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San Ysidro Collection

In coastal, temperate regions moderate the climate allows for interior design that blurs the lines between home interiors and the outdoors. This collection of rugs is specifically designed to fit the Mediterranean style home. Patterns inspired by nature and color schemes that enhance the natural light of a room compliment Mediterranean interiors perfectly.

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A Warm Welcome from Michael Kourosh

Michael Kourosh has been a preeminent fixture in the design and home furnishing community in Santa Barbara for decades.  Michael’s work has been featured in some of the most luxurious and sophisticated hot spots around the world, including local gems The Four Seasons, San Ysidro and most recently in the renovation and re-imagining of The El Encanto Hotel in the American Riviera.

Michael started his love of decorative arts early on, and upon moving to Germany as a teenager he continued his apprenticeship in Persian rugs and antique collectables, where he earned his nick name ” the Rugoholic ” .

His love and holistic approach to interior design culminated when he moved to Santa Barbara and opened his first store in 1990.  The past 29 years has been spent refining his vision, taking another step forward with the opening of Santa Barbara’s first fully integrated Design Center.  He is proud and excited to be given the opportunity to share his vision with not only the design community, but everyone.  Michael strives to provide the utmost excellence in every area of interior design and service.  He has brought to Santa Barbara a unique opportunity for living spaces designed through in-house custom made furnishings, accessories, and collectables that will be the centerpiece of the finest homes for years to come.

With his network of the leading international designers, there is nothing that Michael cannot create, as is evident in the variety of design and retail awards bestowed upon his business, including 20 years and running as the best store in Santa Barbara.  He prides himself with being the foremost interior design resource in the Western United States, and is happy to share his expertise to Design Santa Barbara.

In his free time, the father of two loves to travel with his family on international adventures.

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Fun Ways To Incorporate a Suzani Into Your Design !

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Suzanis are extremely beautiful and unique hand embroidered pieces. Known for its decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and a few other Central Asian countries.

Material & Design Motifs

In most cases Suzani textiles usually have a cotton or silk fabric base. Which is then embroidered in silk or cotton thread. Suzani’s are often made in two or more pieces, that are then stitched together.

Popular design motifs include sun and moon disks, flowers, leaves and vines, fruits (especially pomegranates), and occasional fish and birds.

History of Suzani

Suzanis were traditionally made by Central Asian brides as part of their dowry, and were presented to the groom on the wedding day. These hand-embroidered vintage suzani’s are infused with the character that only comes from everyday use. Perhaps created by a bride-to-be to show her devotion to her betrothed and then in lean times bartered away to a traveling merchant for money or household necessities pulled from the depths of his donkey cart. The story of each of these suzani’s is as rich as their colors and as intricate as the designs that cover their surfaces

Ways to Incorporate Suzani into your design

Here are a few fun ways to incorporate a suzani into your design.

Bedding

If your the type of person that loves color. Consider a bed cover for instance. A suzani is the perfect add on for your bedroom decor. Its fun and full of fascinating colors and designs.

Upholstery

If your looking for a pop of color to add into your living room then having a piece of furniture upholstered with a beautiful embroidered suzani might just be the solution. Suzani’s feature a unique pattern, therefore making it an eye catching piece when entering the room.

Table Cover

Perhaps dress up your dining area with a extraordinary suzani. Your friends and family will love this piece and enjoy talking about its amazing history during a good feast.

Accent Pillows

On the other hand, what better way to add fun colors to a simple room. You can also use decorative pillows to add excitement to a plain room.

Hanging wall decor

Lastly, If you have a simple wall and are looking into how you could incorporate something beautiful to make it look pleasing to the eye. Then consider a wall hanging suzani/tapestry.

There are many different ways to incorporate a embroidered suzani. Whether its for your living room, dining room, or bedroom. Your options are endless. Create and imagine something beautiful and recreate it with a suzani. At Rugs and More we have a large collection of antique suzani’s and tapestry’s. With many different designs and colors to choose from.

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How Antique Rugs Are Made

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There is much more to making a rug than you think. The process in making a beautiful oriental rug that is going to last you a life time and passed down from generation to generation is impeccable.

Every rug has its history and unique story as to how it was made and who it previously belonged to. Many antique rugs are hand made with natural wool and organic dyes. When you look closely at an oriental carpet you see how each knot was individually knotted because every knot is slightly different.

What many don’t know when buying a rug is the true process it took to create such a beautiful master piece.

What are Rugs Made Out Of !

Rugs can be made from a wide variety of material but the main product to making an oriental rug is from Sheep Wool, Aplaca wool or Silk. The process of making the yarn itself is quite interesting.

Making Wool Into Yarn

Wool Fleece

First the sheep’s get sheered by a professional sheerer then the wool gets sent in large bundles to a different location where the wool will be hand separated by experts with an eye for color coordination. For instance, separating the white, blacks, and brown wool in different piles. Once the wool has been separated the next step is to begin carded wool to make it light and airy for it to be spun on the wheel and make into yarn.

