Our Changing the Conversation Series* continues this May in conjunction with LCDQ’s Legends of La Cienega. The theme for this year’s Legends is NOVEL INTERIORS, story telling by design, and so with the help of Christian May, we are transforming our front gallery space into a story telling canvas inspired by Scheherazade and 1,001 Arabian Nights.
Pictured: Mahal Antique Persian Rug, with “Your Story is Your Treasure” written in Arabic.
Stories breathe life into those they touch. Both the reader and writer become connected and sometimes, if they are lucky, they are changed in some way by a story told well. In 1,001 Arabian Nights, Scheherazade’s stories do just that. They keep her executioner at bay and breathe life back into a man who has become dejected, bitter, and angry. This is what great storytellers do. They restore order through the imagination and instill hope again and again and again.
All of the elements present in our window installation personify the stories told in 1,001 Arabian Nights. Hung from the ceiling, antique distressed carpets appear to fly around the showroom, and the walls are painted the hue of the desert night sky. Mariam Hakhnazaryan, the newest member of the Woven Accents team, intertwines her own story with that of Scheherazade in a mixed-media installation on the main wall, and sand-colored hide rugs, designed by Christian May, pepper the floor. The end result leaves the viewer feeling as if he or she has been transported to another place and time where stories become treasures when they are spoken and shared.
Taking inspiration from Scheherazade and the great storytellers of the world, we reach out to the design community to share your stories with us. By asking the questions, ”How did you find your ONE LOVE**? How do you inject your story into the work you do? What inspires your creations?, we hope to inspire others to look inside, find their true story, and share it with all who will listen.
Submit your story, in 250 words or less, to Ginna Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be entered to win a hand-painted pillow from our ONE LOVE collection.
A select number of stories will be shared on our blog and through our social media outlets. So go on, tell us your story, we dare you.
* A series of collaborative window installations designed to change the conversation between art and design.
**The thing inside you that you were born to do.
Below is a selection of antique rugs available at Woven Accents, some of which will be featured in our installation.
Pictured: Mahal Antique Persian Rug, 9'3" x 11'4".
Pictured: Sultanabad Antique Rug, 9'10" x 14'3".
Tania Johnson of Tania Johnson Design, who specializes in custom, contemporary hand-knotted rugs, is crossing the pond and the country, for that matter. As the sole representative of Johnson’s collection in Los Angeles, we invite you to the showroom Wednesday, March 26 through Friday, March 28, from 10 AM to 5 PM daily, to meet the textile designer and learn more about her stunning designs. Every rug is inspired by fleeting moments in time that capture the impermanence of nature, be it the way light casts shadows, the way trees appear flowing in the wind, or even the reflections that momentarily appear on the water’s surface. Johnson then uses both her photography skills and knowledge of weaving to reconstruct nature in a new and textural way.
Every Tania Johnson Design rug is certiﬁed by GoodWeave, ensuring that no child labor is used in the production of her rugs and improving working conditions for adults.
To schedule an appointment with Tania Johnson while she is in town, please call us at 310.652.6520 or email us at email@example.com.
Below are a few examples of her nature-inspired designs, available through Woven Accents...
Above: The front gallery space of the showroom, featuring our ONE LOVE installation, as seen from Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.
The event also marked the opening of our second installation in our Changing the Conversation series, which seeks to blur the lines between art and design, shed light upon innovative ways to bring fantasy and creativity into everyday life, and ultimately change the way people think about, buy, and design around a rug.
Above: Curated by designer Jessica Marx of J. Marx Atelier, large whimsical sculptures from Toy Art Gallery and gold benches from Organic Modernism are prominently displayed alongside one-of-a-kind hand-painted rugs in the front gallery of the showroom.
Known for our ability to source unique vintage and antique rugs, we move forward in 2014 committed to developing products and creating environments that are steeped in tradition yet fueled by the imagination. ONE LOVE is just that. Over the course of last week, our showroom was transformed into an inventive and experiential environment that features designs and products all made with passion, creativity, and love. From the captivating poem written and painted by artist Gregory Siff on our building’s exterior (piquing the curiosity of those who pass by) to the thoughtful yet whimsical curation of the interior space by Jessica Marx of J. Marx Atelier to the remarkable one-of-a-kind hand-painted rugs by Siff as well as artists This Means Mar, Kenny Scharf, Tanya Nolan, Defer, and DJ Neff prominently displayed as works of art around the showroom, the ONE LOVE installation is a visual manifestation of what we as a company believe in: authentic innovation, creative collaboration, and the making of ART - whatever the canvas may be.
