STYLE The rugs are each compatible with a variety of decorating styles and are equally at home on the floor or hung on the wall. Most rugs include a number of shades of many different colors to allow them to blend easily with existing colors in a given space.
CARE Unless otherwise noted the rugs are made from predominately cotton fabrics and yarns. The rugs are reversible and can be flipped over periodically to extend wear ability. They may be dry cleaned. All rugs are machine washable in cold water in a tumble washer. They should NOT be machine dried, better to be hung on a line, draped over a deck railing or layed flat in the sun on clean lawn. For best results with hand dyed pieces add synthropol to the wash cycle.
In my little studio in the mountains of Western North Carolina, we make one-of-a-kind handwoven rugs. The type of weaving, historically known as “rag weaving,” uses clean, high-quality, factory-woven fabrics, both new and recycled. We hand-cut them into strips and weave them into strong, brightly colored cotton warps on traditional hand-and-foot floor looms.
I collect materials from many sources and stack and sort them according to color and fiber content. I design rugs to best suit the character of the fabrics, so I can create a variety of styles of rugs, including some historically accurate interpretations of early American flatwoven carpeting.
To begin work on a rug, first the looms are threaded up with strong, colorful cotton warps. Then the fabrics to be woven are cut into strips. Each rug has its own unique character, some carefully designed to create a repeating grid or motif, others more spontaneous, with random striping occurring within a set color scheme.
The studio has windows all around, and the natural light of the mountains shines on all we try to do. All of the designing and weaving occurs in the studio, with the colors spread out like a palette. I am inspired by the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. Music has played an important historic role in mountain life, and it is a unifying force in our daily lives here now, so I name the individual rugs for fiddle tunes. Although these rugs reflect a colorful contemporary attitude, the reasons for making them remain the same as they have always been: to create new life for old materials, and to bring beautiful things, honestly made, into our everyday lives.