bright and reflective.  Picture how bright the yellow is on an aspen tree is when it turns, or the sumac you see on the side of the interstate when it is amazingly pink for that one magical week or so each fall- this is our harvest colorway.  Of all the seven rug designs in the Voysey family that we make in these harvest colors,  the most reminiscent of an autumn hillside are shown below in order: the Tulip & Lily 3, Vineyard 3, Lily & Vine 3, and Wykehamist 3.

It is extremely easy to find a rug in the Voysey collection that can simultaneously be considered the quintessential Bungalow rug, Craftsman rug, Prairie rug,  and of course, Arts & Crafts rug- Probably because if you reflect Mother Nature’s exquisite taste you can’t go wrong.  Her colors and our rugs are perfectly appropriate in Craftsman homes, Bungalows, Prairie homes, Victorian homes, or even more contemporary homes.








English Arts & Crafts Carpet Snapped Up At Twin Cities A&C Show

by Danielle Freudenthal on October 3, 2012

An original Arts & Craft design from Donegal Carpets of Killybegs, Ireland circa 1895. This rug, named “Banks” is now at home in St. Paul, MN after it was purchased at the 13th Annual Twin Cities Arts and Crafts Show and Sale.  Mighty oak trees in the border and a simple, repeating lattice in the field, with a fabulous Green and a Plum color so dark it looks brown. I don’t think a rug design can get more English Arts & Crafts than this.

We had about 10 rugs at the show, but the Banks rug stayed rolled up under a table almost until the end. I had forgotten how beautiful it was. Finally I rolled it out on the floor and it was snapped up in about 1 hour. In this lovely photo from the homeowner, Esmé, the flowers on the table mirror those in the rug.



Our Voysey Collection Rug “Magnolia 2” by Voorhees Craftsman

by Danielle Freudenthal on September 27, 2012

Voorhees Craftsman in Pasadena, CA are true Arts & Crafts furniture makers who made these two mission style oak settles and then paired them with our green version of the Magnolia 2 design. Shown here in 8×10 from the GuildCraft Carpets Voysey Collection and one of our strongest sellers. What a beautiful combination.



Fowler & Moore Interiors Rug and Fireplace

by Danielle Freudenthal on September 26, 2012

Here is a photo of the GuildCraft Carpets Arts & Crafts style rug Magnolia 3 next to a fabulous fireplace. The whole room is fabulous, actually. I love the Mission style chairs and tables, and the glass in the built-ins. Everything in the room just works! This photo sent to us by Fowler & Moore Interiors, the design firm that put this room together. We are flattered that Magnolia was included in such a fine setting.


CNN Series on GoodWeave’s Fight Against Child Labor

by Guildcraft Carpets on August 23, 2012

We’re very happy to be an industry partner of the GoodWeave’s organization, which works to end child labor and improve working conditions in the rug industry.

The following videos about GoodWeave’s unique market-based approach was part of CNN’s Freedom Project.  You can learn more about GoodWeave’s accomplishments on their website.

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