Above: Vignette styled by Marx using Woven Accents rugs and
furniture from Howe London and Organic Modernism, accented with Blamo and A + R
The evening was a tremendous success. Sure the delicious signature cocktails, mini fish tacos, photo booth, and Notorious BIG blaring throughout the space added to the good time but ultimately it was the supportive and passionate energy of the crowd that really made the event. Guests seemed to arrive curious and leave feeling inspired. If this was in fact the case, mission accomplished.
Above (from left): Artists 2wenty and This Means Mar; Woven Accents Creative Director Ginna Christensen; artists Kenny Scharf, Louis XXX, and Gregory Siff; and designer Jessica Marx.
Above: The photo booth, featuring DJ Neff’s one-of-a-kind hand-painted rug as the backdrop, was a big draw throughout the evening. Props included boxing gloves, funky sunglasses, a skateboard, unicorn masks, and much more.
Below are the six one-of-a-kind rugs from Woven Accents,
which were hand painted in honor of our ONE LOVE collaborative artist
collection. For all you art collectors out there, they are for sale!
Spray Paint on Antique Turkish Oushak Rug
12’10” x 16’
Things I Love, 2014
Ink on Vintage Kilim
10’5” x 13’1”
This Means Mar
My Kind of Love, 2014
Acrylic and Spray Paint on Vintage Kilim
7’ x 9’8”
You Thrill Me, 2014
Fabric Paint on Vintage Kilim
7’6” x 10’
One Love, 2014
Ink and Acrylic on Vintage Kilim
9’3” x 16’3”
ONE LOVE, ONE HEART, 2014
Spray Paint on New Kilim
9’ x 12’
A Woven Accents Collaboration
West Hollywood, CA February 2014
One love is that thing inside you that you were born to do. It’s the thing that once it’s uncovered, nothing can keep you from bringing it into the world. But it can tear you apart in the same instant that it fills you up. It makes you make things - things that come from the heart.
second window installation embodies this very definition, as we continue the
conversation between art and design. From the poem written and painted by Gregory Siff on the exterior of the
showroom to the hand-painted one-of-a-kind vintage rugs that hang inside, ONE
LOVE marks our commitment to creative collaboration, community, and the making
of art, whatever the canvas may be.
design curation by J. Marx Atelier, the front gallery space will be transformed
into a haute runway show exhibition, featuring walls adorned with
vintage-rugs-turned-one-of-a-kind works of art by artists Kenny Scharf, Gregory
Siff, Defer, This Means Mar, and Tanya Nolan. The open space will be sprinkled with sculptures from Toy Art Gallery
and benches on loan from Organic Modernism, giving the viewer time and space to
take in the work.
theme of urban art is carried through into the main showroom, which is
merchandised alongside traditional antiques from Howe London. Art toys, provided by Blamo, are placed atop
stacks of books and end tables, vintage sofas and chairs are adorned with
hand-painted pillows and upholstery, and champagne stands are filled with
flowers by Can Love. The end result is a
magical blend of tradition mixed with the power of imagination. The end result is ONE LOVE. Beginning Feb 4, come see for yourself what
true creative collaboration looks like, what ONE LOVE
looks like to us.
Thank you to our sponsors
J. Marx Atelier, Blamo, Toy Art Gallery, A+R, Organic Modernism, Can Love, and 27 Ground
Through launches our new
series of collaborative window installations designed to change the
conversation between art and design. With the help of Heather Ashton of Heather
Ashton Designs and her team of artists (Jonas Bergkvist & Laura Hubacz) we
begin to demonstrate what matters to us as a brand.
that the path to creative innovation is not always smooth, well lit, or easily
traveled, but it is from the struggles and stumbles that we take along the way
that birth the most creative innovations. We believe that by encouraging
others to fulfill their creative potential, we make the world be a better place
- one person, one product, one project at a time.
brings this idea to life the inner struggle of the artist, the innovator, the
visionary CEO. For it is when we break
through our fears, our doubts, our worries that we allow our imagination to
wonder, grow, and create something that is worth sharing with the world.
