Every project is different, but typically the floor covering is one of the first selections made. It is the foundation for other finish and furnishings selections.
Where primarily do you source your rugs?
The sources I use for rugs depend on the application. For residential projects, I love the patterns and textures available with Tibetan rugs (Tufenkian) or contemporary selections (Masland Carpet or Surya Rugs). For my hospitality projects, which are primarily hotels and timeshares, the requirements for wear ability and clean ability are much more stringent. Typically I design these rugs from broadloom solution-dyed nylon or CYP patterns and have them custom fabricated. These are often bold, colorful patterns that hold up well with excessive wear and abuse, even cleaning products containing bleach.
I attend the Hospitality Design show in Las Vegas annually, and between shows I shop the Seattle Design Center.
Do you purchase custom rugs very often?
In hospitality design, the vast majority of products are “custom.” In the case of theme properties we often have the opportunity to take simple materials or designs and use them to establish a mood. For example, broadloom carpets used to create a “wave” area rug for a timeshare resort condo.
Color, where and when does it enter the purchase of your rug?
Color and pattern are key components for area rug design. Usually the first question is, “What mood do we want to establish?” Once we have answered that question, patterns and colors can be considered. In design, every detail is an important factor.
As for favorite fibers, luxurious natural fibers are my personal favorite but they are not always the most practical choice. I’m very pleased with the color range, texture and durability that manufacturers of synthetic fibers are producing today. Technology has changed our environment in so many countless ways.
How important are the “green” qualities to you?
“Green” qualities have always been important to me. I grew up with cotton rag rugs and hand made wool rugs that were made from our family’s discarded clothing. That idea has now evolved to the current “cradle to grave” concept that many major companies have incorporated into their manufacturing processes. I consider it one of my responsibilities as a designer to introduce my clients to products that are as environmentally-friendly as possible.
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