Rug Displays

Posted by jason sumner on 12/8/2013 to Trade Shows/Markets

These are some old textiles "carts". I am thinking about using them for rug displays.  Rug displays are a problem for us and I know for our shop customers. 
Take 2x3 or 3x5 rugs and roll them with the face on the outside.  Put a nice tie string around the rug and put them into these carts.  It does the trick and looks great.
What do you think?
Jason Sumner

Hutong in Beijing - Recent trip to China

Posted by jason sumner on 11/29/2013 to India/China Travel
This photograph was taken after an early winter snow from our Hotel near Forbidden City.  We thought the roof lines outlined by the wisps of snow were beautiful.
Hutongs (simplified Chinese: 胡同; traditional Chinese: 衚衕; pinyin: hútòng; Wade–Giles: hu-t'ung) are a type of narrow streets or alleys, commonly associated with northern Chinese cities, most prominently Beijing.

In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences.[1] Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.

Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing hutongs has dropped dramatically as they are demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. More recently, some hutongs have been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history.

What does the Fox say?

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 11/29/2013 to Decorative Pillows
Bring a fox home! Lots of foxy designs at Michaelian Home!

Wild Holidays with Michaelian Home

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 11/29/2013 to Decorative Pillows
From our home to yours we hope everyone had a bountiful Thanksgiving. Here at Michaelian Home, we are thankful for all the wild game that inspires our Field collection. The collection includes Turkey in Field, Canada Goose, Quails in the Woods, Moose, Red Tail Hawk, Quail, Pheasant in Flight and Pheasants in the Field. Find them online @ http://www.michaelianhome.com/Dog-and-Field_c_218-2-0.html

Move over bacon, here comes Flat Weave!

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 11/22/2013 to Rugs
What goes better with a bacon weave turkey than a Flat Weave Rug from Michaelian Home?  Nothing! 

 Michaelian Home's Flat Weave collection is a collaboration of traditional Indian flat weave rugs hand woven with wool, Jute, hemp and cotton blends.  All natural fibers. Hand-dyed yarns.  This collection is simple but adds presence to any room.  Find out more about them here:  http://www.michaelianhome.com/Flat-Weave-Rugs_c_68.html

Pennies never go out of style!

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 11/15/2013 to Rugs

Pennies never go out of style, no matter what your style! We've put the pattern to the test and it clearly looks terrific in any era and now OUTSIDE AS WELL! The timeless and popular Pennies collection of rugs from Michaelian Home, which consists of Pennies, Blue Pennies, Brown Pennies, Green Pennies in round and rectangle sizes and custom sizes has been added to our INDOOR/OUTDOOR line of rugs! These indoor outdoor rugs are made of delustered polypropylene that not only looks like traditional tufted wool rugs, but also moderately resists most conditions: water, snow, sun and pets! Easy Clean!!

Important Note: Mood lighting not included.

Enjoy Michaelian Home in its entirety at www.michaelianhome.com

Here fishy fishy!

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 11/8/2013

Old trend meets New with our Ikat pillows!

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 11/8/2013
Michaelian Home is on trend with its Ikat Colonial Williamsburg pillows! While Ikat (or Ikkat) is a hot, popular pattern, it is also considered to be one of the oldest forms of textile decoration. These handsome hooked pillows have a sophisticated and modern look but a surprising design source: 18th-century Indian ikat fabrics in the Colonial Williamsburg archives. Contemporary artisans have achieved with graduated yarns the shades of color that the makers of the antique cloth created by tie-dying warp threads to achieve a "clouded" pattern. Trend meets tradition with the WILLIAMSBURG brand! See here for more information on the history of Ikat designs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikat With 6 different colors to choose from, Ruby, Peacock, Shade, Prune, Cocoa, & Pistachio, you are sure to find a hooked pillow to fit your home. You can find them online at www.michaelianhome.com today! Part numbers NCU419, NCU420, NCU421, NCU422, NCU424, NCY426.

Nov Monthly Promo

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 11/1/2013 to Rugs
Act Now!

Photos from High Point Market

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 10/25/2013 to Trade Shows/Markets
If you remembered from last week's post, Michaelian Home was at the High Point Market all week displaying our fabulous designs.  Here are some photos from the event. Look at all the colors and textures!! If you have any questions about the products,  feel free to contact us, we would be happy to help you!

Why High Point, NC?