At Woven Accents
community is so important, and it is our goal to give support to the risk
takers we admire. We know that in the end what we will receive is so much greater
than what we give. We know we will continue to receive gifts like BREAKING
A Heather Ashton Design and Woven Accents Collaboration
It’s not an easy task, like
folding socks or scooping out a bowl of ice cream. Breaking through, changing the conversation,
continuing on a course through the ups and downs, the countless struggles to
arrive at something innovative, artful, new - it takes courage. It takes
dedication of the heart.
*Inspired by above image from Jeremy Geddes
This month Woven Accents embarks on a courageous journey, to change the interaction and conversation between art and design. Using our window as our megaphone, our canvas, our eyes and our ears - we engage the community in conversation - What does the word art mean to you? What constitutes innovative design? Who determines what is beautiful? How important is functionally in inspirational design? With the help of Heather Ashton Design, we begin to ask these questions.
Marking the beginning of a new path, a more artful approach to working with rugs and design, we invite both the art and design communities - from contemporary artists to those who work in the street - from emerging names to the ones we all recognize - to tell us about your vision for the future of design as we simultaneously present our own narrative on the matter. This month our window installation launches it all as we Break Through the status quo, the fears that come along with taking bold risks - to arrive in February at ONE LOVE…
Untitled by Disc Interiors, The Art Reserve & Woven Accents
Since 2005 we at Woven Accents have been taking steps towards becoming a leader in the industry. From the showroom space we created on Melrose Ave in Los Angeles to the new rugs designs we are developing, it is clear that we are committed to challenging ourselves creatively.
Our latest challenge was to come up with a concept for our
front gallery space that would elevate the experience of the patron attending
the panel discussion we hosted during DIEM.
The subject of the talk: LA’s New Era of White-Box Warehouse Galleries. Moderated by Art Critic and Curator Shana Nys Dambrot, the panel of outliers in the field which included, Gallery Owner Perry Rubenstein, Curator and Art Critic Matt Gleason, and Artist Jay Mark Johnson, discussed the effects these large scale galleries are having on the art enthusiast and the artists that are challenged to create enough quality work to fill these caverness spaces.
Drawing inspiration from the topic of the talk, we decided
to take an artful approach to the curation of the space. To help push our
vision into motion we called upon our friends David John Dick and Krista
Schrock of Disc Interiors.
Known for their sophisticated eye and relaxed style, they also have their finger on the pulse of what is happening in the LA art scene.
Inspired by artist Tara Donovan, Disc Interiors created a concept based on the large-scale sculptures she forges from everyday materials such as plastic cups, paper plates, and toothpicks. Her site-specific installations have an organic and familiar quality that seem to mimic nature and the way things actually grow. Our goal was to create the same experience using antique rugs and vintage rugs, our everyday material, to surprise and push the viewer out of his comfort zone.
The surprise for us however, was in the building of the structure. Exhausting, exciting and sometimes nerve wracking, the experience brought us together as a team, a family committed to making this thing "that not all involved understood“ look beautiful.
The end result was so much more than we originally
imagined. The installation embodies who
we are as a brand and who we continue to strive to be: innovative, creative, a
team that works together as if we are one.
A very special thank you goes out to Disc Interiors and The Art Reserve. None of this would have been possible without their astounding commitment to creating all things extraordinary.
Persian rugs have a long and diverse history with periods of revolutionary flourishing. Rugs in Persia are ingrained in the very culture of the region. Persian rugs date back to ancient times with one of the oldest determined to have been woven in 500 B.C. It is actually the oldest known surviving carpet in the world. While our Antique Persian rug collection at Woven Accents isn’t quite that old, some of our Persian rugs are over a century old.
In the historical chronology of Persian rugs, they were developed and crafted by familial and sometimes nomadic weavers and the rugs quickly gained notoriety. In the early centuries, they were often found in the palaces of royalty and in the most well known mosques. Master weavers created large and intricate designs for the most renown members of society in the Middle East but handcrafted rugs were not out of reach for the masses. Prayer rugs were often owned and used daily by the general public. Persia became such a thriving and successful area for rugs both large and small that specific centers of production began developing. The earliest of these centers was the Persian Azarbaijan region. It was here that dying textiles for vibrant colors and rug production took on a more profound role.
