Alternatives to oriental rug repair

Because we can offer custom rugs for a low price, some clients have opted to simply replace worn, heavily soiled, or damaged area rugs.  Rather than pay for professional rug cleaning, or in cases where water damage, pets, or other damage has rendered rug repair either extremely costly or unviable, take the opportunity to create a new rug to your exact specifications.  You can compliment your existing rugs and enjoy having a brand new product.

Using techniques we perfected recreating ancient museum quality rug designs, you can submit photos of your existing rugs and we will have our design department digitize them to use in our 3D Custom Design Studio.   Here is an example of a rug design one of our clients submitted to us.  They had existing rugs in their recreation vehicle that had become damaged.  Not only did we recreate their design, we were able to make more sections of the rug customizable so they were able to design their new rug to be even more complimentary than the original.

Here is the original rug:

notice stains that were unable to remove form professional rug cleaning.

Notice the stains that were unable to be removed by professional rug cleaning.

Working off this image we were able to able to recreate the design, while also making the triangles in the center field separate from the inner border color, allowing our client to add another accent color of their preference.  Here’s a link to this rug loaded into our 3D Custom Design Studio so you can try your hand experimenting with different color combinations and schemes over various flooring.

Using our proprietary technology and professional industry software we’re able to create a virtual rendering of their new design, complete with textures for wool and sculpting techniques (silk, cut or loop pile, and other techniques are also able to be virtualized before weaving begins).

Created from client submitted photos

Created from client submitted photos, virtual digital image (created before weaving).

Once the final design was approved these clients also took this opportunity to try an alternate color scheme that actually worked better with their decor, (an option not available when they bought their original stock rug).  The final rugs compliment their decor beautifully, the darker color palette will wear better, and the small turquoise accents make all the difference.  All our rugs are made with either Himalayan or New Zealand wool which contain high lanolin levels that function as a natural stain guard.  You can use commercially available stain guard products as well.

Here are a few installation photos of the rugs in their RV, we love the way the brown pops against the faux stone floor, the tans compliment the burl-wood cabinets, and the turquoise pulls from the small accents of turquoise found in their decor.  (The palm tree makes us wish we were in a warmer clime’ as well.  At this moment we’re fast approaching the end of ski season here in Aspen and it’s time again to see some green and have sand between our toes!)

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Contact Us if you would like to learn more about our unique business model, Custom Design Studio, or if you have a rug project of your own you would like to work on.

Brian Harris
COO

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High Country Rugs is a U.S. based company (Aspen and Vail, Colorado) that provides luxe rugs from the ancient silk road.  We have no retail store, showroom, or stock rugs.  We only deal in custom designs, and as such we are able to provide exactly what you need for less than the competition.  Each of our 200+ designs online can be recolored using over 600 colors in real time in our professional-grade online Custom Design Studio.  We can also manipulate our designs or work off user submitted designs, as we like to say, “Your Imagination is the Only Limitation”.

Our online 3D Custom Design Studio allows you to change colors to match your palette, try alternate color schemes over various types of flooring, and adjust knot count and fringe options in real time.  You can also see prices change in real time if you adjust your sizes.  Clicking on the save icon on the right will allow you to export your custom rug to a .jpg file to use in any rendering software.  We created this software specifically for interior designers so you can create a coordinated line of rugs in minutes.  Our rugs have been placed in 5 star hotels and resorts and million dollar estates.

DIY Online Custom Interior Design a/k/a Pimp My RV

This one’s admittedly a little outside the box, but a great example of how to use our proprietary technology in new and exciting ways.

One of our clients used us to help recreate some damaged rugs that were in their RV.  After using our online 3D Custom Design Studio, they liked it so much they asked us if we could help them with a larger project.  They weren’t happy with their paint scheme on their RV and wanted to try new color schemes.  Being true to our word that “Your Imagination is the Only Limitation” we put our design department to task.  By using the same techniques we employ to recreate ancient oriental rugs found in museums, we were able to accurately reproduce a digital rendering of his RV in our system.

Click here or on the photo itself to try it out for yourself!

High Country Rugs Custom Design Studio

Custom RV paint project

It may look a little odd overlaid against a wood floor, but it’s a great way to try out hundreds of different color combinations, just as you can with our standard custom area rug designs.  This is also a great example of our premium design services, allowing us to import client submitted artwork to easily manipulate it into anything you can imagine.

Another great technique is to simplify a design by applying the same color to multiple layers.  This effectively “hides” layers allowing you to highlight a certain element, or make a busy design more subdued for more refined applications.

Watch our video “Something From Nothing” below.  It’s essentially a reverse of the process described above.   By applying the same color to every layer we start out with a solid color rug.  One by one each layer is assigned a different color and the image almost “magically” emerges.

Please contact us if you have any questions about our Custom Design Studio, custom rug products, or how we can help with any design projects you are working on.  We guarantee we offer the lowest prices for comparable products, and our premium hand knotted rugs will last for generations.

