Google “rug” or “carpet” and you’ll find a flood of results that varies widely in both aesthetics and quality. As a designer, discerning the difference between the options—handknotted, handloomed, handtufted, and so on—is no easy feat. Add virtual shopping to the equation and the task gets even more complicated. Michael Christie, a.k.a. “The Ruggist,” is a rug industry expert, commentator and former trade magazine editor—and he’s here to explain how a handknotted carpet offers practical luxury underfoot. Returning to his roots in trade-only carpet sales, Christie can help designers suss out construction techniques, materials, and the many other merits (and caveats) of handknotted rugs.
In this class, attendees will learn:
- The basic differences in construction techniques used in rug making and their relative pricing
- Why materials matter, be it wool, silk, viscose, nylon, etc.
- What makes a handknotted rug more practical
- Why handknotted rugs offer a high degree of sustainability
After this class, attendees will have:
- A general knowledge of rug options available in the marketplace
- When and where handknotted carpets are best used
- An understanding of the handwork involved in upmarket carpet making and how this translates to cost and value
This workshop is conducted through Zoom webinar. All you need to join is reliable internet access and computer speakers with good volume.
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Michael Christie is a noted writer and expert within the field of handmade rugs and carpets. From guest columns in trade publications to his recent role as the editor of Rug Insider, Christie’s well-informed voice is the result of deep experience within the rug trade, from retail and trade-only sales and wholesale to domestic and international manufacturing.