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Monday
Aug252014

how it's made: handwoven recycled sari rugs

The making of the handwoven recycled sari rugs and runners begins at the core of the rug—the vibrant silk fibers which come from the sari manufacturing industry. This thriving business in India reflects the richness of its culture—and its resourcefulness as it leaves little to waste.

In Bangalore, located in south India, remnants of sarees are sold to companies who segregate it as per the potential use of the materials and a buyer’s needs—and while sarees are made in various parts of India, these lots of remnants are usually a mix of all colors which allows for specific shade requirements to be met in the segregation process.

A control sample helps to guide the color separator and the remainder of the fibers are used to make the yarns of mixed colors—so just about everything is used in the end.

Once the fibers are well organized, it’s then handspun into yarn—the results of this process are yarns with varying thicknesses at random places. In order to have a level of consistency, all the highly uneven count is removed as well as any drastic shade changes.

When enough fibers are gathered and yarn spun, the weaving process begins on a regular vertical loom which is typically used to weave dhurrie or hand-knotted rugs.

During the weaving process, rows of yarns are pressed together using a wooden comb which makes the weaving tighter and more durable.

To secure the weaving and complete the look, the same yarns are used to hand-stitch all of the edges and a final washing completes the process.

Friday
Aug082014

fall favorites: sandra

wing it pillow
this subtle pattern always brings on
a smile with its sophisticated whimsy—it’ll be great in so many places.
facetta natural chair
I have a hard time sitting still to read
a book but this swivel chair’s enticing and they bring back fond memories of my mom’s kitchens—I swear I don’t remember one without them.
“sharp suits”
OH to judge a book by its cover!

Friday
Aug082014

watch: brass, copper and rose gold

Friday
Aug012014

animal rescue: maui

Nicknames: Snaggle-tooth, Falkor (from The NeverEnding Story), Baby Maui

Likes: Beaches and snuggling under blankets.

Pet Peeves: Being alone.

Favorite Toy: Up until last fall, my late 13-year old Cocker Spaniel.

Favorite Snack: Anything soft.

Guilty Pleasure: Hiding socks.

Talent Show: Prancing like she’s jumping rope.

Before she was famous: Maui was discovered near the boardwalk of Venice Beach, CA. Her owner, an older woman that called the beach her home, was trying to find homes for her and her brothers and sisters.
A well-intentioned teenage girl picked out Maui and took her home but unfortunately, she couldn’t keep her. So her friend, my co-worker at the time, offered to house Maui for a couple days until a new home was found. A week passed and no one adopted her. Before taking her to a shelter, she sent out a desperate inter-office email with Maui’s picture attached. Immediately after work I picked up Maui and brought her to her new, and permanent home.

Cat and dog adoption fast facts:
…every year approximately 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters.
…25% of adoptable dogs in animal shelters are purebred.
…adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, ASPCA—any rescue group—can save their life.
…and, being a pet owner can add years to your life too.
To find your next pet, check out adoptapet.com

Wednesday
Jul302014

fall favorites: april

tangled web macrame wall hanging
love this for added texture in a space—it could easily work on a wall or as a room divider.
ground control jute rug
a nice neutral rug with some added pops of orange for a more masculine room.
bell white flush mount lamp
I’m going to be putting these down
my hallway to add a little warm metallic to the otherwise white space.

Thanks to april, senior catalog merchandising manager.