It is a wonder that after 3000 years the hand knotted carpet still fulfills its role as the preeminent object in our 21st century interiors. Edgar Allen Poe in the early 19th century is quoted as saying that “The soul of the apartment is the carpet”. The purpose of interior design is to create soulful living spaces. From its very beginning, the knotted carpet created the stage upon which we live out our domestic lives. Archaic talismanic designs, diagrams of the cosmos, designs appropriated from silk textiles, or hip contemporary drawing and color, the hand knotted carpet places its spell on the well-designed room. They imbue these rooms with light, visual delight, and the blessing of beauty.
In the photographic slide show on the home page, one can see the transformative “life“ that good rugs and carpets bestow on the rooms they reside. These are the important objects that continue to elevate our spirits.
“I do suggest however that we are not seeking a technique which will produce permanent dyes but one that will give shades which may fade slightly but which will produce carpet depth, harmony, and a natural glow” ~The Persian Carpet, Cecil Edwards, talking about vegetable vs synthetic dyes