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Bellingham, WA 98226
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True North Textiles is a boutique weaving studio producing original rugs that experiment with contemporary color and texture while remaining reverent to time-honored traditions. We specialize in working closely with designers and homeowners to develop palettes and patterns that integrate effortlessly and beautifully into interior design schemes. Our rugs are made in America

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Design blog focused on textiles, rugs and pattern.

 

Green is the Season

Angela Boyle

These four poms make up the colors in Pyramid Meadows.

These four poms make up the colors in Pyramid Meadows.

With the solstice approaching, green is on everyone’s minds. Though the deciduous trees are bare, the evergreen trees are here to remind us of the green to come. Over at Cover magazine for Issue 58, Winter 2018, they have a feature on the green trend, which includes our luscious Pyramid rug in Meadow. With three different greens, it looks like a sunrise slowly lighting up a meadow.

Green spread from  Cover

Green spread from Cover

Close-up of Pyramid in Meadow.

Close-up of Pyramid in Meadow.

Pyramid Meadow 6’ x 9’.

Pyramid Meadow 6’ x 9’.

Recent Rugs: Columns and Marcus R

Angela Boyle

We ship out so many rugs, it can be hard to remember back even a week ago to what we finished. Let’s look back over some beautiful rugs from the last month. Merely showing some highlights, we finished two Columns rugs (in Storm and in Ink) as well as Marcus R in Taupe.

Columns Ink in situ.

Columns Ink in situ.

Columns Storm before shipping.

Columns Storm before shipping.

Columns is one of those ever-versatile patterns. With such a simple setup, you can get a wide range of results from subtle to powerful. The Columns rug is two “columns” of different colors. But the way these two columns interact create a lot of interest. With a light, medium, and dark in different sets of colors for each of the two columns, you get subtly blending colors repeating over the rug.

In Columns Ink, the varied and rich blues pull you into a story of old-timey pirates and ocean exploration. The hints of rust algae bring depth to the blue overtones.

We also finished up a Columns Storm rug. Replacing the inky blues with warm grays, you get an entirely different rug. you can almost feel the sheets of rain pouring from the sky. With contrasting dark and light grays, it feels like an infinitely rainy autumn in the Pacific Northwest.

Weaver Michelle speedily works away on the recent Columns Ink rug.

Weaver Michelle speedily works away on the recent Columns Ink rug.

Marcus R in Taupe was shipped all the way to New Zealand. Everything circles back as we get some of our yarn from New Zealand sheep. This 9x10-foot rug features an extraordinary pattern with stripes of reflecting diamonds. Though the colorway is simply called taupe, it features some glorious teals along with those warm browns.

Completed Marcus R rug

Completed Marcus R rug

Close-up of the texture on Marcus R in Taupe

Close-up of the texture on Marcus R in Taupe

Sheep, in New Zealand, a scene I imagine you can see from where Marcus R Taupe is now. (Photo by  Martin Bisof  on  Unsplash )

Sheep, in New Zealand, a scene I imagine you can see from where Marcus R Taupe is now. (Photo by Martin Bisof on Unsplash)

More rugs of all kinds are always being worked on here. We have some exciting rugs finishing up in January, including a plaid rug all in wool.

Custom Rag Rugs in Cream and Wine

Amy Tyson

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Rag rugs are a classic here at True North Textiles. They provide a rustic but sturdy feel. Laura Fedro Interiors, based in Bozeman, Montana, recently ordered three rag rugs in dark wine and cream, a delicious combination. Laura Fedro’s designs are based on “the physical elements that reveal the silent brush strokes of scale, finish, light and texture.” And rag rugs fit right into that model.

By making fabric from fabric, they provide an interesting take on scale. Rag rugs are also all about texture, which comes from the varieties of textures, colors, and patterns in the fabrics. All this makes selecting the fabrics key.

Fabric rolls in the True North Textiles shop.

Fabric rolls in the True North Textiles shop.

We have fabrics in the shop but we often source the fabric for the individual custom project. It’s a challenge to find the best color matches and make sure it comes together beautifully.

For these rugs, we focused on the client’s call for dark wine and cream, but there are a variety of other colors providing interest. You’ll find baby blue and prussian blue, fabrics with tapestry-like textures, and some more subtle versions of the focal cream and red wine colors.

Aurora Lindquist is our master rag rug weaver.

Aurora Lindquist is our master rag rug weaver.

The rugs are a delicious example of how texture and scale play together. Like strawberries and cream, vanilla cake and chardonnay, these rugs pull together sweet and tart into a rustic celebration.

—Angela

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