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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.

 

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Pattern Feature: Runway

Amy Tyson

We’ve been experimenting with Block weaving. We wanted to create pattern that have large areas of a color but don’t long “floats” of yarn on the surface for people to trip over. This structure allows for a concentrated section of higher pile yarns that are sort of like short loops.

Runway Cinder, Runway White, Runway Lake

Runway Cinder, Runway White, Runway Lake

Runway Lake Entry Runner

Runway Lake Entry Runner

You can see the backside of the Runway Lake on the rug and this pattern is reversible! Of course, it’s a mass of white loops on that side. It’s neat to see the front and backside at the same time.

Below is a colorway we’re hoping to make for an Idaho or Montana project. Wouldn’t this go great in your Jackson Hole mountain resort or Vail ski chalet?

Runway Costa Mesa

Runway Costa Mesa

We really wanted to make one where the blocks are even more dramaticallly different in color. Luckily for us, someone else got that idea and they ordered a small custom bathroom rug. Meg wove it after the Runway Lake on the same warp.

Meg weaving a custom color Runway.

Meg weaving a custom color Runway.

We’re going to do some additional colors of this soon in perky summer combos!

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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Colors of the Forest

Angela Boyle

It’s all about bringing nature inside.

From the options we created, the interior designer selected number 3.

From the options we created, the interior designer selected number 3.

A spool of our hunter green cotton yarn

A spool of our hunter green cotton yarn

Houseplants, our domesticated forest friends, bring fresh air and the peace of the natural world into your home. In this Pueblo Runner for a Mudroom, we brought the colors of greenery down to the ground. Combining willow and moss, olive and artichoke, this rug suggests new growth.

For this project, the interior designer wanted options: traditional greens and dark reds. With red and green being complementary colors, both would likely work in the same room but bring drastically different feels. In the end, of course, they went with the green. The colors of the seedling sprout are more relaxing. The shades give a more decompressing feel.

This particular pattern and color combination is evocative of lush canyons and mountain trails. Thinking of National Parks, valleys are covered in evergreens and shrubbery. Thinking smaller, ivy and pine create valleys around trails through the forest.

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The Pueblo runner will make a nice transition from outdoors to interior. Mudrooms are a convenient place to keep shoes, boots, jackets, and hats. Your outdoor accoutrements. In a room to keep the gear you want to go outside, it is shrewd to bring a sense of earthiness.

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Earth tones of the Tiger Eye pattern.

Earth tones of the Tiger Eye pattern.

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More than ever, houseplants are featured in our homes. The Cool Hunter thinks this trend is because “we crave more nature in our lives.” It is well established that we humans feel better spending time around plants. So it is no wonder we want to incorporate nature in our textiles, too.

—Angela