The Art of Carpeting
-- Interior Design, 2/1/2001 12:00:00 AM
Madeline Weinrib grew up surrounded by rugs. As the granddaughter of the ABC Carpet & Home founder, she knew the difference between a hand-knotted Tibetan and an antique Oriental from a very young age. However, her muse took her on another route: fine art and painting. "I started out as an abstract painter," she says. "I had exhibits both in the United States and abroad. But now I have expanded my canvas to include carpets." She began with a series of rugs for Christopher Farr in London. Then, she developed a connection with Michaelian and Kohlberg. "We were making Tibetan carpets with the same factory in Nepal," remembers Weinrib. Based on that relationship, Weinrib designed a series of flat weaves that are hand-woven in India using pure wool. Shown here are five of the nine patterns: Noon, Shikar (a Hindi word meaning hunter), Rosa, Kandou (Islamic for honeycomb), and Skyland. The limited-edition rugs are offered in various colorways. Sizes include 5 ft.6 in. by 8 ft.6 in. and 8 ft. by 11 ft.; custom sizes and runners are available. After debuting in Michaelian and Kohlberg's New York showroom, the rugs will travel to Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center. Michaelian and Kohlberg, 578 Broadway, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10012.
Ulf Moritz: Created with Oliver Treutlein, the new line of rugs includes Pico (shown), Quadra, and Unica. Available through Sahco Hesslein, 7 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011.
Nani Marquina: Dots, made of 100 percent wool, is based on a series of circles and is offered in several colors and sizes. Available through Mobles, 24 Riera del Frares, Barcelona, Spain 08907. www.nanimarquina.com.
M & M Design: Adam Tihany created Rugs.Link, a collection of six rugs. Twist is shown here. M & M Design, 443 Park Avenue South, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016. www.rugslink.com.
Denis Colomb: The Milan runner measures 3 ft. by 9 ft. 7 in. Denis Colomb, Studio 11, 1501 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10028.
Durkan: Joan Weissman created two pattered carpets for the company's hospitality division. Ibiza (shown) is inspired by the Spanish island; Cirque evokes a French circus theme. Durkan, 150 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10155.
Sadler Tiles: Natural stone agglomerates combining limestone, cement, and quartz, these tiles are suitable for both residential and commercial interior and exterior walls and floors. The tiles are offered in 15 colors, in both smooth and rough finishes. Available through Stone Source, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003. www.stonesource.com or email@example.com.
Altro: The company has recently updated the colors in its Marine 20 collection to suit today's trends in textured safety flooring. And not a moment too soon. Altro, 6390 Kestrel Road, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5T 1Z3, www.altrofloors.com.
Amtico: The 3D effect in Colormetrics 12-in.-sq. tiles (with an 8-in. circular inset or 6-in. pre-welded in the center) is achieved through magnetic embossing in either a rib or wave pattern. Eight colors are offered. Amtico, 6480 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30328. www.amtico.com.
Ann Sacks Tile and Stone: Once an East Coast designer, the now California-based Erin Adams has created a series of glass mosaic tiles. Ann Sacks Tile and Stone, 8120 Northeast 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97211. www.annsacks.com
Ceramica Bardelli: The Isabel collection, designed by Ruben Toledo, is a series of eight 8-in.-sq. twice-fired tiles. Available through Hastings, 230 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003.
Costikyan: Shown here is one of 18 new patterns designed by Richard Rehl for his first Tibetan rug collection. There are four standard sizes, though custom sizes can be ordered, and 150 more colors beyond the current yarn stocking available. Costikyan, 28-13 14th Street, Long Island City, NY 11102.
Bolyü: Aventail is the latest companion to Castlebar. Inspired by the patterning of chainmail in medieval armor, the design is offered in 13 neutrals and is crafted in BASF Zeftron 2000 solution-dyed nylon. Bolyü, 201 Princeton Boulevard, P.O. Box 1110, Adairsville, GA 30103.
La Musa: Venus, by Ann Maria Baldine, is one of many custom-designed rugs from this Washington, D.C. showroom. La Musa, The Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5345 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20015.
David Shaw Nicholls: Tzar illustrates the company's foray into hand-knotted, wall-to-wall carpeting. It is offered in seven widths (up to 40 ft. in length), 10 borders, and 40 colors. David Shaw Nicholls. 979 Third Avenue, Suite 611, New York, NY 10022.
Edward Fields: Celestial Trellis is inspired by gradually tapering clouds. Interpreted in beige and brown, the carpet is made from 100 percent wool. Edward Fields, 232 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022.