Congratulations! Atelier Lapchi – Ohio Design Centre Market Day 2011

September 27, 2011

September 22nd, 2011.

The 30th Anniversary of the Ohio Design Centre – And the day Atelier Lapchi, Cleveland won for “Best Tasting Cake” in the Let Us Eat Cake contest! Congratulations to Thom Capretta, Showroom Manager, and Sasha Goldstein, Lapchi National Sales Director, and to the staff of the Ohio Design Centre on a great turnout and a wonderful design day.

Atelier Lapchi's winning cake from Phyllis Lester Designs

In honor of the Ohio Design Centre’s 30th, each showroom teamed with a local baker to present a cake during the Fall Market Day events.

Atelier Lapchi paired up with Phyllis Lester, a lovely & highly acclaimed Ohio cake designer, who created a three layer, sinfully rich Black Forest Cake, with Chocolate Mousse filling and Italian Meringue butter cream frosting. Phyllis borrowed the graceful Quill pattern from Lapchi’s André Arbus Design Collection for the exterior, but wowed the crowded Atelier showroom judging with her award-winning cake.

The only way to top the cake was to spend the afternoon with Thom and Sasha as they spoke about Lapchi and the creation of the André Arbus Collection on display in Atelier Lapchi.

An icon of French 20th c. design, Arbus re-defined the traditional language of the French decorative arts in a clean, stylized manner. Trained within a family heritage of fine furniture manufacturing, Arbus further extended his personal interests and education to include interior design, architecture, and landscape. Maybe even cake……

For more information on André Arbus, Lapchi and our collection of both iconic and inspired interpretations of his design archives, please visit or contact your local Atelier Lapchi showroom.

For information on fabulous cakes in the Ohio region, please contact Phyllis Lester,

And if you would like to read more and see more of the cakes designed and enjoyed during the ODC Fall Market, link to – a design blog written by Lisa M. Smith of Interior Design Factory, Ltd. who provided wonderful photos of her favorite cakes – which we thank her for (see link below).

Let us Eat Cake at the Ohio Design Center’s Market Day 2011


Lapchi is a member of GoodWeave, an organization dedicated to ending illegal child labor in the carpet industry and offering educational opportunities to children in South Asia. For information on Lapchi and our network of Ateliers, please visit

Thom Capretta, Manager, Atelier Lapchi, the Ohio Design Centre
Lapchi Arbus-Quil

Lapchi's Quill from the Arbus Collection

Suite 103, 23533 Merchantile Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122 – 216.360.0104

Atelier Lapchi, Design Chicago, Fall 2011

September 27, 2011

Fall in the Great Lakes is a beautiful time of the year. Crisp mornings, autumnal tree displays and Design Chicago all manifest in the month of October.

Atelier Lapchi Open House – Join Nathan, Iwona and Catrina during Design Chicago in the Merchandise Mart. On display – the Lapchi André Arbus Design Collection and our new Répertoire Collection.

Attendees will receive two complimentary raffle tickets for André Arbus: Architecte-Décorateur des Années 40 by Yvonne Bunhammer, an inspiring compendium of the Arbus legacy to be raffled at 5pm on Friday, October 14th.

Atelier Lapchi's Book Raffle Prize

Atelier Lapchi – Design Chicago Open House: Suite 6-160, Oct. 12th-14th, 9am-5pm. House-made tea breads served with coffee and tea. Contact:, 312.321.0090, in the Merchandise Mart, Chicago


Returning to Atelier Lapchi from its New York premier, is the André Arbus Design Collection. An icon of 20th c. French interiors, André Arbus re-defined the traditional language of the French decorative arts in a clean, graphic, stylized manner.

Lapchi - Arbus NYICS Premier

The Répertoire Collection by Lapchi is a luxurious series of designs in tonal colors and subtle textures. It addresses the designers desire for abstract organics, twills, and linear patterns that express movement over the rug surface. Woven in Tibetan wool and fine silk, Répertoire Collection designs can be completely customized.

From the Lapchi Répertoire Collection - Modified Ikat


What is Design Chicago? The Interior Design Educational Conference at The Merchandise Mart, was created to educate and inspire residential interior designers. Seminars highlighting color trends, new wall covering techniques and financial management for design firms as well as new product launches in residential showrooms dominate the agenda.


Lapchi continues to support GoodWeave in its efforts to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. For more information,visit


For information on Lapchi, our philosophy and products, please visit

Lapchi’s “Quick-Ship” Carpet Program

September 26, 2011

Custom “Bespoke” hand-made carpets are the core of Lapchi’s brand and focus. A completely hand-made custom carpet consisting of millions of individually tied knots of Tibetan wool and fine silk simply takes time to conceive and weave. There are no shortcuts.

Lapchi recognizes that many of our design clients assume responsibility for projects that require shorter delivery times. We created the “Quick-Ship” Program to help designers compete for this business without sacrificing quality and beauty.

We originally committed to having twenty-two of our most popular “made-to-measure” carpet designs available or on-loom in order to shorten fulfillment times. Updated recently, we will be adding two carpets from our newest collection, the Lapchi André Arbus Design Collection to the Quick-Ship program based on their popularity.

It’s the impossible, delivered: A Lapchi or Texere, indistinguishable in quality from the fully customized, woven-to-order carpets we are famous for; in your client’s space in a fraction of the time. Small thumbnail photos follow as an on-line reference for our 2011 program recommendations.

