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Unusual Inspirations: A Custom Rug for Chad Alan.

Unusual Inspirations: A Custom Rug for Chad Alan.

Interior designers are our favorite people. And we know their jobs aren’t easy. They’ve got important clients on the hook for high-end build-outs. They are managing expectations, handling deliverables, and running point on special orders. They’re team captains to electricians, contractors, and their own employees. They have budgets to balance, appointments to keep, and client concerns to quell. They don’t have time for flaky floor folks.  

Our favorite clients are the ones who bring us with them on spectacular journeys, letting us flex our muscles on challenging installs and unique projects.

When one such client, Chad Alan, came to us with a twinkle in his eye, we knew something spectacular was on the horizon.

You never know where inspiration will come from. In this case, the art on the wall achieved new dimensions in a gorgeous handmade rug.

Chad was planning out a dramatic foyer for his client – a space where the wall art was the main attraction. The fresh, youthful style conjured up images of urban murals and modern street art. The blue-greens, deep purples, and pops of yellow and orange hit Chad with Cupid’s Arrow: he was head over heels in love with its aesthetic.

Chad came into the showroom with an 8.5×11 piece of paper, slashed with color and bold design in magic marker. We immediately started thinking how we could recreate that same look and feel in a textile, making the foyer’s design a truly 3-Dimensional experience.

First, we scanned his handmade sketch into a fancy design program and started playing with color and contrast. Then, we matched yarns to those color profiles.

But the magic had only just begun.

From there we collaborated with our mill partner in Nepal, who painstakingly spec’d out the measurements and began the meticulous process of weaving it on the loom. We started to see our rug come to life — and Chad’s vision manifested.

What an amazing process to be a part of! From the spark of inspiration to the final installation, we got to go along for the ride. So. Much. Fun.

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