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 10/18/2013 to Trade Shows/Markets
Michaelian Home is currently exhibiting its wares at the High Point Market in High Point, NC. We will be there through the 24th. How did a famous international furniture market end up in the middle of North Carolina? Well, interesting story...English settlers produced furniture on a small scale since the 17th century. After the Civil War, cheaper labor was available and the furniture industry gained traction in the area with help from the fact that High Point is located in the Peidmont region of NC which lends access to vast tracts of hardwood forest. High Point was also located at a junction of the railroad and the main state road through North Carolina. Over the years, more and more farmers left the fields in search of industrial jobs in High Point and the reputation of the area for producing high quality furniture grew until now not only is High Point known as 'The Furniture Capital of the World', the market that is hosted there twice a year is the largest of its kind. Michaelian Home continues this fine tradition of NC artistry with its home accents. You just need to touch one of our rugs or pillows to realize the quality that made High Point a sensation in the furniture market, is the same that has made Michaelian Home what it is today in the fine floor covering and accessories market. Visit us at the Market or online at www.michaelianhome.com today!
*photo from the ncpedia  about Frederick Nelson Tate, High Point civic leader and pioneer furniture manufacturer,

New Collection of Bloomer pillows

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 10/8/2013 to Decorative Pillows

We've done several features on 'Art as Inspiration' for our pillow and rug designs and this new line of Bloomer pillows are no exception. This whimsical line of pillows were inspired by original artwork from Barbara Gilhooly Mighty Fine Art.

"I became a new gardener, or an accidental gardener, when I moved to Colorado three years ago. My interest in growing things had been dormant for the 21 years I lived in downtown St. Paul, MN. Now that I have outdoor space and abundant sunshine, I'm inspired to learn how to grow things.
I am drawn to the organic shapes of botanicals and often use abstracted versions in my work. I enjoy the liberty of possibilities with all the variety of shapes and colors in the plant world. Once I identify a theme for a show, I am able to launch a series of work."- Barbara
Gilhooly works as a visual artist and maintains an active exhibition schedule. Recently, her work was shown in Paris, New York, Colorado, and several exhibitions in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN. She works in a variety of materials and is known for her sculptural wire, paintings on wood panels and playful 'Misfit' found-object assemblages of aircraft, angels, and ‘Tin Folk’ portraits. Gilhooly's paintings are represented by Gallery 360 in Minneapolis and 44T Artspace in Denver. Gilhooly's work has appeared in numerous publications, including: Interior Design, Metropolitan Home, Midwest Home & Garden, Metro, Minnesota Monthly, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, and Canadian Art.
Find out more about her work at http://www.barbaragilhooly.com/

Some of the original 'Bloomer' paintings are available through her Denver Gallery: 44T Art Space at Metro Frame Works, http://www.metroframeworks.com/

These exciting pillows will be available on the Michaelian Home website in a few days, check back with us. www.michaelianhome.com

Dog Days of Fall? Sure! Why not?

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 10/8/2013

New Pillow Designs!!

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 9/13/2013
New designs from Michaelian Home. The Virginia, Joyce and Marianne are beautiful handmade needlepoint pillow made from 100% wool with a cotton velvet zippered back. Removable insert. These bold designs were inspired from a Chinese applique. Bright reds, golds, yellows, oranges, and blues sit upon a royal blue background. Buy all three today!!  Click Here

New additions to Nautical Collection

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 9/6/2013

Original Artwork by Betsy Whately inspired these two new additions to Michaelian Home's Nautical Collection. Dolphin NCU816, a needlepoint pillow and Whale and Fish NCU818, a hand hooked pillow will bring a sea of calm to your interior. Great for a beach home or any home for that matter!

New Additions to the Farm and Ranch Collection

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 9/6/2013

Check out our stunning new Standing Sheep NCU785 and Black Angus NCU789 needlepoint pillows!! These are new companion pieces to our Farm and Ranch collection. We will be adding to this collection throughout the fall so keep checking in with us here at the ranch.

Benches and Stools by Michaelian Home!

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 8/30/2013

Have a seat, put your feet up and relax with Michaelian Home's unique new bench and stool furniture accents. The coverings of the benches and stools are our most popular wool hand hooked designs. Blue Pennies is shown on the left and Bert is featured on the right. Both of these styles would look beautiful in any room. The benches measure 47 x 24 x 16 and the stool is 16 x 16 x 8. They will be coming soon to our store! You can find the coordinating rug designs at the following: http://www.michaelianhome.com/Blue-Pennies-Hooked-Rug-_p_931.html http://www.michaelianhome.com/Bert_p_1021.html

WOODCUT inspired hand hooked wool pillows!

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 8/23/2013

Our new WOODCUT inspired hand hooked wool pillows! There is a woodcut Elk and a woodcut horseshoe. Carol Lyne used to work at a wood printer in New York and thus was inspired to create a line based on the art of woodcutting. The art of woodcutting is an ancient technique, developed back in the 1400s where it was basically the only method used for old master prints. It is a relief printing technique in which an image is carved into the surface of a block of wood. These particular prints were designed and brought to production because of Michaelian Home's love of all things Farm and Ranch related! You can purchase these online at http://www.michaelianhome.com/Woodcut-Elk_p_1253.html and http://www.michaelianhome.com/Woodcut-Horseshoe_p_1252.html

Feel like you are living in a rain forest?