The striking beauty and impressive longevity of the components that create a Persian rug are often as awe inspiring as the actual designs. Cotton, silk, and wool were all used for Persian carpets and the designs incorporated were dependent on the background and location of the individual weaver. Some common themes in antique rugs from Persia include floral patterns, tribal shapes, and spiraling designs. Not only is the oldest known rug a Persian antique rug but this past summer the most expensive rug in the world was auctioned and it was also an antique Persian rug. Sotheby’s sold the 17th century Persian rug for $33.7 million to an anonymous bidder. The rug was extremely intricate with a well-balanced floral and geometric design throughout.
The history of antique Persian rugs holds a powerful place in the design world. Through centuries of artistic experimentation, dedication to craft, and a connection to the culture from which these rugs were born, Persian rugs continue to grow in popularity and remain prized pieces in the worlds of design and art. Our collection at Woven Accents attempts to highlight the variety in styles and forms of these antique rugs but also the shifts in shape, materials, and patterns throughout the ages. We are proud of the curated collection of antique Persian rugs at our Los Angeles store and love sharing the stories behind our rugs. Feel free to stop by for a personal viewing of our collection or contact us for more information on some of our favorite pieces from our antique Persian rug collection.
Turkish rugs are prized in the world of antique textiles. They are woven with designs and techniques that have influenced rugs for centuries. Antique Turkish rug grace the floors and even hang on the walls of design connoisseurs and those drawn to the beauty of masterful weavings. At Woven Accents, we have a hand-picked collection of over 600 antique Turkish rugs and they are some of our favorite rugs to showcase and share with clients. The history behind these rugs is as fascinating as the mesmerizing patterns and intricate weaving skills.
One of the most popular type of Antique Turkish rugs is theOushak rug.
Its beginnings are traced to the start of the of the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century. Oushak rugs, sometimes called Ushak rugs, originated in the Anatolia region of Turkey in the city of Uşak.
Kilims, a pileless antique rug, were also born in the Anatolia region near Uşak, making Turkey a powerhouse of production with an extended reach into the early textile market.
It’s important to note the connection to nomadic culture when
looking back on the history of Antique Turkish rugs. These rugs were initially created by nomads
as functional floor coverings or bedding. They were crafted to be lightweight while having the longevity to endure
long distances and exposure to various climates. Nomadic tribes often traveled great distances
either on foot or on animals using the materials of the local environment to
spin thread and develop different types of natural dyes. The ease of movement afforded by the use of
rugs as primary components of their living quarters allowed the nomads to
carry, set-up, and eventually pack-up with an efficient simplicity. The practices involved in creating rugs that
would last for hundreds of years with impeccable artistry were passed down from
elders to students. Each new generation
would bring their own subtle, creative nuances to the process while the
foundational concepts remained consistent.
Eventually Turkish rugs felt the impact of the European
markets. After approximately 300 years
of expansive growth, the trade of Turkish rugs shifted towards more Western
European weavers. Turkish rugs,
particularly Oushak and Kilims, experienced a major decrease in commercial value
and, in turn, production during this time. Two centuries later a resurgence in
Turkish rugs began and production flourished again as Western markets fell in
love with the wonderful complexities of Turkish rugs.
Whether you’re interested in some of the oldest Oushak rugs from our large collection or you’re looking for a more vintage Kilim for your home, browse through our portfolio of Antique Turkish Rugs to discover more about the production of these masterworks and enjoy the inspiration gleaned from these breathtaking antique rugs.
Summer is here! Warm days, cool nights, and a sense of potential abound over the next two months. Nothing gets our inspiration going like that spontaneous feeling when creativity melds with design and the carefree days of summer always ignite that spark within us. The wonderful designs of summer have inspired us to put together a summer wish list of some of our favorite rugs and design pieces cultivated by these sun sparkling days.
1.) We are excited to introduce our New Modern Moroccan Rugs Recreations Collection at Woven Accents. One of the newest arrivals to our collection, this piece delivers the perfect summer vibes to any room with its shades of lagoon blue and subtle rhythmic patterns. Custom sizes and colors are available for the entire collection of Modern Moroccan Rugs.
2.) Dedon has created the ultimate summer hideaway. Nestrest is a cross between a hammock and lounger with a layer of comfy cushions on the inside. Crawl in with a favorite book and a tall glass of lemonade for an afternoon of summer bliss. The special weaving makes it possible to see out but not in, making it a great spot for a nap in the shade.
