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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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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.

What's Prettier than Lavendar?

Angela Boyle

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

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.