• Theodore Ellison "art glass window" carpet

    We recently did a project with stained glass artisan Theodore Ellison, who designed a carpet for a private client to coordinate with his “Ashley” art glass window. The window: The carpet design: The carpet was made in India of pure New Zealand wool, which is both soft to the touch and very durable. And of course, RUGMARK-certified free of child labor. I’ll post a picture of the completed carpet as soon as I can. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Ted and look forward to doing more in the future. 12/14/09: I forgot to add the photo of the completed carpet.  It’s gorgeous, despite the bad lighting in the pic. (Yes,…

  • FAQ Part 1: "Handmade" carpets. Woven, knotted, tufted – what’s the difference?

    This is Part 1 in a series. Please leave a comment if you find the posts helpful or relevant, or if you have followup questions. To begin with, it will be helpful to provide a quick overview of the structures and techniques used in making carpets. In a hand-knotted rug, colored yarns are wrapped by hand onto individual warp threads. They are secured by one or more rows of weft . The long pile yarns, which create the design, are sheared to uniform length. Persian and oriental rugs are hand-knotted. All hand-knotted carpets may be generically referred to as “oriental” rugs, regardless of design, because the technique of hand-knotted originated…

  • How it all began

      Like so many other things in this midwestern college town, it all started at the Goodbye Blue Monday coffeehouse, where Northfield’s glitterati and those with no visible means of support come to bond over lattes. During an otherwise typical morning coffee hour in 2002,  Davis and Freud were introduced by a mutual acquaintance, and the conversation quickly turned to… wool. Tracy Davis was the owner and proprietor of a retail gallery which sold antique and contemporary oriental carpets, and Danielle Freudenthal was the Vice President of Marketing for the last fully vertical woolen mill in the USA. One thing led to another, and a by 2004 the two had established…