• Rescued from child labor: One girl’s story

    Chhamu one is one of the many children rescued from slavery and currently receiving an education through the efforts of the GoodWeave organization. Read her story here. With every purchase from Guildcraft Carpets, you help to make this work possible!  Thank you for your support.

  • Producing carpets in India – Goodweave feature

    Goodweave’s Spring 2011 newsletter features a “Spotlight on India”, highlighting  the efforts to fight illegal child labor in that country.  All of our stock collections (and most of our carpets, period) are produced in India – by adult artisans, of course. Read the newsletter online here.

  • Autumn and the Arts & Crafts Movement

    Maybe it’s the affinity for fall colors, but September and October are usually prime months for Arts & Crafts movement events, and this year is no exception. Useful and Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris & the Pre-Raphaelites ~ Conference & multiple exhibitions ~ Oct. 7-9 in Delaware 19th annual Craftsman Weekend, Pasadena Heritage,  probably the second-largest annual Arts & Crafts event  (after the Grove Park Inn conference) ~ Oct. 15-17 in Pasadena, CA A Gala at Craftsman Farms, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gustav Stickley’s iconic Log House ~ Oct. 15-16 in New Jersey Chicago Cultural Center exhibit: Louis Sullivan’s Idea ~ through December Gustav Stickley & American Arts…

  • $10M antique Persian carpet sets new record at auction

    A 17th-century carpet previously in the renowned collection of Martine Marie Pol, Comtesse de Béhague, set a new world record at auction last month. The de Behague carpet, made in the Kirman region of south Persia, was hammered down at Christie’s for £6.2m (about $10m USD), almost doubled the previous record set by the Pearl Carpet of Baroda at Sotheby’s last year. Journalist Charles Recknagel did a much better job with the backstory that I could, so I’ll refer you to his post on the Tea and Carpets blog. [E]ven as Christie’s evaluators widely publicized the carpet’s pedigree before the auction, they badly underestimated what price the carpet might command.…

  • Arts and Crafts Movement reinterpreted

    At New York Fashion Week in February, designer Anna Sui’s show paid a stunning and creative tribute to the Arts and Crafts Movement. I was intrigued to see the values and aesthetics of the movement re-interpreted in a completely different genre. I had planned to write about this when it was hot off the press, but my blog posts, like my fashion choices, seem to be just a little bit behind the times. This slideshow from the New York Times provides a visual overview of the collection. Style.com’s review of the show sets the tone: One of the many joys of an Anna Sui collection is the intro it gives…