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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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Michaelian Home will be at the
Atlanta Spring Gift, Home and Holiday Market
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!
RUGS! PILLOWS! SCARVES! THROWS! STOOLS! BENCHES & More!
Our Michaelian Home collection of floral hand-stitched
needlepoint & petit point pillows, and hooked pillows features bold &
beautiful roses and tapestry-style flowers and more! Check them out - Pansies,
Geraniums, Sunflowers, Poppies, Wisteria, Peonies, etc.. Flowers are
coming up everyday at Michaelian Home.
All of Michaelian Home pillows have a 100% wool face, with a cotton velvet zippered back. They all have100%cotton velvet backing and a zipper so that the poly fill insert can be taken out during cleaning. For a small up charge you can add a feather down insert.
Wondering what the difference is between Needlepoint and Petit Point? We are here to answer your questions!
Our regular decorative needlepoint pillows have roughly 100 stitches per square inch. Our Petit Point pillows have around 200 stitches per square inch for even greater detail. Several of our pillows are a mix stitch of regular Needlepoint and Petit Point stitch. We carry needlepoint pillows in original designs featuring animals, fish & wildlife, holidays, dog breeds, nautical, patriotic themes and more. They are a beautiful expression of hand artistry and timeless beauty, browse our collections today! Needlepoint Pillows
Just in! Large shipment of 100% Silk Scarves and Hand-Loomed Cotton Throws at Michaelian Home. New products for Michaelian Home to enhance our lines of fine handmade products. Coming soon to our website!
We are not horsin' around. Ely and Shasta, two new cotton printed pillows from @michaelianhome have stunning detail. These pillows are embellished with embroidery and have a cotton zippered back.
Photos from trade show in Dallas, showing new chain-stitch pillows, shawls, throws and more!
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 michaelianhome.com
The Carl Sandburg Historic Site in Flat Rock, NC is a local treasure. Its history is steeped with poetry and surprisingly, goat herding. In its honor, Michaelian Home has designed several new printed, embellished, Sandburg-inspired, goat pillows, they will surely delight the ‘kid’ in everyone. You can see the new detailed pillows pictured above with actual Sandburg Goats. We also have some existing handmade needlepoint goat inspired pillows that are sure to get your goat. You can find those here: https://www.michaelianhome.com/NCU-798-Billy-Goat-16x20-Needlepoint-Pillow_p_1418.html
Carl Sandburg was known as the Poet of the People. He was a writer, poet and songwriter. He won two Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry. He also won another Pulitzer for his biography of Abraham Lincoln, a prolific body of work which is astounding in magnitude. His poetry captured the struggles of the working class in the early 1900s and thus captured the hearts of the nation. Active politically, he wrote on the issues of freedom and humanity. He enjoyed "unrivaled appeal as a poet in his day” and is considered to be a major figure in contemporary literature. "Trying to write briefly about Carl Sandburg," said a friend of the poet, "is like trying to picture the Grand Canyon in one black and white snapshot."
Though he was born and raised in Illinois, he moved to Flat Rock, North Carolina in 1945. The name of the 246 acre estate was Connemara and here he and his wife raised their daughters while he continued to write. It is said that he would stay up all night writing in his ‘crazy corner’, then he would eat breakfast with his family and then retire to bed about 10 o’clock in the morning. He liked to hike and created many trails on the estate and would often disappear on a trail to write.
Lillian or ‘Paula’ as Carl liked to call her, started raising goats when he was
still a struggling poet in the midwest.
She became interested in genetics and how to increase milk production. By the time they moved to Flat Rock, she was
already famous for her breeding and had established national prominence in the
field. The name Paula Sandburg became a
household name in goat breeding, She
continued to breed goats, mostly
Nubians, Saanens and Toggenburgs in North
ran a commercial dairy on the farm and at one time had a herd of about 200
goats. Locals say that they used to see Carl driving around town doing errands
with goats in his car! Supposedly this is not surprising to anyone that knew
Carl. One reporter stated that when he visited Carl to interview him in his Michigan home, it was so
cold outside that Carl led fifteen goats into his living room to get warm
during the interview.
Try being a goat: put on a face of calm contemplations.
Look people in the eye as though unaware they gaze at you.
Read their innermost hidden secrets.
Then turn away toward other horizons chewing your cud.