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 8/23/2013

Feel like you are living in a rain forest?  Embrace it with Michaelian Home's Fern Floral collection. If you live in or have visited Western North Carolina this year, you know that we are on track to break annual rainfall records this year. It is not a question of if we will, it is a question of when. But being stuck inside on a rainy day doesn't mean you have to dampen your spirits, decorate with greens and sprinkle in some browns! Flood your sense with these lush green tones on handmade wool needlepoint pillows. You can see more of this collection online here: Fern--Helene-Verin       

 (To read more about WNC's record breaking weather go here: Asheville-tops-US-rainfall-anomalies)

Sleep with the Fishes?

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 8/9/2013

These fish won't be getting much sleep next week and they certainly didn't come out of the East River! They are part of Michaelian Home's Colonial Williamsburg Collection and they will be swimming the streets of New York City next week at the NY NOW Market. See them at the Javits Center Aug 18th-21st!

Michaelian Home in Atlanta

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 7/8/2013 to Trade Shows/Markets
Michaelian Home will be at the
Building 1, Suite 9-E-23
July 10th-17th, 2013 
Check out our show schedule for 2013

Art as Inspiration at Michaelian Home

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 5/24/2013
Art as Inspiration

Inspiration refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavor. It comes from the Latin inspirare, meaning "to breathe into". Inspiration can come from many different sources, the Greeks believed it came from muses or gods, something outside themselves. This belief of an outside source started to change in the 18th century towards an inner source when philosophers entertained that inspiration was considered a product of the mind, or ‘winds’ within the mind.

Later in the modern era, psychologists studying the creative process believed that inspiration was the result of the individual’s subconscious or, even deeper still, Carl Jung suggested that the ideas sprang from the collective unconscious. While humans throughout time have sought to describe the mechanics of the creative process, in the end, all we know for certain is that without the hard work and dedication of the artist, the inspiration, no matter where it comes from, would languish unfulfilled.

 Since 1920, Michaelian Home has sought to capture the inspired endeavors of artisans around the world. Frank Michaelian began to travel to China, India, Persia, Africa, and Europe to build his rug manufacturing and importing business. When he traveled to these places, he acquired art material of many styles and mediums. Over the years this constant traveling and artwork purchasing built into a grand collection of inspired works. To this day, Michaelian Home still uses original artwork as the inspiration for all of their products.

Michaelian Home suggests themes and concepts to their network of artists. The artists then present original artwork back to Michaelian Home which is modified so that it can be translated into a rug or pillow design. A craftsman then takes the design and creates the resulting hand hooked rug or needlepoint pillow. From newly submitted artwork, Michaelian Home will be adding 3 new pillows, an Atlantic Crab, a Dolphin and an Octopus to its Nautical Collection. These new designs evoke the richly colored life of the seas. It is a realistic inspired vision of sea creatures resting on a sandy bed with seaweed and coral. The companion pillows were also inspired by original art and went through a similar design process.

 Since each piece is handmade, the opportunity to expand on the idea, to make the texture and color fit within an existing collection, or modified it into a particular shape or size, ensures that the final designs are unique and are truly a collaboration of inspired minds from around the world.

The story of Frank Michaelian and Michaelian Home

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 5/17/2013 to India/China Travel
No travel too rough

In the autumn of 1922 Frank Michaelian arrived on the overnight steamer ship from Shanghai and entered the port of Chefoo on the northeast coast of mainland China. In the previous year, the twenty five year old Michaelian had established the woven rugs carpet manufacturing and importing company Michaelian and Kohlberg. Michaelian was to later become one of the first Americans to establish carpet exporting offices in the Middle East and India, but early on one of his ambitions was to introduce and train needlepoint carpet weaving skills to artisans in mainland China. Michaelian set up a weaving center in China and between the years of 1924 and 1937, he produced some of the finest examples of needlepoint carpets ever made.

In 1937, with the Japanese invasion of the Chinese coast and the hostilities taking place between Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Tse-tung, Michaelian was forced to leave China. History though does have a habit of repeating itself, and with the opening of China in the early 1980's, he started to import many of the same products. And now, steeped in the tradition and heritage of this industry legend, Frank Michaelian's renowned artistry and unparalleled quality continue to be the hallmarks of Michaelian Home. Jason Sumner, the grandson of Frank Michaelian and the owner of Michaelian Home, has been involved in the home furnishings business since 1981, just three years after Frank Michaelian passed away. And so the legacy continues. Michaelian Home is a company with many accomplishments and it uses all of its prowess to produce designs that are unique to its brand. For instance, the clever decisions on colours and shapes are taken with savvy understanding of what works and what doesn¹t work, what is beautiful and breath taking, and what is familiar and inviting.

Our May Promo

Posted by 3dcartadmin on 5/3/2013

Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

Posted by admin on 4/26/2013 to Rugs

Michaelian Home now offers Indoor/Outdoor Rugs and Accessories. Handmade of Polypropylene that will moderately resist most conditions: water, snow, sun and pets! Easy clean. Visit Michaelian Home to purchase. Stock sizes and custom sizes available, just ask us! 1-800-258-3977

Outdoor Rug Bert
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