Rugs pay tribute to the beauty of their countries of origin. Whether exotic or traditional, tribal or modern, our rugs weave stories through intricate patterns, compelling colors, and touchable materials. These museum quality pieces are a testament to superior craftsmanship.
Our rugs, textiles, tapestries, flat woven rugs, Kilims, and needlepoints are hand-knotted and woven in silk and wool of the highest quality. Both rare and unique in design, these collectibles quickly become family treasures that can be passed down from one generation to the next.
Our goal is to help you make a rug truly yours! Rugs & More is proud to offer customization options. Creating a custom rug from a variety of styles is the perfect solution when you can’t find exactly what you want.
Handmade Native American rugs and textiles are truly works of art; they are one-of-a-kind items that take many months to create. The handmade Navajo rugs are part of a sacred history that dates back more than 300 years, when weaving was introduced to the Navajo tribe. But the gorgeous Native American rugs, wall hangings, blankets, and other textiles available from just representatives of the past; they’re also emblems of “The Next Phase” of Navajo weaving.
Beautiful, handmade textiles, including American Indian rugs, wall hangings, blankets, and tapestries, are often overlooked as the brilliant works of art they are. Functional art, such as textiles and pottery, is too often devalued in comparison to fine art, such as painting and sculpture. Fortunately, this trend is changing, as crafts are finally being given their due in thousands of museums across the United States and the world at large.
Navajo textiles were originally utilitarian blankets for use as cloaks, dresses, saddle blankets, and similar purposes. Toward the end of the 19th century, weavers began to make rugs for tourism and export. Typical Navajo textiles have strong geometric patterns. They are a flat tapestry-woven textile produced in a fashion similar to kilims of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, but with some notable differences. In Navajo weaving, the slit weave technique common in kilims is not used, and the warp is one continuous length of yarn, not extending beyond the weaving as fringe. Traders from the late 19th and early 20th century encouraged adoption of some kilim motifs into Navajo designs.
Add A Splash Of Color With A Patchwork Vintage Rug
Our overdyed patchwork vintage rugs are just the thing to introduce a splash of color to any space. We select a Turkish hand-knotted patchwork vintage rug to create our collection of over-dyed rugs. We wash the colors, but care to keep the original patterns still alive. We then overdye them with a new color of choice, cut them into smaller pieces and hand sew the fragments together with a sturdy yarn. The rearrangement of the fragments transforms the ancient craft of rug making into unique artwork suited for contemporary settings at home or in offices. Patchwork rugs sew together cultures, traditions and history, creating beautifully unique rugs that should be treated as contemporary works of art. Combining pieces of vintage and antique hand-woven rugs and backed with a fabric as reinforcement, they showcase a wide variety of weaving traditions and are created to fit into both contemporary and traditional interior designs.
Patchwork Vintage Rug Uses
Patchwork is most often used to make quilts, but it can also be used to make bags, wall-hangings, warm jackets, cushion covers, skirts, waistcoats and other items of clothing. Some textile artists work with patchwork, often combining it with embroidery and other forms of stitchery. When used to make a quilt, this larger patchwork or pieced design becomes the “top” of a three-layered quilt, the middle layer being the batting, and the bottom layer the backing. To keep the batting from shifting, a patchwork or pieced quilt is often quilted by hand or machine using a running stitch in order to outline the individual shapes that make up the pieced top, or the quilting stitches may be random or highly ordered overall patterns that contrast with the patchwork composition. Patchwork Rug or “Pierced Pieces” is a form of needlework that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design. The larger design is usually based on repeat patterns built up with different fabric shapes (which can be different colors). These shapes are carefully measured and cut, basic geometric shapes making them easy to piece together.
Large Antique Turkish Usak Rug, 17th Century – This sublime antique 17th century Usak carpet showcases a fantastic Piece of art by octofoil stars. The lavish shield-like medallions Shows smooth curving quatrefoils, turtle-like pendants and lush emerald green swaths that are surrounded by protective latched . These distinctive Persianate medallions were adapted long ago and in Turkish as far back as the Renaissance. These precisely aligned medallions illustrate the principle of infinite rapport with precise lines of double symmetry. This richly colored carpet displays a vibrant red ground adorned with intricate blue scrolls. The wide, monumentally long field is enclosed by elaborate borders that display wild color variations and floral motifs accompanied by tribal lozenges. Worthy of a prized collection, this antique Usak rug is a stylistic forerunner that hints at the long history of this beloved art form. Usak rugs are known for the silky, luminous wool they work with. The dyes tend towards: cinnamon’s, terracotta tints, gold, blues, greens, ivory, saffron and grays.