High Country Rugs is a U.S. based company (Aspen and Vail, Colorado) that provides luxe rugs from the ancient silk road.  We have no retail store, showroom, or stock rugs.  We only deal in custom designs, and as such we are able to provide exactly what you need for less than the competition.  Each of our 200+ designs online can be recolored using over 600 colors in real time in our professional-grade online Custom Design Studio.  We can also manipulate our designs or work off user submitted designs, as we like to say, “Your Imagination is the Only Limitation”.
Our online 3D Custom Design Studio allows you to change colors to match your palette, try alternate color schemes over various types of flooring, and adjust knot count and fringe options in real time.  You can also see prices change in real time if you adjust your sizes.  Clicking on the save icon on the right will allow you to export your custom rug to a .jpg file to use in any rendering software.  We created this software specifically for interior designers so you can create a coordinated line of rugs in minutes.  Our rugs have been placed in 5 star hotels and resorts and million dollar estates.
Brian Harris
COO

What is an Agra rug?

Agra is a city in Northern India, best known for being the location of the Taj Mahal.  Agra was the capital of the Moghul dynasty which reached its golden age in culture, architecture and carpet weaving during the 16th and 17th centuries. Around 1850, an organized structure of workshops was established in Agra, weaving large rugs which were designed with all over floral patterns. Agra rugs today tend to use New Zealand wool and the Persian knot to create a large-scale floral patterns with wide borders. With inspiration from Persian and Afghan motifs, Agra rugs tend to inflate the scale of the more intricate patterns of their neighbors. While Agra rugs mostly have scrolling floral designs, a diagonal tiled motif is also iconic for the area.  Below are two examples of antique rugs from Agra.

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Visit HighCountryRugs.com to see a variety of traditional and modern designs or contact us for more information.

 

How to Create Custom Rug Designs in Photoshop

For one of our more interesting projects, our client wanted rugs in a multiple rooms, but wanted them all related.  Following below is just an example of is possible using basic photoshop techniques (crop, mask, copy, paste, transform) working off just 1 design.

Remember, because we allow you to color everything online (650 options per color layer), a simple 3 color design can become over 274,000,000 ( n) different designs without any of the manipulations below.  Your imagination is the only Limitation.

(click on any image to enlarge)

Here is the original custom area rug pattern we started with (Isfahan):

Custom are rug pattern from High Country Rugs, Isfahan

(Premium textured images are available upon request)

Recolored to fit the color scheme of the project: (available for FREE on http://www.HighCountryRugs.com)

Custom are rug pattern Isfahan, custom colored for client project

Bookends (center pattern is mirrored left to right, then top to bottom):

Custom area rug pattern, bookend mirror image of center field

Center Only (border is removed, leaving only the center field):

Custom area rug pattern using center field only

(Premium textured images are available upon request)

Medallion (only the middle of the center field is used):

Custom area rug pattern, center medallion only

Center Repeat (previous design is repeated three times):

Custom area rug pattern, triple repeat of center medallion

Border Only:

Custom area rug pattern using border only

Corners Only (from center field):

Custom area rug pattern using center field corners only

Linear with Border (Large Scale – “dithered” resolution is resolved in the weaving process):Large scale linear custom area rug pattern with borders

Linear with Border (Medium Scale):

Medium scale linear custom area rug pattern with borders

Linear without Border (Small Scale):

Linear custom area rug pattern without border

Random (custom paintbrush effect):

Random pattern paintbrush effect on custom area rug

Odd Shaped Custom Area Rugs (Pay special attention to how the pattern joins in the corners):

Odd shaped rug, curved edge

Customizing colors is available for FREE in our Custom Design Studio on www.HighCountryRugs.com.  Many of the above patterns can be made with minimal experience in a program like Photoshop.  Obviously some designs require more work than others, but just contact us (Facebook, Twitter, comment below, or call (213) 536-RUGS) to inquire about our bespoke design services.

About High Country Rugs:

High Country Rugs provides luxury custom area rugs and has created a free (professional grade) interior design tool to help complete virtual renderings, concepts, or mood boards.  Simply go to www.HighCountryRugs.com, select a rug, and click “customize”.  This will bring you into our design studio where you can change colors to match your palette or simplify the design.  You can also see prices change in real time if you adjust your sizes (the website shows retail prices).  Clicking on the save icon on the right will allow you to export your custom rug to a .jpg to use in any software or website.   Hand tufted rugs are perfect for Hospitality project price points, and our hand knotted rugs will last for generations to come.  Our rugs have been placed in 5 star hotels and resorts and million dollar estates.
-Brian Payntar Harris
COO
High Country Rugs

How to create luxury custom wall to wall carpet? a/k/a Pimp My G6

Some of our clients have inquired if we can provide custom wall to wall carpets in addition to our custom area rugs.  The simple answer is of course, Yes!  We’ve helped design everything from a 20′ x 30′ rug inlaid into a marble floor, to custom installations for aircraft and luxury yachts.

