Welcome to our Area Rugs Showcase, featuring exceptional designs from artisans throughout the world.
Beautiful and practical, each is an exquisite work of art - favorite styles include the wool rugs, sisal rugs, jute rugs and alpaca wool area rugs.
"One day I looked around and I could see we were surrounded by art, but people didn't value it enough and poverty was settling into our community."
"My name is Mario Chávez Gutiérrez and according to legend, the Lord of the Universe descended in the village where I was born. His mission was to make art flourish in the region, and let the loom recreate the beauty of the universe. That's why I called my workshop Teotl – tlan, because in the Náhuatl language it means "House of God."
"I come from a family of weavers – it is a legacy I inherited from my great-grandfather. Nowadays, my designs in wool are innovative, somewhat different to those of my great-grandfather. One day I looked around and I could see we were surrounded by art, but people didn't value it enough and poverty was settling into our community. I realized we had everything at our disposal, we just didn't know how to make good use of it. So I decided to try new and different things. I changed patterns and played with colors. My aim was to preserve and promote the beauty of the Zapotec art.
"The process starts with the wool – we shear the sheep twice a year. Then it's washed and carded by the women. We thread and dye it with natural colorants such as cochineal, walnut tree bark and local flowers. We thread the wool on the pedal looms and commence weaving, a process which can take anywhere between one day to a whole month, depending on the design. To finish, we roll up the loose threads and tie them into knots. Finally, we check the rug to make sure it is of good quality and has no imperfections.
"I want to give a present made with my hands to the world, as a gift from Teotl-Tlan."
Inspired by designs hewn in stone, Alberto Ruiz García turns his eyes to the Monte Albán archeological site for this design. The intricate central motif is inspired by the maguey plant that flourishes in the sierra. Bands of fretwork adorn this brilliant....read more
A dazzling Zapotec diamond exudes the vibrant artistry of Mexico's Mario Chavez. Viewed from left to right, each step in the diamond symbolizes a different stage of life beginning with conception. The steps reach a zenith, which is followed by a decrease....read more
Fish frolic together in a whimsical geometric design. Woven by hand, this contemporary rug displays the intricacy of traditional Zapotec art. Alfredo Ruiz weaves this extraordinary runner by hand of virgin wool. Titled "Coloridos pescados" in Spanish.....read more
Intricate motifs seem to dance and glow against a background of cool moss, evoking the dramatic beauty of the Mexican sierra. Woven by hand, this rug displays the intricacy of traditional Zapotec art. Alfredo Ruiz weaves the extraordinary design of virgin....read more
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