TELLURIDE – Fine, hand-woven rugs along with lectures and demonstrations from fifth generation rug designer and dealer Conan Brooks will be a part of a three-day sale event in Telluride, July 9-11, that is being hosted by Ridgway-based Palladin interior design and home furnishings.
The event will be held at a vacant Telluride commercial space at135 W. Colorado Ave. and will include hundreds of rugs and runners. The collection will especially feature handmade rugs from Valley of a Thousands Hills, which employs 18th and 19th century weaving and dying techniques to create designs of lasting intrinsic quality and aesthetics that range from original modern to classical Persian designs.
According to Palladin owner Abby Dix, Thousand Hills rugs are hand woven using the highest quality unbleached high mountain Gazni wools, colored with natural and vegetal dyes and then woven by skilled artisans located in the North West Province of Pakistan. Brooks, who is co-coordinator of Valley of a Thousand Hills Natural Dye weaving project in Pakistan, will host a rug lecture and demonstration each evening at 6 p.m.
Brooks’s involvement in the creation of unique quality contemporary carpets with modern and traditional designs has given him knowledge and great respect for the weavers and dye makers who create the rugs. Himself a fifth generation rug dealer trained in London and South Africa, Brooks formed an affinity for collecting rugs during his early teens. Since then he has committed himself to the collecting and exhibition of tribal arts in general as well as collating a documented art history in the field of tribal rugs.
Dix met Brooks after he relocated his home from New York City to Taos, New Mex. Ever since, she has been “very honored” to represent one of the only shops in the region to carry rugs made and designed by Valley of a Thousand Hills.
“We have hosted demonstrations with him in the past and it was really fascinating,” Dix said of Brooks’s upcoming lectures. “I really want to have the finest rugs in our shop and I feel Palladin is so fortunate to carry rugs of this caliber.”
Not only are the naturally made rugs a perfect addition to any living space, buying one also brings peace of mind. The Valley of a Thousand Hills Weaving Project provides employment for close to 300 weavers and supports a village of 2,500 in Pakistan. The project also enables displaced weavers, dye-masters and their families to begin the process of resettling back into areas of war-torn Afghanistan. A portion of the proceeds from next week’s sale in Telluride will go back toward the Thousand Hills project.
“It is really neat to be able to offer the great quality and history of these family heirlooms,” Dix said.
Along with the hundreds of rugs that will be available at the Telluride event, a number of locally-made modern rustic furniture pieces and other home furnishings will be included in the sale. Whatever is leftover will be brought back to Ridgway by Dix, who will continue the sale at her Palladin showroom at 610 Clinton St.
“We try to have the best quality for the best value,” Dix said.
For more information on the three-day sale, Valley of a Thousand Hills rugs or Brooks, call 626-2500 or email email@example.com.