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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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Recent Project: Ballard Rug

Amy Tyson

In recent weeks, I traveled to several showrooms around the country and everyone wants green.

Currently, we’re working on this custom project for a den in house near Lake Tahoe and I think they are ahead of the trend. I especially appreciate the call for a little terra cotta color to play off the multitudes of green.

Custom color sample

Custom color sample

Cydni weaving the Ballard Den project.

Cydni weaving the Ballard Den project.

This rug is 12’ wide by 26’ long. With a project that big, teamwork is essential. All the weavers had to work a day or two on this rug for a total of 12 days of weaving! That’s before you even get to finishing and backing.

Shuttles lined up and ready to go.

Shuttles lined up and ready to go.

Brooke backing the squared rug.

Brooke backing the squared rug.

Ballard Den rug. 12’ x 26’.

Ballard Den rug. 12’ x 26’.

We always have a sense of pride when we ship the finished piece to it’s new home.

Winter Wonderland of Wool

Angela Boyle

Artist’s Point in the summer! We always have snow nearby.

Artist’s Point in the summer! We always have snow nearby.

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.

Talara Navy Stripe

Talara Navy Stripe

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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.

Gibson Royal Blue

Gibson Royal Blue

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.

(Photo by  Erol Ahmed  on  Unsplash )

(Photo by Erol Ahmed on Unsplash)

Twisp Twill

Twisp Twill

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.

Wintry rugs: Arrow in Shark, Twisp Twill, and Runway.

Wintry rugs: Arrow in Shark, Twisp Twill, and Runway.

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.

Photo by  Greg Rakozy  on  Unsplash

Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

Olso in Black and White

Olso in Black and White

Time to set your wintry rug by the fireplace so you can gaze upon your tamed snowflakes while drinking your favorite hot beverage.

Right on Twill

Angela Boyle

We can do so much with this structure.

A rather large project has come through True North Textiles recently in twill. Twill is a basic weave structure. After plain weave, it’s the second thing you learn. Twill is sturdier and versatile.

Similar to the blue of jeans, this rug uses many colors of blue to create interest.

Similar to the blue of jeans, this rug uses many colors of blue to create interest.

The yarns create a diagonal pattern that you might recognize. We all know twill very well because it’s the weave structure of denim. All your jeans are twill! It might sound basic, but there are many variations on twill. We tend to go with a 2/2 twill. That means the horizontal weft yarns go over two warp and then under two warp.

In this close-up shot of twill, you can see that there are two cotton warps (vertical in this image), each with two threads: taupe and brown, and yellow and brown. Following the wool weft (the horizontal yarn), each pick (or row) moves to the right one set of cotton warp. All the yarn is locked in place and very strong.

In this close-up shot of twill, you can see that there are two cotton warps (vertical in this image), each with two threads: taupe and brown, and yellow and brown. Following the wool weft (the horizontal yarn), each pick (or row) moves to the right one set of cotton warp. All the yarn is locked in place and very strong.

Twill is simple but not boring by a long shot. Changing color and texture can make all the difference in the world. Change the hues, change the value, you can make the diagonal stripes pop or fade.

A change of weft from the golden threads in the previous image to the vibrant fall colors here make a world of different even though the two color palettes are similarly focused on yellow, orange, and blue.

A change of weft from the golden threads in the previous image to the vibrant fall colors here make a world of different even though the two color palettes are similarly focused on yellow, orange, and blue.

Recently, we worked on some rugs for a car loft in rural California. The rugs are intended to match a provided sample. So we provided a variety of options. These warm colors are subtly different but based on the lighting of a room some are warmer, pop more, or are much more subtle. Do you prefer those that focus more on orange or blue here?

Four color options using very similar palettes can still be strikingly different when a new color is added or a strong color is left out.

Four color options using very similar palettes can still be strikingly different when a new color is added or a strong color is left out.