Hooked Rug Designers in New England
Claire Murray is known worldwide for her artful hand-hooked rugs. In scores of sizes, shapes, and colors, her rugs are available in patterns — nautical, patriotic, floral — sure to please. Unlike the hand-hooked rugs in your granny’s house, Claire’s modern creations are upbeat and very much today. She opened her first store on Nantucket Island in a historic cottage; now there are 12 other locations around New England. 11 S. Water St., Nantucket, MA. 800-252-4733, 508-228-1913; clairemurray.com
Angela Adams is a self-made Maine rug designer who has wowed the world with her hip originality. A-list types such as Courtney Cox Arquette and Macy Gray own Adams’s handcrafted rugs, which feature swirling graphics and unusual colors. Stop by to ogle these elegant yet playful rugs at her humble showroom and workshop and you’ll see why one magazine described them as “rustic Down East meets mid-century modern and The Brady Bunch.” If you can’t afford a rug (they’re not cheap), shop for other Adams-designed merchandise such as notebooks, handbags, and glassware. 273 Congress St., Portland, ME. 800-255-9454, 207-774-3523; angelaadams.com
Dash & Albert Rug Company
Annie Selke, founder of Pine Cone Hill, also offers a collection of brightly patterned rugs through Dash & Albert (800-557-2035; dashandalbert.com), which she created in 2003. She roams the world for inspiration in designing her lines of rugs, bedding and furniture, and pottery and tableware (through Potluck Studios). A retail showroom, The Home Store, carries all items and is the place to go when you want to give your home a makeover. Visit the outlet center next door for overstocks and seconds. 55 Pittsfield Rd., Lenox, MA. 413-637-1996; pineconehill.com
Walter and Christine Chapin started Company C in 1994 out of their home. Today, rugs of all sizes and colors bedazzle the eye at their mammoth flagship store. In addition to its vast and well-priced selection of rugs, Company C also offers furniture, antiques, lighting, and ceramics. 102 Old Turnpike Rd., Concord, NH. 800-818-8288, 603-226-4460; companyc.com
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