The Colorful Carpet Life

April 6, 2013

According to the Frog “It Ain’t Easy Being Green” ….

Many of our clients, or creatives we admire, have developed their own signature palettes. The work they create, and the colors they choose, make or made them, distinctive and recognizable. An individual personality’s artistic vision has often projected itself onto contemporary culture, going on to effect market trends.

Lapchi's Feathered Carpet - Glass Objects by Esque

Lapchi’s Feathered Carpet – Glass Objects by Esque

The connection between color and commerce is nothing new, but is always fascinating to observe.  Color change is a major player in making what we own feel obsolete, and what we are offered feel like a “must have”. The zeitgeist in product design is that perfect combination of what is familiar enough to be accessible, but “new” enough to excite and define. It’s the Pavlovian response made commercial, and that is big business.

Development of color samples from projects

Client color samples. Finished carpets will be certified by

Although not immune to the siren call of mass-market taste and consumption, Lapchi developed its color palette range at the service of our individual clients vision, through their bespoke design commissions or a select custom product line. Using our small pot dying method, color can be altered and reinvented as needed, expressing exactly the pulse of the client or project.

Lapchi's Anthemion - Scaled and Colored for Drama

Lapchi’s Anthemion – scaled and colored for drama

As a result, the Lapchi color box is more similar to an artist palette than a hardware paint chart or an industry standard color range. We dye the color as we envision it so our palette is endless. A much-heralded color such as Pantone Emerald Green #17-5641 therefore can be as subtly varied as actual emeralds are.

A second variation - Mirage in Apple Green

Variation – Mirage in Apple Green

Pile heights & silk will vary color perception in a room

Pile heights & silk will vary color perception in a room

Like bijoux, silk highlights a traditional pattern

Like bijoux, silk highlights a traditional pattern

Colors are prismatic words. They express all the emotion and veracity that spoken words and music do, because they are just as powerful. Color can be the element to take us back through time. It can spark our every emotion, or challenge us to understand the complex nature between what we perceive and select. Color can reflect how we feel, and communicate what we wish others to perceive about us. It is our identity outwardly manifest or a bloom to enrich a single life.

With Custom, Range of Color & Design Samples Are Endless

A range of color and design samples from clients

Lapchi Carpets are hand-woven works of enduring beauty, with patterns derived from centuries of Art, Design and Culture. Lapchi reliably delivers products of unsurpassed quality, utilizing a sustainable process which respects the materials and honors the lives of the people who make them. For information on our Atelier Lapchi Showrooms and Select Lapchi Dealers – See us online at
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. Please visit

Milton Glaser for Lapchi

July 20, 2012

Lapchi paired with the Santa Monica Museum of Art to launch the world premier exhibition of  Milton Glaser for Lapchi: An Exploration of Pattern Making and Color Effects in Textiles.


Milton Glaser for Lapchi: An Exploration of Pattern Making and Color Effects in Textiles

This special exhibition of carpets graced SMMoA’s main gallery from March 23 -29, and treated Los Angeles to a rare look at a venerated American artist, reaching new heights in a new medium.

The Milton Glaser for Lapchi Carpet Collection is very much a refection of the artist – a celebratory visual portrait of interest and enthusiasm woven in silk and wool. Lapchi hand wove sixteen of Mr. Glaser’s striking patterns, for the first time expressing this ground braking artist’s vision in luxurious and nuanced textile surfaces. This is a numbered, limited edition line of fine art carpets – a joyous meditation on form color and perception.

Applique – Handwoven in Tibetan wool by Lapchi

Inspirations range from Viennese Art Nouveau, celestial and geometric musings, to exuberant floral collages and mystical tantric mandalas. The color palettes and combinations are both fearless and subtly rich, and, like a fine art painting – each color was custom mixed by Lapchi in Nepal for this collection.  Employing Lapchi’s arsenal of weaving, dying and finishing techniques, Milton Glaser for Lapchi is a compendium of exacting details and luxury fiber, pitched to the service of cutting edge design.

GoodWeave Certified production

Milton Glaser is perhaps most widely recognized as the creator of such culturally graphic icons as: the “I (Heart) NY”, the Bob Dylan 1967 Greatest Hits psychedelic graphic, the cover artwork for Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer prize winning play “Angels in America” and the signature brand logo for Trump Vodka. Mr.
Glaser founded New York Magazine, and created the interior design scheme for the Rainbow Room in New York’ s Rockefeller Plaza along with lifetime spent designing hundreds of graphic and commercial arts projects, architectural schemes, logos, teaching, and writing numerous books. He is considered one of the most influential and renowned creative’s working in the world today.

Milton Glaser in his studio, New York

The Santa Monica Museum of Art is nestled in Southern California’s largest art gallery and cultural complex. Visionary director Elsa Longhauser enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to display Milton Glaser’s ground breaking new collection, and rescheduled two established exhibitions to make it happen. Milton Glaser, as a tribute to SMMOA and the exhibition, designed a new logo font that Lapchi wove and presented to Elsa Longhauser at the gala opening.


Lapchi, Milton Glaser and SMMOA is a formidable triumvirate of taste, talent, and expansive vision. The exhibition did not disappoint, and the galleries were full of designers, artists and art lovers.

The collaboration with Milton is the kind of creative endeavor that makes Lapchi a preeminent hand woven custom carpet company. To conceive, launch and realize a collection of this caliber and scope is not only exciting and exceptional, but is also speaks of a company wide belief in furthering artistic growth and cultural exploration. The Milton Glaser for Lapchi Collection is about reaching beyond and elevating the commercial, to a relevant and inspirational level.

Milton Collection on display in Atelier Lapchi, Portland

The Milton Glaser for Lapchi Collection is in Atelier Lapchi, Portland, Oregon, for July and August.  Primary color ways of all 16 designs are on display until September when the collection travels to New York. Included is Fruits of Labor, designed by Milton in honor of the work of in exposing child labor in the rug business, a fundamental concern of both Lapchi and our clients.

Milton Glaser for Lapchi in Portland summer show

Thursday evening, July 19th, Atelier Lapchi with Gray Magazine, Eastside Distilling and the PBDA, hosts the design community in it’s own personal exploration of this unique collection. Joining the Portland host team is Andrew Neave, Lapchi Artistic Director and co-manager of Lapchi’s Los Angeles Showroom who worked with Mr. Glaser in the interpretations of his graphic and artistic choices.

The collection is available “to order” at Atelier Lapchi showrooms in Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Portland, and this fall through select Lapchi Private Client Showrooms across the US. for information

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