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I am happy to answer questions about the design and fabrication of hand made area rugs, specifically: Hand Knotted Tibetan Rugs. Similar questions that arise about different methods of making other, less authentic types that are called "tibetan" are also possible subjects.

Experience in the area

Designer of my own line of authentically-woven Tibetan rugs for over five years. A member of GoodWeave, I can guarantee that no child labor is used in any rugs of my own design. For mo re information about my design philosophy and information about making a high quality Tibetan rug, please see my web site that includes this slide show: http://www.integralcolor.com/silk-road-weaves/slide-show-parts-1-and-2/


IACC / International Association of color consultants/designers: Member since 1996, newsletter editor since 2000. Historic District Commission / Medfield, Massachusetts


www.MUSE.com: online publication. Article about my work in June, 2011 issue Journal of Architectural Coatings: Article about color on commercial environments www.Design&Durability.com:website, currently a blogger for that site www.integralcolor.com/blog: my own blog www.hgtv.com: contributor about color and design, including some Q&A Boston Home and Garden (subject in an interview article) I've been a contributor and subject of color articles in other various publications over the years. My Tibetan rug designs have been shown in various shelter publications and trade publications.


Academia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy University of Minnesota, BA / concentration painting and printmaking University of California, Berkeley: fine arts department, studied painting and printmaking IACC - accredited color consultant/designer since 2000

Awards and Honors

IACC: International color exhibit where four of my projects were featured. Featured artist of Artaic.com (in their print brochure, not yet on their web site)

Past/Present Clients

I do have many fine clients but prefer not to mention them here. However, I invite you to read a few of the many testimonials on the "testimonials" page of my web site.

What do you like about this subject?

I love the opportunity to be creative, to use a new artistic medium that results in a functional work of art, and to bring unique art work to individual clients; the direct communication and personalized design development, doing the high level of customizing and design creation. I enjoy the results, the feeling that a client has when they are living with the rugs that I have had made for them.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Being in the rug design business for under 10 years I am actually a "newbie" in the field, as rug knowledge goes. But, I love doing the work of rug design and having my own boutique rug company.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

1. Many fibers indigenous to the mountains of Nepal are beautiful when undyed. 2. Long-fiber Himalayan wool from sheep raised in the high mountains of Nepal becomes more lustrous with increased use. 3. "Allo" ("Giant Himalayan Nettle") is not what we use for sunburn! After extensive, multi-step processing (by Humans) we have a beautiful fiber that to use in our hand knotted Tibetan rugs.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Child labor is Slave labor. Itís rampant in the carpet industry. A demand for cheap rugs keeps this going. GOODWEAVE is the absolute leader worldwide, working to eliminate this problem. I'm proud to be a member of GoodWeave.org, and can guarantee that there is NO child labor in any of our rugs from Silk Road Weaves. The work is done by only the most experienced adult artisans.

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Prashant S Akerkar02/01/14101010Dear Barbara Thank you. Thanks & Regards .....
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2014-01-25 Carpet Installation/Fixing in Trains and Buses.:

Hello Prashant,  I am not able to speak to the technical part of your question. As to "look and feel" - depending on the carpet and design I'd say it could be an improvement but frankly it would probably

2012-12-05 choice:

Hello and thanks for your question.   I may not be the best person to address your concerns, but I do have a question: by "vitrified tiles" do you mean "vitreous glass?"  There is a type of glass that

2012-06-03 carpet:

HI Lucille,  You did not say anything about your wall colors, or if this is wall-to-wall carpet (which is what I'd think, since you did not say  "area rug") - so I am not sure how to give you an answer


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