Black and White in Design

Black and White in Design


Color is very often considered the most important aspect of interior design; standing head and shoulders above design, scale, use, materials etc. 

But just like a black and white film, the absence of color can create a dream like quality.  This allows the voyeur to fill in colors from one's own mind.  I once took a few still life painting classes.  The most difficult class was an "extra credit" exercise in which the teacher put on a table a draping of white sheets and white vases and cups.  We were to paint what we saw using NO white.  It is amazing what comes of that - in fact, very vivid colors.


Note the many film noir greats through the decades - right up to the present period:  The Maltese Falcon (1944), Casablanca (1942) and China Town (Roman Polanski, 1974).


Thus for us, these black/white rugs and kitchen towels can achieve the "architectural" look that is very forward.

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2020 Pantone Color of the Year - CLASSIC BLUE

 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue

A shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk, and it matches our Bristol Blue rag rug perfectly!!

"It's a color that anticipates what's going to happen next," said Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, which selects the Color of the Year. "What's the future going to bring as we move into the evening hours?"


The following note is from CNN Style section:

This is indeed a pertinent question as we embark on a new decade. But as forward-looking as it may be, the 2020 color brings us almost full circle to the first Color of the Year, Cerulean, another blue hue chosen in 1999 to likewise capture a moment in time.

"We were moving into Y2K and wondering: Is the world going to fall apart?" said Pressman.

The Pantone Color Institute said it recognized similar feelings of instability gripping the world today, from the United States to the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Syria and across the globe. It settled on a shade that offers the reassurance, confidence and connection that people may be searching for in an uncertain global milieu.

Pantone has named a color of the year for more than two decades. In 1963, the company created the Pantone Matching System, a proprietary system used in a variety of industries such as printing, graphic design and fashion design to manage colors.

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Christmas in July

  • michaelianhomeWestern North Carolina and the Advent of Christmas in July #christmasinjuly #westernnorthcarolina

    Did you know that the first reference to the phrase 'Christmas in July' happened right here in Western North Carolina? In July 1933, Camp Keystone, a girl's summer camp in Brevard, North Carolina, celebrated with a Christmas tree, gifts, and a visit by Santa Claus. It was described as having all the wonder and mystery of the traditional Christmas. A few years later the idea became a nationwide phenomenon with the release of a movie with the same title. American advertisers began using Christmas in July themes in print for summertime sales as early as 1950 and the idea has been going strong world-wide ever since. It is especially popular in the southern hemisphere where July is their winter season. Christmas in July events are held in order to have Christmas with a winter feel like in the northern hemisphere.
    In the United States, Christmas in July is often used as a marketing tool, however, at Michaelian Home, we want to use the camp-inspired holiday to celebrate not just the wonder of Christmas but also all of the world-renowned camps in our area. Western North Carolina is home to more summer camps than we can count, each one more famous than the last. And Michaelian Home, head-quarted in western NC has designed entire collections with these camps as inspiration. So whether you need holiday inspired rugs and pillows or cotton camp rugs, we've got you covered (literally floor covered). So yes, this year we will indeed be celebrating Christmas in July. Happy Holiday from our home to yours! #christmas #holidaydecor #winteriscoming #woolrugs #needlepointpillows #pillows #woolpillows
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March Madness

Michaelian Home will be at the
Atlanta Spring Gift, Home and Holiday Market
THIS week
 in Building 1, 9E-23,  March 8-10 2017.

 Come see Carol Lyne and Sherry, our MVPs, and they will slam dunk your spring orders for you!
We hope to see you there, we will have lots of spring show specials, new products premiere and more!

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Atlanta Fall Market

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Michaelian Home heads to Altanta with a stunning array of new products

Adding to their existing collections and expanding with new lines of accessories, Michaelian Home always has something extraordinary to add to your home.

Michaelian Home has a rich history in the textile business dating back to the 1920s when Frank Michaelian, grandfather of current owner Jason Sumner, was one of the first Americans to import from the Middle East and India. During this time, Frank Michaelian also set up a weaving center in China and he started a rug hooking mill in North Carolina. In doing so, he created a line of the finest hand knotted rugs, needlepoint pillows, and hooked rugs;  a legacy that continues today.

Michaelian Home, along with its existing line of hand hooked wool and cotton rugs, needlepoint pillows, hooked wool and cotton pillows, also now offers benches, stools, travel bags, and coverlets.  In 2016 Michaelian Home added a variety of new items including a line of handspun and hand-loomed shawls and throws, a line of creatively printed and embroidery-embellished pillows, and a line of chain stitched pillows. New designs include many seasonal and animal accents, mountain lifestyle themes, nautical offerings, golf designs and also a revival of many historical Michaelian Home designs. These new designs, featuring artistry of designers Betsy Whatley,  Robin Sanson, and WILLIAMSBURG prove that while Michaelian Home continues to offer traditional and classic designs while staying  abreast of the latest fashion trends. Michaelian Home  often creates the unique new products that drive those trends. Always striving  to keep a fresh perspective, they travel the world for inspiration and to source the highest quality materials.

Michaelian Home’s entire line can be seen in Building 1 at Americas Mart, Floor 9, E-23 from Tuesday July 12 through Tuesday July 19.  Michaelian Home is participating in several floor events during the market. Daily Show Specials,  a floor-wide Wine and Dine on Nine event featuring food and beverages will be held on Friday July 16 from 4-7pm. A Sunday Funday floor event showcasing a variety of show specials  along with donuts will be on Sunday the 17th from 10am-1pm.  For more information, call Carol Lyne Sumner at 800-258-3977 or visit  

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New Additions to Bloomer, Nautical and Field and Stream Collection

Some new additions to collections just in this week! Bloomer rugs and pillows, Nautical Rugs and Stools.  And some new field and stream fishing rugs and stools!  We couldn't be more excited about them.

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Highpoint Trade Show in October

Some fun photos displaying some new products and some classics at the High Point Trade Show. For more information on these items or other decorating ideas, please feel free to call us at 1-800-258-3977. Or visit our website at

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Swimming Fish Bench and Stool

Swimming Fish Bench - FB682
Is this not a super sharp use of a wool hooked rug (our H682) on a wooden bench.

Swimming Fish Stool . FS682
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