This example uses our Quadratile pattern with luxurious natural silk inlays (in the black areas).  Our rugs hand-knotted in Nepal are guaranteed to be of the finest available in the world:

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First select a pattern that is more repetitive rather than programmatic or traditional.  ModernDamask, and Contemporary are good categories of ours to work off of.  Next, use our Custom Design Studio to design your rug pattern in the colors of our project.  Click the save button to export a .jpg of your design.  Working in your preferred rendering or design program (Photoshop, SketchUp, or any CAD program) import your custom design.  Scale it to fit the space and work to make sure the repeat is not visible.

When designing custom rugs for installations it’s easiest to use a pattern that does not have a border, and measure your rug about 3 inches bigger on each side that you actually need.  This will allow for trimming and a tight installation.

Of course, let us know if you need any help making you rug fit perfectly in your space.

Using our software (a first for our industry) you can make a rendering for client review in just a few minutes, and know you will be able to provide exactly the product your client approves.

About High Country Rugs:

High Country Rugs provides luxury custom area rugs and features a free professional grade interior design 3D tool perfect to help complete renderings, concepts, or mood boards.  Simply go to www.HighCountryRugs.com, select a rug, and click “customize”.  This will bring you into our design studio where you can change colors to match your palette or simplify the design.  You can also see prices change in real time if you adjust your sizes (the website shows retail prices).  Clicking on the save icon on the right will allow you to export your custom rug to a .jpg to use in any software or website.   Our rugs have been placed in 5 star hotels and resorts and million dollar estates.

-Brian Payntar Harris

COO

High Country Rugs

Color is Everything & Color Harmony: Using ARS colors for Hospitality Interior Design

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We’re very excited to announce that we’re now using the popular ARS wool color reference system to create custom area rugs.  Preferred by interior design professionals over all other systems, this change will allow our Hospitality clients to spec multiple rugs for different projects and be sure their final colors will match as closely as our real-time price quotes.  (Prices shown online are retail for our hand knotted products.  Please inquire about tufted prices, ideal for Hospitality projects.)

Having your own ARS set in your office (purchase price will be deducted from your first order) can expedite the manufacturing process, allowing our weavers to begin working on your custom designs even faster than before.  We have completed this transition throughout our website, all our products are now visible online using ARS colors in our example color schemes.
Our Free 3D Custom Design Studio also features the complete ARS 600 (found on pages 2-11) now as well.  Our “HCR” color numbers have been adjusted to directly match the corresponding ARS number.  If you do not already have an ARS set in your office, we can loan you one of our cases (no charge for 1 week) for projects in the final stages of design approvals.  Be sure to also subscribe to our blog so you will get future updates including reference charts matching ARS colors to other popular color palettes.  Email us with specific requests, we can also match colors (virtually or manually) and let you know which screen color correspond.
We’re obviously very excited about this change, every design you create will look more true to life, you have 1000s of new combinations to try, and the color hues are really beautiful.  To the untrained eye the colors may appear the same, however upon close inspection you can see hundreds of subtle variations.  (click on the photo, then click again to expand into a larger image) This makes all the difference in achieving perfect color harmony in your own custom hospitality or residential design projects.
Screen matching colors is almost exact when viewed on a calibrated monitor (or any Apple monitor).  Our Custom Design Studio is Flash based, which is currently not supported on iOS devices.
Please visit our site or return once again and see how beautiful the new colors are to work with.  Try your hand at making your own design and pin it to Pinterest to join our contest and win prizes and discounts too!
About High Country Rugs:
High Country Rugs provides luxury custom area rugs and features a free professional grade interior design 3D tool perfect to help complete renderings, concepts, or mood boards.  Simply go to www.HighCountryRugs.com, select a rug, and click “customize”.  This will bring you into our design studio where you can change colors to match your palette or simplify the design.  You can also see prices change in real time if you adjust your sizes (the website shows retail prices).  Clicking on the save icon on the right will allow you to export your custom rug to a .jpg to use in any software or website.   Our rugs have been placed in 5 star hotels and resorts and million dollar estates.
Happy Coloring!
-Brian Payntar Harris
COO

Lena Blonsky Home

High Country Rugs is pleased to announce a new partnership with accomplished rug designer, Lena Blonsky.  Born in London to Greek and Russian parents, Lena is truly an international woman of mystery and a world traveller.  Her extensive experience in different countries and cultures comes through in the warmth and variety of her designs.  While she has a solid education and career in interior design, her passion for artistic creativity has evolved into a calling to make functional art for the home.  High Country Rugs is proud to be able to collaborate with a professional artist with such talent and vision.  Visit HighCountryRugs.com to see Lena’s new works, and stay tuned for more designs to come.

 

Jason Leach

CEO

www.HighCountryRugs.com

970-379-3225