The rug started life as a sleeping mat.
It was created to provide humans with warmth, protection, rest,
a shroud for the dead, a bundle in which to carry tools.
For those who wandered for years,
following their flocks and herds,
the rug was a singular comfort:
a better bed than the cold ground
or the rough hides of animals.

Summer 2006

Greetings from the desk of Michael Joseph. Having time to reflect on my walking the summer market in the Atlanta National Oriental Rug Show and talking to colleagues on trends in color and design, I think there have been great strides taken to meet the demands for cooler colors and bringing some blues back to the forefront in room decor.

Area rugs with loose, expansive drawings and the color brown seem to dominate the market for the time. The warmth of light tan to the bronze color in the field and/or borders seems to add the right element to the cutting edge interior. Also the same is true for contemporary solids as evident in the new Strata Collection by Clodagh. She is an internationally renowned interior designer who is designing with Tufenkian her first collection of Tibetan rugs. The bold stripes and rich organic colors depict the concept of strata, or layering, wherein each layer builds upon the next. The Strata Collection consists of five designs, and made available in multiple colors and sizes. Please visit us soon for the best selection.

Jagapatti is another new collection introducing handmade rugs from Jaipur, India with handspun wool, easy price point, and colors to drool over. The collection is collaborating rug colors with Kravet fabric manufacturers. These are proving to be very versatile to most consumers in to visit the selection.

One more bit of exciting news is the development of our new website by Small box Consulting and Design. Visit and see more about our history, services, vendor information, online specials, and much much more.

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