Hello and Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween weekend and their EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP! WOO WHOO! What better way to start off the month of November then with this phantasmagorical (that’s right people break out your dictionary.com app…unless this qualifies me as a complete nerd to which I’ll ask you to please totally disregard that reference) handmade, wool and bamboo silk, Tibetan weave Rug Love Of The Day pick! The reason this special rug was chosen today is because of its blue, grey and off-white holiday festive colors! We are now in the thick of the holiday season with Halloween always kicking it off right and leading us right into the next upcoming holidays such as Thanksgiving! (Did anyone else just get hungry?…No? Just me? Okay then moving on!) This Indian rug screams festive and can be used to be decorative all year round; whether falling into Autumn or springing into Spring! Check out this rug and many more on our website and find your Rug Mate today! If you see any rugs on the site that interest you and feel should be nominated as the #RLOTD, feel free to comment below and tell us why you think it should! I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their Monday and remeber there are never any bad days only some better than others! #RLOTD #ForTheLoveOfRug
SOUND THE TRUMPETS! ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET!…wait, actually…roll the red carpet back up we don’t want it to overshadow our RUG LOVE OF THE DAY! Today’s Rug Love Of The Day is one of our handmade contemporary wool and silk area rugs, originating from India. It has a floral-like, ambiguous, visibly-invisible design etched into it, possessing a modern interpretation of a daisy with a subtle existence. It’s not until further inspection and inquisition that you can see that there’s more that meets the eye. All of our rugs at Utah Rugs (located in Salt Lake City) are hand made and come in a different ranges of size. We also take specialized orders! Head to Utah Rugs to get your fix for your love of rugs! And to view today’s #RLOTD simply enter the ID number 31898 in the search bar. Do it for the love of the rug! Happy Humpday everyone! 🙂
They say that we get better with age, but I don’t think I believe that. They say that we become wiser and more mature with age, but I don’t believe that either. To be honest I’m afraid to get older because I’m only good at being young. When I speak about getting older it has nothing to do with my threads becoming old and not as tightly knotted as they used to be; that’s natural and nothing a good weaver can’t fix. What scares me are the beliefs and thoughts the rug society tries to weave within our threads; making us believe that our lives travel along the same single threaded path with the ENTIRE design of our world going in the same direction. To me that idea is pure insanity. Though our paths are interwoven and we all are relatively connected in the grand scheme of the design, no one rug leads the same path or destiny because no one rug has the same history; so NATURALLY we’re different! Today traditional, contemporary, and transitional are ALL different and yet the same. We now have a plethora of ways to invent ourselves and re-invent ourselves! Whether you’re an old time traditional rug that wants to express their more contemporary side by being over dyed or wash erased; or a transitional rug who enjoys their history and is woven with a more traditional design while still keeping their contemporary edge, it’s always about being who you are while expressing who you are at the same time. If you want to lay on the floor as a rug, lay on the floor! And for those who want to spread their threads and venture closer to the sun like the story of Icarus and be hung on the wall, well then be different and hang on the wall! Let your owner know, “I am forever young and I was made to be seen!” (cue Jay – Z and Mr. Hudson “Forever Young” song)
Contemporary rugs are the rugs of today. They are the “here and now” works of many modern artists such as Andy Warhol, Plum Blossom from Karastan, and even designer brands like Calvin Klein. They differ from traditional rugs by the way they look and sometimes feel. As oppose to traditional rugs which are made up of neutral and tempered colors, contemporary rugs are often composed of vivid, vibrant and more live-like colors that stand out. The geometric patterns used on contemporary rugs are often reminiscent of the famous painter Pablo Picasso’s bold cubism paintings. Sophisticated patterns such as curved, floral and polka dot design, are often features that identify contemporary rugs. With the many designs and color ranges of contemporary rugs, it’s easier to find and match a rug of your liking to almost any household theme; such as today’s Rug Love Of The Day composed of a Tibetan weave wool material originating from India. Today there is a high demand for not only contemporary rugs, but traditional rugs with a new twist on them with color reformation such as over-dying and wash erased. For more information on this rug visit Utah Rugs and enter the ID number 30275 in the search bar. Do it for the love of the rug!
BLOGisode 3: Kilim Me Softly
I’ve never seen that guy in my life, who is that? And what’s she doing hanging out with him; he’s a Kilim. He’s nothing but a flatly woven piece of thread! A Rug Thug!…Whoa, cool it Tracey. Don’t go getting your knots in a knot and making such assumptions; you were woven better than that. Sigh. But who is he? And what does he have that I don’t? She looks like she’s happy with him. I wish I was the one making her happy. Oh great they’re coming this way! Be calm Tracey you got this just say hello this time,
Wow that was terribly forced.
Why is she looking at me so confused, now I’m confused? Oh my rug…I totally forgot that we haven’t truly met before, I’ve only seen her and been secretly in love with her ever since. Smooth move Tracey, you’ve officially just stamped yourself as a carpet creeper. C’mon Mr. Transitional recover! Recover!
