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    The Afghanistan Rug Project

    Posted by Larry Stone on June 30, 2015 in Breaking Bread

    James Opie

    Weaving Threads of Hope

    Intrigued by the temporary nature of projects and coupled with the destruction of war, I asked Jim to tell us more about the Afghanistan Rug Project. I felt as though this too would end and I wanted to know more. We sat down in L.A. in the Spring of 2015 and Jim elaborated on the project.

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    Presenting a Colorful Collection of Afghanistan Rugs

    Posted by Larry Stone on June 30, 2015 in Featured Rug Collections

    The James Opie Rug Collection

    At first glance, these handmade rugs might seem ordinarily beautiful. But, to the collector or Oriental rug dealer they quickly grab your attention, and hold it. Because rugs of this quality are costly to produce, we do not often find such treasures of textile in the markets today. The cost comes from labor intensive demands to produce carpets with such character in color and fine detailed design. They require a lot of time and very skilled weavers who are...

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    Nabi a Story by Author James Opie

    Posted by Janie Viehman on June 29, 2015 in Breaking Bread

    A Treasured Tale from Travels in Afghanistan

    I met Nabi, a nine-year-old street urchin, in Afghanistan’s northwestern capital, Herat, in 1975.  By day, Nabi kept company with anyone who would pay or feed him, especially visiting foreigners, including rug dealers like me.  His local network must have included staff members at my hotel, as he knew an American was there, even before he saw me.  He waited outside the hotel during my first morning in Herat and called to me as I walked down the...

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    Elisabeth Reed Designs Moose Lodge in Arrowhead, Colorado

    Posted by Janie Viehman on June 17, 2015 in Featured Projects

    Reed Design Group Creates a Textural Retreat

    Overlooking the slopes of Arrowhead resides a 14,000 square-foot home so spectacular that it looks more like a lodge than a residence – which is exactly why the owners have deemed it “Moose Lodge.” Also, moose happen to be their favorite animal.

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    Elizabeth Basso Designs a Colorful Home in Buffehr Creek

    Posted by Janie Viehman on June 10, 2015 in Featured Projects

    Basso Interiors Creates Farmhouse-Style Decor 

    Located in Buffehr Creek, the spacious three-bedroom, three and a half bath home features beautiful views of Vail Mountain and belongs to a second homeowner who grew up skiing on the mountain that she can see from her home. Although the homeowner resides in San Francisco full-time, she worked closely with Vail interior designer, Elizabeth Basso of Basso Interiors to complete the project, which deeply reflects the client’s personal ease of style....

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    Topics: Featured Projects