Alpujara, Anthemion, Arrowroot & Aurora. In Pearl, Oak, Stone, Terra Cotta & Frost

Bamboo, Belle Leaves, Broad Leaf, Chevron & Feathered. In Silver, Mushroom, Porcelain, Pearl & Moonstone

Jardan, Mirage, Mosaic, Nebulous & Playa. In Silica, White Poplin, Steel, Dusty & Lettuce

Renaissance, Sash, Satori & Sutra. In Sea Glass/Ocean, Range Brown, Wheat, Range Brown & Ginger

Thalia & Victoria. In Frosted Green & Foggy

When a project could be perfected by placing a standard sized 8′ x 10,’ 9′ x 12,’ or 10′ x 14′ carpet in a design color way from our “Quick-Ship” program, check on availability, weaving and shipping schedules by contacting your local Lapchi Client Showroom (for listings:

Lapchi Carpets are GoodWeave Certified. GoodWeave is working to end illegal child labor in the carpet  industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. Visit www.goodweave .org

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

Rosemary – Simple and Elegant in Appearance

July 26, 2010

Continuing with our series in which we explore various applications of Lapchi carpets in today’s home furnishing environments, this month we turn our attention to Rosemary, a Transitional Botanical pattern.

The aromatic herb rosemary has been associated with the Greek Goddess Mnemosyne and through her, the human rituals of life, death, rebirth and memory. In the age before the written word, Mnemosyne’s gift to mankind was to name everything in the world, enabling collective reasoning, recognition of the past, the present, and the memory of all.

The Greek name Rosmarinus means “dew of the sea.” The Goddess Aphrodite, a personification of love, beauty, rapture and the mother of all living beings, rose from the sea adorned by a wreath of rosemary and myrtle. Because of this mythical association, rosemary was considered an aphrodisiac, traditionally worked into bridal wreaths, strewn about as a carpet for every nuptial pair, and planted by newly wed couples as a good omen. If you were tapped by a flowering rosemary sprig, true love would be yours.

In England, churches were adorned with rosemary in honor of the divine ability to protect and save one from evil. Rosemary sprigs were placed under pillows to prevent nightmares and hung in doorways and windows to safeguard homes. The narrative “Rose of Mary” tells of Mary being sheltered by a rosemary bush while escaping into Egypt.  Mary threw her cape over the white flowers of rosemary turning them blue – a color forever associated with Mary.

Like the plant is so gracefully represents, Lapchi’s Rosemary simple and elegant in appearance, is more than just a decorative surface, it is a part of a cultural heritage made visible.

Transitional Botanicals

A visual spark is created when objects and design influences from divergent places or historical influences are brought together.

The term “Transitional Design” can be applied to individual objects, as well as the juxtaposition of two provocative objects in space. To design in a “transitional” manner is to be able to see contemporary possibilities in the traditional, rewriting history with fresh eyes. Transitional carpets and transitional decor blend and contrast the time honored and the contemporary, shifting the visual ingredients to balance elements of the past and present equally.

The Lapchi botanical patterns Arrowroot, Belle Leaves, Thalia and Rosemary have roots in the past. Freshly interpreted by Lapchi, they bring transitional qualities to classically inspired interiors.

Within contemporary interiors, botanical Transitional patterns provide serene and subtle organic contrast to edgy or geometric furnishings.

Lapchi Transitional Botanicals Arrowroot, Thalia, Belle Leaves and Rosemary

Lapchi and Tibetan Wool – Breathtakingly Beautiful Carpets

July 1, 2010

Wool is the strand connecting Lapchi’s lush and sophisticated floor coverings to the vast open plain of the high Tibetan plateau.

Highly prized for its luster, tensile strength and elasticity, Tibetan wool comes from a place and people attuned to the land and the herds of livestock that sustain them. Tibetan wool is the life of the Dropka. These approximately two million semi-nomadic people roam their sheep in an area famously called “the Roof of the World”.

The inhospitable altitude and frigid temperature of the plateau, some 4000 meters above sea level, eliminates crop cultivation as a means of support, but provides extensive grazing land – one of the largest on the earth. In response to a beautiful but harsh climate, Tibetan wool is a miracle of strength and wear – a fibrous protein of high-luster, long-staple strands with thick shafts, and crimps and waves which aid in spinning while helping to keep spun wool twisted tight.  Sheep lanolin, a greasy water-resistant barrier that breathes as it hydrates, coats the overlapping serrated scales of the wool strands, adding sheen and softness to Tibetan wool carpets.

Herds are valued, protected and cared-for, not a product of commercial animal farms. Sheep are sheared twice a year and the “living” wool of many colors is taken to the wool traders. While wool is a naturally non-toxic, biodegradable, and chemically neutral fiber, Tibetan wools are not certified as “organic” by the Organic Trade Association as this would require testing of soil throughout the immense plateau.

Wool absorbs dye color into its core beautifully, but feels dry to the touch in moist weather. Spills bead on the surface, there is no static build-up; it’s a fabulous insulating layer, a wonderful sound absorber, odor resistant, and slightly antibacterial.  More dramatically, wool ignites at a higher temperature than plant fibers and synthetics, has low heat release, low “flame spread”, and is self extinguishing with less smoke and toxic gas emitted than alternatives.

Large pile carpet making is not part of the nomadic migratory tradition, but tents, clothing, storage bags and household needs are woven from sheep, yak and goat hairs and are integral to survival. Traditionally men spin the wool, while women weave cloth and small carpets for tents, flooring, saddle pads and horse blankets. Each group of Dropka maintains ties with communities living at lower altitudes in order to sell their wools and purchase supplies such as barley.

In choosing to use Tibetan wool, Lapchi weaves fine design, craftsmanship, and the natural world of a traditional nomadic herding culture into breathtakingly beautiful carpets for your clients.

Lapchi - All Wool Detail - Anthemion, Pebble and Honeycomb

Photograpy: Thanks to Michael Jones, Kerry Smith and Mani Lama

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