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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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What's Prettier than Lavendar?

Amy Tyson

The completed lavender dining room rug is nearly 10x10 feet.

The completed lavender dining room rug is nearly 10x10 feet.

Ann Lundquist Design and the True North weavers teamed up for a recent project.

When people think purple, they think PURPLE. But this diverse color doesn’t have to be so bold. In this twill rug, lavender is combined with subtle rose and mossy browns. With the soft colors of a garden, this rug brings the outdoors safely in to the dining room where this rug will settle in.

You can just make out the mesmerizing angles caused by the twill and three colors.

You can just make out the mesmerizing angles caused by the twill and three colors.

The three unique color groups are woven one after the other. If you look closely, you can see that the cotton warp creates angled lines in one direction. But the three colors create angled lines to the other. A quick glance might see a floral lavender rug, but the more time you spend with it, the more depth of character is found.

With such subtle colors, it can be hard to select just the right combination. We offered up four color combinations, all focusing on lavender. The client was able to review the colors in their dining room. The lighting is so important in how the colors will look together. The colorway for one room with just a lamp can be very different from the best looking color way in a room with large south-facing windows.

Four color options let them pick the best colors for their lighting.

Four color options let them pick the best colors for their lighting.

This rug also has a unique finishing choice. Just because you choose a rug in one colorway, doesn’t mean the whole rug must be that color! The customer here wanted a concentration of the lavender on the ends. So to start and finish the rug, we wove 5 inches using only the lavender colorway. You can almost smell the heady scent on the breeze. Since we have six weavers at the shop, Our Creative Director, Amy Tyson, will often create a quick overview of the pattern we are trying to create. This helps keep all the weavers on the same track. Here you can see our plans for the lavender fields guarding the rug border.

Working from a design spec helps keep all the weavers with the same goal in mind.

Working from a design spec helps keep all the weavers with the same goal in mind.

Next time you think purple, think lavender. Then think rose. Then think of all the other colors in your own garden. Or the new garden you want planted in wool on your floors.

And don’t miss the inspiration for romantic Interiors at Ann Lundquist Design.

Heddle to the metal!

Angela Boyle, Weaver

Patti Bosket Picks Bronze

Amy Tyson

Inspiration runner.

Inspiration runner.

Patti Bosket, au naturel, is an interior and wedding designer. She creates warm, comfortable designs using natural elements. Recently she came across one of our Melange rugs on Instagram and knew it would fit perfectly in a room she was designing.

Where are is the Melange rug now? Where in the world? What sort of room?

The rug is in a Northwest rustic home in Leavenworth, Washington. It is in a hallway lined with a collage wall of a local artists’ relief prints, drawings, sketches, and watercolors of local birds.

Rug in its Leavenworth, Washington, home. (Photo courtesy Patti Bosket)

Rug in its Leavenworth, Washington, home. (Photo courtesy Patti Bosket)

How did you pick these colors for the rug needed in this room?

I was looking for touches of turquoise to add to the room, and the combination of the native American influence and the earth tone colors of blacks, browns, and turquoise on this rug grounded the floor perfectly.

Inspiration from the Melange Collection.

Inspiration from the Melange Collection.

How does living in Washington inspire your design style?

I was born and raised in Washington, and the elements of nature have always been my inspiration. I love to bring the outdoors in when designing with clients.

Close up of Patti’s Rug

Close up of Patti’s Rug

Custom runner for Au Naturel.

Custom runner for Au Naturel.

New Texture

Amy Tyson

We just launched this new pattern, Twisp 5, in our Spring Collection. I was thinking about making something thin that would go great on stairs. We tried several combinations to come up with this group of ribbed stripes.

New Colors of Twisp 5

New Colors of Twisp 5

Twisp 5 Grey Stripe - woven with the stripes down the length.

Twisp 5 Grey Stripe - woven with the stripes down the length.

Twisp 5 Grey Stripe

Twisp 5 Grey Stripe