Usak Rug Design
The late 19th century weavers came from villages outside of Usak and employed tribal techniques. Paramount to these techniques was the use of larger knots sometimes less than 30 knots per square inch and an all-wool foundation. The tribal style fused with the older Usak designs. The merger of the two styles created a new style simply known as late 19th/early 20th century usak carpets. The new decorative usak, commercially woven, employed a soft red, as its primary color offsetting the large-scale floral motifs from the field in a bright blue. The luxurious quality of the wool (for which usaks had always been known) aided the colors luminosity.
Brussel tapestry of the 15th century rivaled Arras and Tournai. It was noticed for its outstanding reproductions of religious painting by late Gothic Flemish masters, as exemplified by the altarpiece Brussel tapesrty. Such pieces were designed for churches or private chapels, where they were employed either as an altar cloth or antependium and also placed on walls behind the altar. Brussel alterpieces often included silk, which was used to obtain the greatest possible naturalistic detailed painting.
Brussels Tapestrys continued to dominate large-scale, high-quality production throughout the first two-thirds of the sixteenth century, and other Netherlandish centers continued to export large quantities of lower grade tapestries all over Europe, a number of smaller enterprises were set up elsewhere in Europe. Documentation indicates that there was a considerable amount of independent weaving in France during the sixteenth century. From a commercial point of view, the most successful French workshops were those in Paris, which managed to maintain an independent existence throughout the first three-quarters of the century, supplying Brussel tapestries to the French crown and nobility.
Rare Antique Konya rugs: 2’4” x 4’3” – Wool pile on wool foundation. Woven Ca. 1800. west Anatolia
This small format Konya has saturated and magnificent colors, lustrous and soft wool, and supple handle. Rich and bold tribal drawing. It has four small medallions on surrounded by indigo Blue bird heads on a rich red madder field. It had the signature peach color border with the medallions of Ram’s horn.
In 1292, Marco Polo was the first to make mention of the Konya carpets in writing when he called them the most beautiful in the world. Konya carpets are named for the region in which they were made. Renamed from the Greek “Iconium” when the Seljuk Sultans of Rum made it their capital, Konya is one of the largest, oldest and continuously occupied cities in Asia Minor. When Polo wrote of the Konyas, he had probably seen them in manufactories that were attached to the Seljuk courts. In the early 20th century, large carpets were found in the Alaadin Mosque in Konya; they are now housed in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul. Scholars and collectors alike, primarily for their bold tribal designs and magnificent color combinations not to mention their rarity, covet Konya rugs.
Older pieces are characterized by the restraint towards color combinations and their use of earth tones (most notably: soft yellow, terracotta and browns). The wefts of the Konya rugs are always red, distinguishing them from other Persian carpets. The Nomadic pieces within this genre usually have a foundation of dark wool or goat hair.
At Rugs and More we have a beautiful collection of Kapa Rugs and Textiles. These are very interesting because they are made from pounded bark and the making of these textiles is a dying art form. Kapa making was nearly a loss of practice due to the globalization of islands. Kapa production was mainly done by the Chief women of the villages and they did so in groups. Kapa is bark-cloth, the primary textile used in Hawaii before missionaries arrived with their colorful, woven fabrics. The Kapa is made from the inside bark of, primarily, wauke bush – mulberry bush. The women gathered together stripping, pounding and stamping the bark that would become cloth in which to wrap a baby, bless a marriage, or bind the bones of loved ones passed on, only good, positive, loving thoughts and comments were allowed during the process of the making of these wonderful cloths.
The pounding makes the cloth extra soft. The Hawaiian tradition also included soaking the bark for several days, practically until it fermented! The initial beating of kapa utilizes a round wooden beater—called hohoa—over a stone anvil–kua. The second and subsequent beatings involve a square beater—called ie kuku–over a wooden anvil.
Once the pounding and drying is complete, the cloth will be dyed with noni found in Nualolo Kai. That will give it a buttery yellow color. Hawaii’s kapa is known for its earthy colors of red, yellow, browns and blacks and geometric and asymmetrical patterns. There are many motifs that the kapa makers use for each cloth: they each have a deeper meaning which weaves a story with hidden codes.
Pounding kapa is pleasant, trance-like work but work that all but died out in Hawaii, relegating its only existence to an exhibit in a museum. In an interesting twist, however, it was the ancestors who resurrected the craft—or, at least, it was the need for kapa to bind the bones of ancestors that prevented kapa’s extinction as an art practiced today.
Come by Rugs and More and see our collection of Kapa Textiles and rugs. These have add such a wonderful richness to any wall or floor.
