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Winter is here. And with it, we can only hope for snow. Or is that just me? It’s been unseasonable warm this year and we miss the cold snowy days, the red noses, and the ever-present excuse to drink gallons of hot tea.
Just like there are so many kinds of snow, there are so many colors of Winter White. And we have rugs that show all those colors and textures. Talara in Navy and White reminds me of a snowy mountain range. The wind blows through stunning peaks in a glorious winter mood.
If you like your whites on the cool side, the blues in this Gibson shimmer like shadows across dappled snow. It’s soft and fluffy.
This brilliant Twisp Twill, with the combination of vertical and diagonal, is fresh falling snow, moving along the wind. The light blue brings out the coldness, but the warm yellow in the warp yarn reminds us of those oddly warm snowy days.
Sometimes it is nice to view the glistening snow from warm inside your winter cabin. Olso in Black and White would make a fine addition to any cabin. It makes me want to sit by the window with a hot mug of cocoa, wrapped up in a cozy blanket.
Time to set your wintry rug by the fireplace so you can gaze upon your tamed snowflakes while drinking your favorite hot beverage.
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.
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.
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.
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