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    Michaelian & Kohlberg Partners with US Department of Defense

    Posted by Janie Viehman on June 18, 2014 in Featured Rug Collections

    Teddy Sumner of M&K is working towards Revitilizing Afghanistan Rug Weaving Practices

    Known as an innovator of the rug industry, Michaelian & Kohlberg (M&K) founder Frank Michaelian traveled extensively through what is now Pakistan and throughout Afghanistan and Iran during the 1920s and 1930s. Today, his grandson Teddy Sumner, a master colorist who is considered a pioneer of natural dyeing, is both owner and principal designer at M&K. He is also a firm believer in the importance of bringing...

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    Custom Rug Designer Robin Gray

    Posted by Janie Viehman on June 17, 2014 in Featured Weaver

    Robin Gray Design Rugs

    Founded in 2004, Robin Gray Design is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and specializes in custom and ready-made carpets. Represented in showrooms across the United States and in Israel, Robin Gray Design provides innovative creations that are handmade by weavers in Turkey, Nepal and India. 

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    Crystal Bead Mala's

    Posted by Janie Viehman on June 4, 2014 in Featured Merchandise

    Empowering Mala Jewelry

    A mala typically consists of 108 beads and an additional bead called a sumeru. With each bead one repeats a mantra. The mala should be held in the right hand with the middle finger and thumb. The purpose of repeating these mantras and using mala's is to preform japa. 

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