- Excerpt from From Daybreak to Good Night: Poems for Children by Carl Sandburg
Carl died in 1967 of natural causes and his wife died ten years later. Today the Connemara estate is a National Historic Site and you can tour the home, hike the trails that Carl frequented, and visit with goats that still carry Mrs. Sandburg’s goat's bloodlines. The current herd is kept to about 15 goats and they don’t milk them but every spring you can see new kids (goat kids!) toddling about the barn. The site is indeed a national treasure where history comes to life for ‘kids’ of all ages. Find out more or plan your visit here: https://www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm
Some new Nautical items from Michaelian Home perfect for spring!!
NCU-829 NAUTICAL Love 18" x18" Hooked Pillow
NCU-830 Nautical Happy 16"x20" Hooked Pillow
NCU-831 Nautical Shore Thing 16"x20" Hooked Pillow
Our Signal Flags Collection uses traditional maritime code flags to spell "LOVE", "SHORE THING" OR "HAPPY". Classical nautical colors will never go out of style. Choose your favorite or goup them together for a coastal nod with a positive vibe. These are handmade hooked pillows with a zippered backing.
Chinese New Year has been celebrated for centuries. It is an important festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunar-solar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. That is 15 days of celebrations with specific rituals and traditions for each day! 15 days! Many Chinese businesses completely shut down for about 3 weeks to allow for celebrations. Since China is such an integral part of the global economy this has a ripple effect throughout the world. U.S. companies (our included!) have to prepare months in advance knowing that Chinese business grinds to a halt during this period of festivities.
Chinese New Year is such an important holiday in areas with large asian descent populations that even the New York City Public Schools and San Francisco schools have declared today a holiday and the schools are closed. The first day of celebrations (today!) are typically marked with firework celebrations and everyone trying to make as much noise as possible to ward off evil spirits,misfortune and to hail only good things for the coming year! Money is given in red paper envelopes, windows are decorated with red paper cut-outs with the words 'good fortune', 'wealth', 'happiness' and houses are thorougly cleaned to 'sweep away' bad fortune and make way for good luck.
According to the Chinese zodiac, those born under the sign of the monkey are said to be intelligent, optimistic, romantic, sociable, confident, agile, curious as well as restless and reckless. Lucky numbers for the year are 1,7 and 8 and lucky colors are white, gold and blue.
Now that you are armed with more information about this incredible global holiday, join in on the fun! From our home to yours, Michaelian Home wishes good fortune for the new lunar year to everyone! I don't know about you but I certainly feel inspired to celebrate for the next 15 days straight! Happy New Year all you Monkeys!
It's not over, Rover!! It is still National Dog Day!!
National Dog Day Top 5 Things to Do:
5) Love on your favorite dog!...
4) Let your favorite dog love on you!
3) Don't have a dog but have a big heart? Visit your nearest animal shelter to find the perfect dog for you! Our favorite local shelter is http://www.blueridgehumane.org
2) Can't have a dog but still love them? Donate to your local shelter! Here is a link to a list of specific items that our local shelter currently needs. http://www.blueridgehumane.org/donate/ Or volunteer your time, that's free!!
1) Buy a Michaelian Home 'Rover' hand made pillow to rest your head upon when the dog days are over! These pillows are adorable and house-trained! Click Here to get one! Rover
*Find even more dog pillows here: https://www.michaelianhome.com/Retro-1920s-Dog-Pillows_c_11… and here https://www.michaelianhome.com/Dog-and-Field_c_218.html
Every year Pantone announces a new color for the year. This year's choice was Marsala, an inspired color that Pantone described as follows: “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors,” Here at Michaelian Home we have used this color for decades upon decades. From our Porgy Fish pillow to our Flame rug, you can see this dark, rich, luscious color pop! Check them out at michaelianhome.com today!
20% off all Williamsburg pillows until Jan 31st 2015
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.
Add a touch of earthy elegance to any room in
your home with a Michaelian Home flat weave rug. Our November Promo is
20% Off Flat Weave Rugs- online orders only. Take advantage of this
Our designer flat weave rugs are hand woven in India with all natural fibers including jute, hemp, wool, and cotton. The materials are hand selected and hand dyed, for a distinctive look that makes each rug one of a kind, and unique to your home.
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 www.michaelianhome.com
Get ready for The Day of the Dead on November 2nd with Michaelian Home's hand-made hooked pillows. They are to DIE for!
Wool Hand Hooked Pillows with beige velvet backing. Backing includes a zipper. Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased. Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl.
This is a huge boon for the area and we here at Michaelian Home are thrilled. We love all things equestrian as you can see from our Equestrian Collection of pillows! Get in the action and buy them here: http://www.michaelianhome.com/Equestrian_c_183.html
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