The Journey of a Rug Aficionado: Passing on a Legacy of Knowledge
When you’ve immersed yourself in a single industry for as long as I have in the rug business, a wealth of knowledge and experiences naturally accumulates. It’s a journey that has spanned over four decades, a journey I have cherished, and one that has afforded me unique insights and perspectives into the world of rugs. This journey, rich with learning and discovery, has ultimately led me to a new venture—an opportunity to share my expertise and experience in the form of a blog, specifically tailored to designers. The world of rug design and craftsmanship is my passion, and little did I know that it would evolve into such a significant part of my life when I embarked on this venture over 40 years ago.
I consider myself fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time, as well as being open to seizing every opportunity that came my way. Throughout my journey, I’ve had the privilege of learning from some of the foremost authorities in the realm of hand-woven rugs. These mentors, luminaries in their own right, graciously imparted their passion and knowledge to me, igniting my own fascination with this age-old craft. It’s thanks to these remarkable individuals that I stand where I am today, ready to pay it forward by sharing the vast tapestry of wisdom I’ve gathered throughout the years.
Now, it’s my turn to pass the torch, to share the insights, techniques, and stories that have been generously handed down to me. I embark on this blogging journey with a sense of responsibility, knowing that my mission is not merely to dispense knowledge but to ignite a spark within aspiring designers. My hope is that some of the fervor for rugs, the same passion that has driven me, will be kindled in you. As a designer, acquiring a deeper understanding of the art and craft of rugs can be a transformative experience, one that can set you apart in your field and elevate your work to new heights.
I consider it my legacy, one that I’m eager to leave behind, knowing that I have contributed to the growth and knowledge of others. In the world of rug design, where traditions blend with modernity, and where each rug tells a unique story, I take pride in knowing that the stories I share will find a place in the narratives of aspiring designers. The legacy I envision is not just the accumulation of facts and figures; it’s the passing on of a passion, the kindling of curiosity, and the unlocking of creative potential.
In the coming blog posts, you can expect a rich tapestry of content, spanning topics from the history of rug design to the intricacies of various weaving techniques. We’ll explore the cultural significance of rugs, delve into the art of selecting the perfect rug for a space, and even venture into the world of contemporary rug design. Whether you’re an experienced designer seeking new perspectives or a novice looking to gain a foothold in the world of rug design, this blog is designed to be a valuable resource for all.
So, as you embark on this journey with me, I invite you to embrace the world of rugs with an open heart and a curious mind. Together, we’ll explore the intricacies, the artistry, and the profound stories woven into every rug. Let’s embark on this quest for knowledge, creativity, and, above all, the enduring passion for rug design. My hope is that this journey becomes a testament to the legacy of learning, a legacy that transcends time and enriches the lives and designs of those who seek it.