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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?
Hutong in Beijing - Recent trip to China
In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. 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?
Wild Holidays with Michaelian Home
Move over bacon, here comes Flat Weave!
Pennies never go out of style!
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.
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Here fishy fishy!
Old trend meets New with our Ikat pillows!
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Photos from High Point Market
Why High Point, NC?
New Collection of Bloomer 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?
New Pillow Designs!!
New additions to Nautical Collection
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
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!
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!
Feel like you are living in a rain forest?
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?
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
ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL GIFT & HOME FURNISHING MARKET
Building 1, Suite 9-E-23
July 10th-17th, 2013
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Art as Inspiration at Michaelian Home
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
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.
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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