SF Wanderings: Nomad Rugs

Beautiful day Sunday in San Francisco, sunny and warm without a cloud in the sky.  Time for a walk, and before you know it we’ve finally walked right into a store we’ve been avoiding because of the potential temptations, Nomad Rugs.  In Noe Valley on 24th between Church and Dolores, we find its dangers readily evident and escalating as we realize its much larger than it seems and goes on forever. We manage to find our way out with our wallets intact, but very inspired and sure its the place we would indeed acquire our next rug when we need one.

Highlights for me: some central Asian Ikat textiles, and ikat patterns on rugs.  There were also these great new rugs that seem different than what I have seen.  Glad I asked about them, I found out they are called Kaitag Rugs.  Kaitag art is the creation of a multi-ethnic people from a small region in the south of Daghestan, an autonomous region of Russia. The rugs are thick, hand tied using natural dyes, and use traditional Kaitag embroidery designs for motifs.  Also there were large patchwork rugs from Pakistan, where old and worn rugs are cut up and sewn together and then the whole rug is overdyed to create this kind of wash effect. Its quite appealing, AND what a great way to repurpose.   Color me inspired!

Ikat design on a rug

Kaitag Rugs

Kaitag Rug

kaitag rug

Kaitag Rug

Kaitag rug

Patchwork Rug

Patchwork Rug

Nomad Rugs also has a great website with lots of photos and information and links. Check it out! http://www.nomadrugs.com

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4 thoughts on “SF Wanderings: Nomad Rugs

  1. If you’re feeling like a real rug adventure:

    http://www.adibs.com/

    Mom has several small one’s from him in Utah and they have a 2nd location in Walnut Creek. Mr. Adib (the Utah one, Hamid, I think) used to teach at Berkeley and LOVES my mom.

  2. Wow! Love this! Rugs are like the cozy scarf accessory for a room, and these are such art pieces! I’m crazy for those patchwork rugs, especially for the overdye that keeps them from looking too random and mismatched. Brilliant. And the Kaitag! Thanks for sharing another different ethnic art form to be explored. Loooooving it! xo

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