“I’m sorry where are my manners I’m…”
Before I could finish she cut in,
“Mr. Transitional right?”
It was hard to hide my face as it lit up with joy and I could tell she caught me.
“My friends call me Tracey.”
“Okay Tracey it is then.”
Everything was going perfect until I was jolted back to reality when Mr. Kilim’Me Softly interwove his way into our conversation with his extra strong voice,
“And I’m Kenny, Melony’s cousin.”
Her cousin?! Praise the rugs above it’s her cousin! I could have sworn within that moment I heard church bells going off. I think he knew something was up too because he gave me an inquisitive look as I continued to rejoice in my head, which ultimately must have appeared on my face. I really need to work on my poker face. I saw Melony smile too, she must have known his answer made me relieved. But wait, what does her smile mean?! Is she happy that I was happy?! Before anything else could happen her cousin became real awkward and began to rush Melony off.
“Well it was nice meeting you Mr. Transitional but my cousin and I must be heading off now. Thank you.”
I could see her confused and disgruntled face as he rushed her off. But before he lead her away she managed to turn back to me and through a grinning smile say,
“It was nice to finally meet you…Tracey.”
In that instance I felt like my Uncle Pazyryk…frozen in time. “It was nice to FINALLY meet you?” For years I have heard the stories of The Magic Carpet and his ability to fly and float through the air and for the first time in my life I believed it; because in that instant I too was flying. Melony Modern had noticed me.
BLOGisode 2: Handmade vs. Machine-Made (Civil Rug War)
At the turn of the 19th century with Erastus Bigelow’s invention of the power loom, everything changed. I’m sure Mr. Bigelow had only good intentions with his invention, but little did he know that he would be the reason for a Civil War to break out between rugs; handmade vs. machine-made. The new machine-made rugs were seen as impostors and outcasts and often ostracized for their synthetic make up. Given the nickname “Synths,” traditional practices of handmade rugs viewed them as inauthentic posers, who were a disgrace to the rug community. They were sickened by their tightly woven symmetrical threads that were an automatic given for them. Because of this, handmade rugs viewed them as having no personality and no true origins of history or story. Though bad blood still exist between the two today, it’s not as apparent as it was in the past.
Personally I could care less if you’re handmade or machine-made. And though being a handmade rug means a longer thread life expectancy, it makes me wonder how machine-made rugs view their life. Though we may be valued more within the human society, knowing that your life expectancy is on a limited thread count must make one’s perspective on life very different. Being in the position and spotlight I’m in however, society would never accept me being with a Synth. Handmade’s are to be with handmade’s, machine with machine.There are just some unspoken rules within rug society today that you DO NOT cross…not unless you want your thread count expectancy to be cut short. I think I see Melony coming!..but who’s she with?
Preface: Tracey is a Transitional Rug that has it all. Being part traditional and contemporary rug, he is accepted by both the modern and traditional world. Everyone loves him for his versatility and ability to carry himself in a professional way, while still relating to his fellow rug-mates and society. But when everyone loves you there’s bound to be someone who wants to destroy you and see all that you have crumble before your feet. While people love Tracey for being the best of both worlds, Tracey finds himself in a character conflict; constantly confused of who he is, who he wants to be, and who he should be. All the same while trying to find his true identity and battle off old and new enemies, Tracey finds himself fancying and falling in love with Melony Runner; a modern day rug with the beauty of Persian origins. Unintentionally bringing her into the chaotic tangled weaving’s of his “rugged” life, Tracey finds himself having to make the biggest decision of his existence.
BLOGisode 1: Melony Runner
I couldn’t tell you exactly how it got like this. One day you’re on a loom being woven into existence and the next shipped off to a life already chosen for you. But who am I to complain, I’m one of the lucky ones…or so I’m repeatedly told.
“You’re the best of both worlds buddy! Transitional Rugs are hot right now. Everyone wants you!”
Funny how that works. I don’t want everyone to want me. Just one rug in particular, Melony Runner. Melony Runner is a modern day rug with Persian-like features and a kpsi (knots per square inch) count fit for the story of a goddess to be woven on her. Sometimes I often wonder if her threads were spun out of the hairs of angels. Melony, oh Melony. Of all the rugs I’ve encountered in my life none have ever had the kind of affect you have on me. She gets my knots in a bunch and makes me come undone all at the same time. I didn’t even know that was possible. Here I am “Mr. Transitional” and I can’t seem to find a single word to say to her! I just wish she knew how I felt about her and who I really am underneath all this threading. But then again who am I? I don’t even know who I am. Everyday is a constant battle of confusion; being pulled in both directions of the contemporary and traditional world. I didn’t ask for this life it was just given to me. And I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but sometimes I just wish things were different. But be that as I wish, I can’t change what I am. And that’s the rugly truth.