Rugs and More have had the privilege to decorate the Santa Barbara Biltmore hotel! We have created our luxurious Biltmore Collection that we lavishly decorated at the hotel. The Biltmore Collection, from Rugs and More has to be one of our most popular collection of carpets that we carry because they epitomize the casual sophistication of the California lifestyle. The collection was inspired by top interior designers, who over the decades custom designs and color palettes have been commissioned to fit the needs of the residents. And what better designs to fit the Spanish colonial style estates with their high ceilings, stone floors and that indoor outdoor living lifestyle.
The carpets are 100% handmade with natural dyes and made in chemical-free manufacturing facilities. The wool is a Ghazni wool that come from sheep who live in a high altitude and frigid climates – which promotes a fleece that is as dense and durable as it is high in lanolin. Lanolin is a natural water, stain and moisture resistant oil which is a wonderful element to add to any rug because of these qualities.
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Check out Rugs and More’s beautiful hand-woven natural Hemp Area Rug Collections. Not only are they stylishly attractive, simple, durable, and work excellently both in and outdoors. But these Hemp Rugs are also very good for our environment because they made from natural fibers and dyes. Hemp makes sense ecologically and aesthetically!
In fact, hemp fiber is stronger than cotton and they have a naturally course texture that will soften somewhat with time and actually become stronger as it wears. Hemp is also naturally resistant to rot and mildew. It’s strong. It’s beautiful, and it’s an excellent fiber choice for the new generation of “Green Conscious” minded people.
Here are a few fun facts about Hemp and our environment:
It grows without pesticides, chemicals and fertilizers
Every part of the hemp plant can be utilized for products
It grows 150 times faster then trees and makes four times as much fiber per acre
Consumption of hemp products conserves our oil and timber resources
Our Hemp Rugs are versatile in terms of our fabulous color choices, patterns and sizes. They are also great if you are on a budget and want a quick fix to any room because they are affordable. Our all-natural area rugs make an ideal choice for any decor.
Rugs and More’s Hemp Area Rugs are made in India by a company that does not employ child-labor, and is proactively supportive of its workers. The production facility is routinely inspected by a neutral third party to ensure that workers are being treated respectfully, and do not toil under inhumane sweatshop conditions.
If you are looking for a quick fix to add a little spice to your room them please stop by Rugs and More – located at 410 Olive Street, SB 93101!
Looking for something really colorful and unique to add an impression and refresh any room? Then check out these vibrant unusual Sari rugs that we have in a multitude of colors in our modern Silk Sari Collections at Rugs and More in Santa Barbara.
Silk Sari Rugs are made from silk Saris that are hand-woven into one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork. They are rich in saturated colors and can come in dramatic designs. These are fine hand-knotted rugs made from recycled Silk garments that have been unraveled into individual strands then carefully re-spun and delicately hand-knotted. Not only are there no two exactly alike but they are also very eco friendly because they are made from recycled fabric.
Rugs and More is pleased to present our Modern Silk Sari Collection of Rugs. That we can make in any size or color which give a luminous and iridescent quality to any room.
While you are here check out our hot new couch that we have made out of the same fabric – Saris from the Santa Barbara Sofa Collection which is located at 412 Olive St., SB 93101.
At Rugs and More we have wonderful collection of Mughal Agra rugs and carpets. Agra, is an city in India which has been a major center of carpet production since the 16th and 17th Century. Agra is located in northern India and is more recognized for the Taj Mahal, (and less known for its center for rug weaving). It was during this period that was heavily influenced by Mughal art and Architecture which was a amalgamation of Indo-Islamic-Persian styles. In the 16th Century, Agra, was the cultural center of Indian art forms such as: stonework, jewelry, architecture, textile design and rug & carpet weaving.
But during the golden age of Mughal India the making of rugs and carpets had virtually disappeared until it was revived under British rule in the 19th Century. Prisoners in the country’s jails – including those of Lahore, Yeraoda and Montgomery, as well as Agra – wove some of the most beautiful carpets. Antique Indian Agra rugs and carpets remain highly collectible, blending into both traditional and contemporary settings.
Agra Rugs are difficult to classify because they vary in size, design, and composition. Although they often depict open fields with smaller medallions and guards and they can also be woven with all-over designs. They are usually woven with wool, but can also be found with cotton. The older Mughal pieces are relatively rare. You can tell the difference between a Mughal Agra and an Agras from the 19th and 20th Century by their weight – newer Agras are heavier and their pile is longer. Agra rugs were extremely well made durable rugs and are considered the best of Indian rugs in the post-Mughal period.
At Rugs and More located at the Santa Barbara Design Center at 410 Olive St., Santa Barbara 93101 – we have sublime collection of Mughal Agra Carpets for you to see, touch and feel. All in mint condition!