Lapchi Congratulates Marilyn Ritter, Creation Ground Media CEO

April 20, 2011

The Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal has just released its annual Women of Influence publication that honors 100 women in Silicon Valley. The common thread that tied all 100 women together is their achievements in becoming self-made, successful, influential women both in their career fields and in their communities.

Our own thread to Marilyn and Creation Ground Media is through our video Lapchi, A Tibetan Wool Story. Marilyn and her partner George Cohen, in conjunction with Lapchi’s owners and overseas staff, shot and edited our DVD on carpet production. Traveling to Kathmandu, Marilyn and George quickly developed a love for the diverse culture of Nepal, which is exhibited in their respectful treatment of the land, the people and the traditions of the Tibetan and Nepalese weavers.

A short 3 minute version is posted on our web site, Full length DVD copies are available to share with anyone interested in the weaving culture of Nepal and the complex process of producing a beautiful hand-made, custom-made carpet.

Congratulations Marilyn from everyone at Lapchi, Hand-made Carpets in Silk and wool.

Creation Ground Media photo - taken for Lapchi video research

For details on Marilyn’s award and the work of Creation Ground Media, see the link provided below. If you would like a copy of the full length DVD of Lapchi, A Tibetan Wool Story, please contact Lapchi Client Services,

Creation Ground Media CEO Marilyn Ritter Named Silicon Valley Woman of Influence.

The Lapchi Tiger Ikat Carpet

October 29, 2010

Lapchi's Tiger Ikat, From the Tribal Category, shown in Seaweed

“It is better to have lived one day as a Tiger, than live a thousand years as a sheep.” – Tibetan Proverb

ELLE DECOR - Site Spotlight October, 2010

Inspired by a rare late 19th century silk Ikat velvet from the Bukhara region of Uzbekistan, Lapchi’s Tiger Ikat, was designated for October’s “Site Spotlight” by the editors of ELLE DECOR.

The Uzbekistani areas of Bukhara and Samarkand were jewels on the famous “Silk Road”, a meandering trans-continental trade route connecting Asia with southern Europe. Tiger Ikat silk velvets may have traditionally originated in China or Russia before the style re-emerged in Bukhara. This distinctive tiger pelt velvet was a “Baghmal”.

Uzbek homes were decorated almost exclusively in textiles with comparatively little furniture. In Central Asia “cloth made the man” as luxury textiles were indicative of social status – the male ruling elite and rich merchant class often used Ikat textiles as gifts in negotiations. Carpets, walls, bolsters, pillows, throws, window and door openings were adorned with layers of patterned Ikat and embroidery. The Chapan, a highly decorative garment, was layered over tunics and trousers, often in sumptuous silk velvet Ikat patterns.

IKAT is a labor intensive multiple step process in which the warp (vertical) and weft threads (horizontal) are dyed and patterned before weaving. The warp threads are stretched over a wood frame and patterned by applying dye resistant layers of wrapped cotton, wax or rice paste to the threads. Layers of  “resist” are applied before each dye bath, protecting the emerging pattern from successive colors. Each time threads are bound and dyed they are replaced on the frame in the same order from left to right to check patterning. The finished threads are then transferred to a loom and woven. The Bukhara Ikat textiles are often “Warp Faced” – warp threads alone are patterned with color. Double Ikat is patterned on both the warp and weft.

Silk Chapan-Rau Collection-V&A Exhibit

Ikat Silk Velvet-Rau Collection-V&A Exhibit

In a technique similar to traditional Tibetan-Nepalese pile weaving, Ikat silk velvets employ a wire and knife cut to form pile height. Two sets of vertical warp threads are traditional. Layered on top of each other on the frame, the first warp layer is a backing and provides structure while the second warp layer is patterned. The patterned warp threads are intentionally longer in length for their height above the structured layer will become the pile.  To raise the pattern warps for pile cutting, a thin wire is inserted between two rows of horizontal width running weft threads during the weaving process.  Every few rows, another wire is inserted with the weft, the rows are battened down, and the raised weft thread loops are cut free from the wire beneath. The velvet pile is formed and a lush and elegant surface is created.