Yarn Dyeing Process

Once the wool has been made into yarn the next procedure is to dye it using natural ingredients. For example, fruits, plants, and vegetables. The process to boil takes about 20 to 30 minutes to extract the pigment, strain, and then add cold water, cooling the bath down. Enter the wet wool and bring slowly to the boil over 30 to 40 minutes, then simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until a good colour is reached. Allow to cool. Lastly you wait for it to dry to begin use in making a rug.

Rug Weaving

Preparing the yarn is quite the process but not as much as actually hand weaving a rug. Depending on the rug it can take months or year to finish a very large rug. an artist draws a design for the rug on a special graph paper. A frame is then prepared by stretching columns of thread, called warps, vertically down the loom. Warps are usually made of cotton. The weaver then weaves the yarn knot-by-knot on the loom using a knotting method, such as Turkish knot, Persian knot and Tibetan knot.

Once the rug is finished it is sent out for a final rug wash, then sent out to its final destination.

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Royal Spanish Alpujarra

Beautiful Antique 18th century Spanish Alpujarra Rug / bedcover Alpujarra rugs or bed covers, produced in the Alpujarra mountains south of Granada on the Iberian Peninsula, Alpujarra rugs were consistently woven between the 16th and the 19th centuries. Alpujarras were woven on narrow beam looms in two or three pieces then stitched together- you can see that this one was woven in three pieces. These distinct carpets are among the more intriguing styles to have been developed in Europe. Featuring strong colouring and traditional motifs these antique rugs or bed covers, are particular to their region, the historical eccentricities of which are largely responsible for the distinct and immediately recognizable Aplujarra style. The Folk Art quality is highlighted by their coarsely woven texture and their limited use of colours. Often Alpujarra rugs are stylized in two tones and with a separate woven fringe. Sometimes these long fringes were up to twenty centimetres long stitched on four edges in alternate colours from the main colours of the rug. Weavers often used only two colours and some variations can include up to ten. Colours include turquoise, indigo, various shades of blue, yellow, a golden honey colour, white, black, cherry red, tomato red, deep yellow, cream, saffron yellow, lime green, and red.

Beautiful Antique 18th century Spanish Alpujarra Rug / bedcover Alpujarra rugs or bed covers, produced in the Alpujarra mountains south of Granada on the Iberian Peninsula, Alpujarra rugs were consistently woven between the 16th and the 19th centuries. Alpujarras were woven on narrow beam looms in two or three pieces then stitched together- you can see that this one was woven in three pieces.

These distinct carpets are among the more intriguing styles to have been developed in Europe. Featuring strong colouring and traditional motifs these antique rugs or bed covers, are particular to their region, the historical eccentricities of which are largely responsible for the distinct and immediately recognizable Aplujarra style.

Alpujarra Colours

The Folk Art quality is highlighted by their coarsely woven texture and their limited use of colours. Often Alpujarra rugs are stylized in two tones and with a separate woven fringe. Sometimes these long fringes were up to twenty centimetres long stitched on four edges in alternate colours from the main colours of the rug.

Weavers often used only two colours and some variations can include up to ten. Colours include turquoise, indigo, various shades of blue, yellow, a golden honey colour, white, black, cherry red, tomato red, deep yellow, cream, saffron yellow, lime green, and red. 

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Scale and Proportion

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When it comes to scale and proportion it is important to know the right size to accommodate your room. Scale and proportion can vary upon the size of your room, your bed and furniture. If you have a twin bed for instance you want to avoid getting a large rug. Perhaps you have a cal king bed, then in this case you want to avoid getting a rug to small. This is a mistake many make when designing there homes with out the help of an interior designer.

Hiring an interior designer will make your life much easier and stress free. They know exactly what colors to work with and the right size furniture to fit seamlessly into your home. Especially when it comes to selecting the right rug.

The first thing to know when choosing the right rug for your living space is to consider the rug should only cover the portion of the front legs of either the bed or sofa. Many people make the mistake of measuring from the very back of the sofa.


Therefore when purchasing a rug consider the size of your space and the furniture size you will late accommodate.

We provide the West Coast with the most comprehensive collection of new, oriental, and antique rugs. For over three generations, we have been the most trusted and reliable source for rugs and home decor. Take advantage of our award winning customer service on your next interior design project and enjoy all of the benefits we provide our loyal clients. Rugs & More is proud to have earned the Santa Barbara News Press’ Readers Choice Award for eighteen years running! We would like to thank our loyal patrons for helping us accomplish this.

Rugs & More is recognized as the ultimate shopping destination for the world’s finest rugs. Furthermore, Our rugs are sourced internationally and are hand selected and surveyed to ensure the highest quality. We also offer rugs that have been produced in collaboration with renowned interior designers, including Kathryn Roberts and Barbara Barry. Additionally, Rugs & More supplies rugs for high-profile hotels. It is an honor to have created exclusive collections for the Four Seasons, San Ysidro, and other famous getaways.