We’re a huge fan of our ‘home’ Design Center at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, which is supposed to be the world’s largest interior design resource in the country. We believe it, given the range and quality of the furnishings that are available here. In New York, we always visit the D&D Building.
Do you have a favorite source?
Oscar Isberian is a remarkable resource for both antique, vintage and new rugs. He’s known for his amazing stock and customer service. Oscar has encyclopedic knowledge of the rug industry. We also like Matt Cameron for his large array of in-stock options and exceptional customer service; Merida for their diverse array of sisals; Holland & Sherry for beautiful rugs that are also hip and innovative — especially their line by Galbraith & Paul; FJ Hakimian for their interesting, out-of-the-ordinary offerings; and Kyle Bunting for great hide-on-hair rugs.
When do you start to consider the rugs?
As early on as possible. Rugs ground a space and help determine how the space ‘lives’ and ‘works’ by establishing a room’s decorative tone, palette and comfort quotient. So we address it immediately when we do projects, especially since there can be a long lead time involved.
What features are most important?
We work with a sophisticated clientele, so we use sources that stock a wide range of styles and understand their decorative potential. We look for rugs that are executed well. They should be made out of the finest materials possible, using impeccable construction. It’s also extremely important to us that a vendor is accurate about lead time and promises to stand behind their product.
Any suggestions for the dealers?
In our business, personal service is the key to sales. We like to use dealers that will take trade-ins on antique and vintage rugs.