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

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

Lapchi’s Satori – Enlightening

June 3, 2010

Lapchi's Satori - Extraordinary in Agean Green

Adapted from an 18th c. painted silk textile, Lapchi’s Satori reflects the western world’s fascination in the 1700’s with the cultures of Japan, China, and the fabled Coromandel Coast of southeast India.

With its blossom filled tendrils capturing all manner of flowers on a single stem, Lapchi’s “Satori” is a cultural hybrid, one part European rococo to one part Eastern “tree of life”. With the addition of an elegant border from an 18th century “polonaise” over-skirt, Satori represents not just a botanical frivolity but also an enclosed garden of Asia, a “heaven on earth”. The word “Satori” is the Japanese Buddhist term for the illuminating moment of enlightened awareness, when the true nature of existence is revealed and there is no separation between self and the universe.

Interior replete with Chintz

The lure of the “East” changed the perception of the decorative arts for Europeans.  Architecture, interior decoration and textiles all became tinged with the glow of the imagined “Orient”. Soon it was chic to sip tea from porcelain cups, in rooms of curious Chinese wallpapers while clad in silks blooming with huge flowers and insects not found in one’s own garden. Charming and exuberant, the new style trumped dreary facts in favor of the frivolous and fantastical. The new “chinoiserie”, a fanciful and impressionistic pastiche of Asian esthetics, enthusiastically frosted every available surface with a riot of rococo charm.

Madame de Pompadour - National Gallery in London

India and China produced silks hand painted in glowing floral patterns similar to Satori, each yard of silk a complete work of art. Painted silks became essential for the opulent clothing and home furnishings of the royal courts and the fashion conscious beau monde.  So popular were these painted and blocked chintzes, that European industry forced restrictions and tariffs on all imports in an effort to protect local industries – to no avail.  Fashion conquered all, and patterns like Satori proved irresistible.  One of the most powerful women in Europe of the time, Madame de Pompadour, Louis the XV’s trend setting mistress, commissioned a portrait by the artist Francois-Herbert Drouais while posing in a silk gown painted “a la Satori”. The beautiful portrait of Madame de Pompadour hangs in the National Gallery in London.

Flower Power for Everyone

The western world would playfully reinterpret the indigenous patterns of precious eastern textiles for themselves, thus starting a mirror game of design and adaptation between cultures. The result is a vast library of elegant patterns, and refined taste that has endured for hundreds of years.

Lapchi’s Satori will bloom in an aesthetic state of grace while covering the floors of those who appreciate and cultivate beauty’s truest meaning.

Lapchi's Satori - Agean Green, Wheat, Range Brown - 150 knot, 35% silk

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