Blog: January 2013

Apocalypse Now? Cross-stitch tapestries by Cordeiro & Healy

Why Do Some Societies Make Disastrous Decisions? Jared Diamond’s question is the title of Chapter 14 in his book Collapse. He posits four sequential steps to explain why societies mismanage resources and fail to thrive or survive. First they fail to anticipate the problem. Then they fail to perceive it. Failure to solve the problem… Read more »

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Art Textiles
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Catherine Martin rug collection predicts an Art Deco revival

Apartment Therapy asked their readers the interior design $64,000 Question (inflation adjusted maybe half a million): What do you think is the next big thing? While your scribe hankers for Edgaroso’s “trilobites and burlap”, more realistically your scribe has selected Netta as the winning prognosticator. She called it for Art Deco inspired interior design. Others… Read more »

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Let it snow! Celebrate rugs by Ulrika Liljedahl for les Atelier Pinton

Snow is falling for the sixth successive day in London. So many snowy days that denizens of the Big Smoke are beginning to lose count of when it started. In doing so we have achieved what your scribe calls “the Dylan Thomas snow conundrum”. The Welsh poet and writer couldn’t remember “whether it snowed for… Read more »

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Carpet Design Awards 2013: People’s Choice

DOMOTEX 2013 visitors voted “Diversity” by Angelo Contemporary Rugs, Belgium. as the people’s favourite. Representing the diversity of humanity, the rug is handknotted from recycled wool and viscose. The designers say Diversity “stands up for the idea that it is only ‘hand-in-hand’ that we can do something for the planet. Let’s Cradle to Cradle.” C2C… Read more »

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2013 Carpet Design Awards – Winners

Announced Sunday at DOMOTEX 2013, we congratulate the winners of the international 2013 Carpet Design Awards:

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Jack Frost declares Winter war: fight back with flannel

Jack Frost? Wee Willie Winkie wants a word with you. It’s not enough your scribe’s domestic BTU usage means she is burning money faster than pound notes ignited on The KLF’s infamous bonfire. No, this morning Jack Frost laced London with a sheet of snow and for that there is only one affordable reprisal. Flannel…. Read more »

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2013 Carpet Design Awards Announced Today

Snow showers today in Hannover, Germany, but inside Domotex there must be a few rug designers sweating. Why? Because at 1600 local time it’s drum roll please for the announcement of the winners of the Eighth Annual International Carpet Design Awards. Shortlisted carpets in multiple categories are on display in Hall 16, Stand C36. Your… Read more »

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Prosaic to profound: Lio de Bruin’s handmade leather rugs

Designed for her 2012 Degree Show at Design Academy Eindhoven, Lio de Bruin’s covetable handmade leather needlework rug collection will be exhibited next month at OBJECT Rotterdam. Bruin’s inspiration was a “big needlework encyclopedia”, a charmingly redundant phrase to describe the book she sourced from the shelves of the Academy’s library. “De nieuwe handwerk encyclopedie”… Read more »

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Prayer Rug by Modallion at Toronto IDS 2013

If Madonna’s lyrics are a chapbook, guide or vade mecum, then her famous lyric line “life is a mystery” summarises the human conundrum. Just what does “it” all mean? Whether or not you question the meaning of life, a life lived well should be our common goal, and achieving a quality life will always involve… Read more »

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Peace on Earth 2013: Scabal’s peace fabric

“Clothes make the man”. So said American humorist and author Mark Twain. His famous quote was a comment on power. “Naked people”, he concluded, “have little or no influence on society”. In the hundred plus years since Twain’s observation, considerably less of our bodies are now habitually covered. But his quote is still valid. Clothes… Read more »

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