3.) This Antique Oushak Rug has Turkish roots with its medallion centerpiece and intricately designed borders. The warm shades of orange, yellow, and red convey the same peaceful feelings that accompany the endless days of summertime. Picture this beautiful antique rug in the center of your living room with the windows open and an evening breeze cooling down the day as you relax into a perfect summer night.
4.) These recycled glass jugs from West Elm were once Spanish wine bottles. Transformed into crisp tints of turquoise, clear, and emerald. They add a sense of lightness with their clean lines and wide necks that make for unique summer tablescapes including fresh bouquets or a collage of sea glass and beach sand.
5.) This new Oushak rug is part of our Antique Recreation collection. It’s warm gold and light brown palette reminds us of sandy beaches and summer sunsets while it’s luxurious texture encourages us to go barefoot. These new rugs have been created to resemble the wonderfully aged and enhanced textiles of antique rugs while maintaining the convenience of modernity. At Woven Accents, we have Antique Recreations ranging across genres from Persian to European designs and patterns.
6.) The Lemolo Daypack in seafoam is a loyal summer companion. Filling it with the essentials for a weekend trip to the coast or a spontaneous road trip into the mountains, you can be assured your style will stay in step with the durability and versatility needed for carefree travel. This daypack is constructed with waterproofing agents and canvas straps so that it can keep up with all your adventures.
Woven Accents is excited to announce our partnership with Grange Furniture in New York City. Grange, the
French furniture manufacturer established over a century ago, was the perfect
fit for our East Coast collaboration. Our staff has worked closely with the wonderful team at Grange to share
the knowledge and passion we have for our handpicked collection of antique rugs, vintage rugs and modern rugs. Now design professionals and
home decorators will be able to easily access our antique and contemporary rugs
from the Grange showroom.
Pale blue Oushak from our Vintage Oushak Rug Collection
The aesthetics and craftsmanship of the products from Grange
are a perfect match for our collection of personally selected rugs. With a focus on quality and artistry, the
Grange’s line of furniture is world renown with a focus on timeless,
handcrafted techniques. Woven Accent
shares in these values. Our collection
of antique and contemporary rugs represent both quality in materials and the
most highly skilled weaving practices. We believe our partnership is a creative
touchstone that will add to the inspirational style in the New York design
New Khotan rug from our Stonewashed Collection
A limited selection of our rugs is available on view at the
Grange showroom in NYC. The team at
Grange can also introduce clients to our full collection through our extensive
online catalog. The Grange staff can
explain the details and history of our rugs to connect clients with the perfect
match. Our antique, vintage, and modern
rugs can then be easily shipped and delivered anywhere in the New York
Chalky white kilim from Vintage Modern Kilim Collection
Woven Accents is honored to be actively making our collection more accessible and expansive in reach. In Los Angeles, we have contributed to our local community by supplying vintage rugs and modern rugs for movie sets, photo shoots, and the residents of Los Angeles. Making our rugs easily available to the creative and design communities on the East Coast has always been a goal of ours and we jumped at the opportunity to work with Grange. Now our vintage modern kilims, antique rugs, and modern designer rugs are among the many beautiful selections from our rug collection available through the Grange showroom in New York City.
Contact us today to learn more about the latest additions to our collection.
The Washington Post is reporting that Sotheby’s has sold a 17th century Persian rug for a record breaking $33.7 million. The antique rug sold on Wednesday, June 5th 2013 to an anonymous bidder who smashed the previous high bid of $9.6 million for a Persian rug in 2010 from Christie’s in London. Yesterday’s rug was being sold by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C through Sotheby’s.
Sotheby’s sale of the Clark Sickle-Leaf carpet claims the title of the highest auction price for a carpet in the world. The prized Persian rug was from the William A. Clark Collection, bequeathed to the gallery in 1926. William Clark was a politician and entrepreneur who had amassed a large collection of European and American art as well as rugs from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Yesterday’s auction at Sotheby’s highlights the increasing global interest in antique rugs, especially antique Persian rugs. Sotheby’s website states that the auction was comprised of 25 carpets, all of which sold at a price above the highest estimated figure. From beautiful design elements to world renown art collections, antique rugs are quickly gaining popularity across genres and markets.