Lapchi’s Ikat designs embody a culture for whom vibrant colors, patterns and a developed textile culture was part of everyday existence.  As 2010 is the year of the Tiger, Lapchi’s Tiger Ikat carpet in particular, offers a timely walk on the wild side….

Ikat Check by Lapchi

Honeycomb by Lapchi

Elle Decor Spotlight-Lapchi’s Oboshi

April 14, 2010
Oboshi Site Spotlight Elle Decor-4.10

Elle Decor selects Lapchi's Oboshi

Elle Decor April 2010

Elle Decor April 2010 Issue

Lapchi’s Oboshi was selected by Elle Decor for the April 2010 issue “Site Spotlight”

We appreciate the mention Thank you!

True to tradition, Oboshi blends the superb dramatic scale of Kabuki and Noh theater design with the silent contemplations of Buddhist meditation.

Lapchi’s Oboshi was derived from a fragment of “Nui Shibori”, a 400 year old Japanese textile tradition of patterning by “resisting” colored dyes through sewing, wrapping and clamping fabric prior to immersion. The labor intensive “Oboshi” technique refers to patterns created by pulling tiny hand picked stitches of cloth around a form. Both are capped before the dye bath, revealing artful patterns of distinction when dried and unfurled.

Spun and woven completely by hand, the Tibetan wools used to produce Oboshi are dyed with subtly color variations along each strand, resulting in a complex nuanced surface. Articulated additions of silk or looped wool pile echo the delicate color variations found in shibori patterned textiles. Both scale and subtlety are juxtaposed within Oboshi, giving the carpet a voice of timeless and provocative style.

Lapchi's Oboshi in Larch

Larch DD1201

Lapchi's Oboshi in Dawn

Dawn YY520

Lapchi's Oboshi in Twilight

Twilight PP113

Oboshi shown in three program colorways of 100 knot wool and 15% to 25% silk.

In Japan art is craft, and craft is art, with no hierarchy of type or form. Thus masterpieces like Oboshi can be found in the silk of a shibori kimono, as well as common implements of life and living. The art of Oboshi Shibori however, can only bloom in a culture and tradition that values a meditative handmade process over production design. With each unique shibori textile, time is surrendered to creation, the outward expression of the artists inner journey.

Oboshi BB570 Gunmetal

Lapchi’s Oboshi performs with grace and daring in environments where the art of living reflects a discerning taste able to see beyond mere surface ornament.

Oboshi is shown in four colorways, but can be customized as an expression of your inner artist.

Lapchi carpets are GoodWeave certified. For information see and

To contact Lapchi Client Services: / 503-239-0080

Lapchi’s Urban Home Outlet December Sale

August 14, 2009

Lapchi’s Urban Home Outlet has been updated with additional archived pieces. During December 3rd – 19th, 2010 we also have a physical presence in Portland, Oregon. The Urban Home Outlet for Lapchi, The Warehouse Gallery, 2nd Floor, 2100 SE 10the Ave, Portland, OR 97214. This exclusive Lapchi seasonal sale is our first Direct to Family and Friends Warehouse Sale. For information on the December sale, contact

Also represented in the Lapchi Artist Gallery are Portland artists Anne Marie Grgich, Shawn Demarest, Kurtiss Loftstrom and Cindy Geffel from December 3rd to the 19th, 2nd Floor of the Lapchi Urban Home Outlet.

For Lapchi clients, if you haven’t visited the Urban Home Outlet for Lapchi online recently, please login to the website and you’ll find the link on your homepage. You’ll have access to this complete inventory to better serve your budget-conscious clients and accommodate those seeking product with immediate availability. This continuously rotating stock can be browsed by pattern, color and size, and features imagery, product specifications and special pricing for clients.

Lapchi Hand-woven Carpets in Silk and Wool

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Sample page - The Lapchi Urban Home Outlet - online, featuring Zarina

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