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About Our Rugs
My favorite and
most successful rug designs are represented in this collection. Each design has been
carefully developed to exhibit the beauty of a handwoven rug, coupled with the durability
of a fully functional accessory or centerpiece. Each rug is offered in custom coloring to
suit the client. . .and each rug is produced by hand on hand-looms at our own studio. All
of the rugs are suitable for wall hangings and may be ordered as such. All of them may be
either focal points of a room, or beautiful accessories.
produced custom handwoven rugs for over 15 years. Our repertoire of rug styles and designs
currently numbers over one hundred, and we are designing new rugs every season. We work
with a variety of fabrics and yarns, in a variety of fiber content combinations.
While we have discontinued stocking printed
fabrics for rug production, we maintain dependable supplier contacts, and know where we
can purchase the best materials to produce the best rug. We are happy to work with fabrics
provided by the customer, and happy to assist the customer with purchasing suitable fabric
if needed. We always recommend that our customers consult with our designer, Sheree
Sorrells, before making a major purchase of fabric for rug production.
Remember that a high quality fabric produces
a high quality fabric rug. We recommend the use of good quality, soil resistant, and well
designed fabrics. This will add to the life of the rug.
Some samples are shown as woven with printed
fabrics. Sometimes the exact fabric may not be available for reproduction, but we have not
found this to be a problem. Most all color combinations can be found in other suitable
fabrics. And it has become more economical to shop for a fabric at the time of production,
rather than to maintain an extensive line of fabric selections.
Occasionally, we use textile industry
by-products in the designs of our rugs. These styles are usually located in our
"Country House" line, and may have color limitations. These materials are always
new and unsoiled, and are usually produced as a waste product of another textile industry
product. These rugs offer excellent service and great value.
Hand-dyeing and Art Rugs
Hand-dyeing is a
unique feature of some of our rugs. The Chameleon style series are as often featured as
works of art as they are rugs. Additional explanation of our hand-dyeing procedure is
available upon request. Exact COLOR-MATCHING whether in fabric or yarns is not guaranteed,
but well always get your approval if there is a question.
Cleaning and Rug Pads
cleaning is recommended for all our rugs. A good oriental rug cleaner in your area will
most likely clean an handmade rug with care. We dont recommend machine washing for a
handmade rug unless the rug is small (3' x 5' or smaller) and thin (no more than 1/4"
thick). This will loosen the structure and shorten the life of a heavy, tightly woven rug.
Not to mention shortening the life of your washer!
A rug may be spot cleaned with gentle,
low-sudsing cleanser and a sponge; using a blotting action, minimal water, and then
elevated to dry. The old-timers recommend laying your rug onto a newly fallen snow (a
particularly cold and dry one,) turning it over, and then sweeping the snow and the dirt
off the rug. Repeating with the steps with other side, and then placing the rug to dry in
an out-of-traffic area. They swear it works for cleaning AND reconditioning.
Rugs from all over
the world vary in SIZING. Ours to do. So if you need an exact finished size in length or
width, request ABSOLUTE SIZING - before your rug is woven. Otherwise sizes may vary
as much as 5% in either direction.
There is a surcharge for Absolute Sizing.
Please refer to our price list.
Our Style Names
Whats in a
name? Our Style names are a way of grouping our rugs.
COUNTRY HOUSE: Rugs made in pattern weaves
with high texture, or from industrial by-products.
CHAMELEON: Hand-dyed rugs in cottons or wool
having the unique characteristic of changing color before your eyes.
ORCHARD HOUSE: Pattern weave rugs in various
materials, having block or stripe motifs.
Our new line of wool rug styles in pattern weaves.
colors, colors and prints
Fabric rugs look
great woven from printed fabrics. Its one of our favorite ways to work in color. But
stocking printed fabrics has become cost prohibitive for the handweaver.
In order to give our customers more and
better choices in fabrics, our studio does not stock print fabrics, but if it is a print
you want, we can find it. We have always been able to make a suitable and comparable
substitution. Youll always get a change to approve our choice before production, of
self-respecting rugweaver will start a commission before the sample has your approval.
either. After selecting the rug structure and colors most appealing a suitable for your
project, let us complete the decision making process by weaving a sample for you.
Each sample is $125.00, and 97% of the time
one sample is enough to get it right.
Once the sample is approved, your sample fee
is applied to the total cost of the project. And even better, YOU KEEP THE SAMPLE. They
work great for table centerpieces to compliment your new rug.
Sample production carries
priority in the studio, and we can usually get them to you in 3-4 weeks.