Saturday, November 17, 2012


Since I've been working hard getting ready for the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Show in Raleigh over Thanksgiving weekend, I decided to take a few breaks this week.  In addition to a town revitalization meeting and a visit from my aunt and uncle, I received an invitation from friends Laurey Masterton and Alicia Keshishian.  Alicia was in town giving a presentation on her rugs at Laurey's restaurant in Asheville. 

Those who know me know if rugs are around, I want to be there.  For those who could not attend, here are some photos of a wonderful evening.

 When I saw this rug hanging up, I recognized it right away.  It is gorgeous and was purchased by Laurey when Alicia had it on display in the Penland Gallery in Penland, N.C.  You can see the depth it has when light hits it.

 The two samples above have beautiful shades of red in them with one minimalistic and one full of color. 

A closer look at one of the samples in the previous photo.  Alicia is a color expert and it shows in the way she puts various hues together.  This design makes me want to dance.

This piece, draped over a tabletop, garnered plenty of attention.  It was woven using bamboo silk giving it a luxurious feel both visually and to the touch.  Very rich looking.  Yum!

Samples with a touch of silk to add sheen.  I feel a great sense of movement in the left piece and a sense of peacefulness in the right sample.  A great example of how important design is and how rugs can bring a certain feeling to the room they are in.

  A closer look at one of the above rug samples.  I love the calming background color with the wicked bright line through it.

Those who attended had the opportunity to learn about the dyeing and weaving process during a slide show presentation.

A table with articles about Alicia and her rugs.  Color, color, color!

More socializing after the presentation. 

Alicia discussing rugs with one of many interested attendees.

A few of the many great treats Laurey had out for us.  Needless to say, I had to have more than one! 

Look out for events happening in your area and have a great day. 

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