NedTalks: Michael Christie aka The Ruggist

Michael Christie added the “aka The Ruggist” to his title in 2008 with NO plan but an informed opinion and the stones to voice those opinions out loud!

NedTalks: Michael Christie aka The Ruggist Tamarian presents NEDtalks

In this ROBUST episode we talk with Michael Christie, Editor of Rug Insider Magazine as well as colorful industry blogger, The Ruggist! We try to coax BOTH of these voices to the table to see how they manage their different perspectives and learn a bit of Michael's backstory that may inform these two "characters".  We cover a lot but the central themes emerge as Michael articulates his passions for the industry and his genuine love for rugs. ENJOY and be sure to visit our blog https://tamariansocial.wordpress.com for the visual companion!
  1. NedTalks: Michael Christie aka The Ruggist
  2. Bespoke Custom Rug with The Scarab
  3. Portland Maine Edition-Brett Mougalian and Tyler Karu
  4. Tamarian Social Presents: NED talks Pilot Episode
follow @theruggist for an unfettered take on rugs and beyond.

A stalwart to the industry, Michael is; promoter, reporter, connector, friend, and general pollinator for all things rugs!

Although Michael is well versed in a variety of carpet styles/origins, he has a particular affinity for Tibetan rugs and the country, culture, and people of Nepal.
“I’ve become more of a collector, I think everyone becomes a bit of a collector as they get older.”
#tableauxdepompoms was a fun trend started by The Ruggist during initial lock downs to keep the industry active, engaged, and connected.

Be sure to follow @theruggist and subscribe to Rug Insider magazine!

Rug Insider features Tamarian in Summer 2020 issue

Rug Insider’s feature article in the Summer 2020 issue spotlight’s our reinvigorated path forward.

Follow the link to learn more about our company from this great article by Rug Insider! The cover rug is our design “Dwarika PW Mint”, a staple in our PW collection and a real catch-all for so many varying interiors. Available IN STOCK and in several other color ways.

https://www.ruginsider.com/exclusives-stories/indepth/463-tamarian-reborn-again

Dwarika PW Sunset

Dwarika PW Smoke

Tamarian Social Playlist #14- Michael Christie aka The Ruggist

Our design “Union” shown in the popular Charcoal Flame palette also available in other colors.

Tamarian Social Playlist #14. Our Guest Curator series continues with Michael Christie AKA The Ruggist! Industry rag Editor, controversial blogger, niche rug producer, and vainglorious boaster of an unparalleled eyeglass collection, Mr. Christie wears many colorful hats and these are some of the songs that live between his ears. Featured is our design “Union” that also graces the cover of the current issue of @ruginsider, inside which you will find a GLORIOUS spread on our great company! Now I’M being vainglorious!

Playlist #12-David Young’s British Invasion

A glimpse of a custom “Jack” being inspected before installation.

Shout out “bagsy” to hop in Young’s musical lorry for a Playlist that is chockablock with UK sounds! You’re sure to be chuffed by his picks that will have you knowing your onions where music is concerned! Paired with a glimpse of a KILLER custom Union Jack we did years back. Cheers Mates!

Tamarian Social Playlist #11-California

Decked PW James is available, along with several other color palettes, in all standard rug sizes.

This week we shout out the sounds of the Golden State and give it to all the great tunes California has inspired. From Laurel Canyon to the Record Plant, up the PCH, over the Golden Gate, and beyond, let’s do some California Dreamin’ alongside our wildly popular design Decked PW James.

Chris has dusted off his (formerly rusty) Iron Skillet for this edition of…

Chris Saliga is Tamarian’s Director of Sales, owner of a fine whimsical sock collection, and a WHIZ around the kitchen! From time to time we ask Chris to share something he’s been cookin’ up, let’s see what delicious ditty he has teed up today!

From Chris:

I re-seasoned my cast iron pan a few months ago and have really been playing with it during the Covid Malaise. Its an incredible pan for its versatility and longevity. You can use cast iron on the stove top or in the oven and if properly cared for these pans last 100’s of years. I love the high heat sear you can get that I can’t duplicate with my non stick cookware. Cast iron retains heat greater than steel and aluminum because of it’s thickness and irons heat retaining properties.

An iron skillet can also be placed directly in an oven for even MORE cooking diversity.

It was my goal to get that REAL CRUST on my cornbread and my newly seasoned cast iron skillet signaled that THIS WAS THE DAY. Here we go!

Cornbread assembly at the ready!

There are many cast iron skillet recipes on the internet. Most are very similar. I settled on one from the food network.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups coarsely ground cornmeal

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup whole milk

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1.Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and place a 9-inch cast iron skillet inside to heat while you make the batter.

This delicious beer represents the skillet being brought to a perfect temperature, as this beer might do to one’s temperament!

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

Whisk in the milk, buttermilk, and eggs.

Whisk in almost all of the melted butter, reserving about 1 tablespoon for the skillet later on.

3. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Coat the bottom and sides of the hot skillet with the remaining butter. Pour the batter into the skillet and place it in the center of the oven. Bake until the center is firm and a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes and serve.

A pat of butter to taste…

AND ENJOY!

Be sure to keep an eye out for the next tummy-rumbling post from Chris and scroll down to view our rug pairings for this culinary inspiration.

Buttery hues can be found in several of our palettes including “Blue Mantis” and “Haze”, shown below in several stocked designs with MANY more available styles here.

Our “Haze” palette is consistently one of the most popular colors in our canon due to its ease in pairing with an interior without compromising. The palette offers rich tones and a variety of hues from which to springboard.
Beautiful in transitional or contemporary designs, like the above, Cello TK Haze.

Tamarian Social Playlist #9

Enjoy this month’s Tamarian Social Playlist with artists all born in June! An eclectic mix from a wide range of Junebugs, this mix pairs AWFULLY well with the equally as diverse CAGE design. This design marries two wildly popular designs, Planke and Inception, resulting in a textural and atmospheric play in fine wool and silk. Available READY SHIP in standard rug sizes and endless custom possibilities.

NOW LIVE!

Our newly designed website is now LIVE and and will be evolving throughout the next several months with enhanced features for both Tamarian Dealers and interested buyers alike! Let’s take a quick tour of some of the premier features available now…

The new website is teeming with stocked product to offer a myriad of looks, colors, and price points. To help you sort through this amazing selection of inventory we have enhanced our filtering and navigation features.

Navigation

The Homepage offers links to featured product, but a quick click on Collections will reveal more powerful filtering tools, like selecting “current line” under “categories” to see our running line of actively stocked designs.

Search features have been simplified to allow for faster navigation to your “THAT’S IT!” rug.

Links to our various social media accounts allow you to access all our content and follow the stories of our rugs. Be sure to follow @tamariansocial and subscribe to our feeds including a Spotify Playlist and Podcast!

Stock and Custom rugs

A click on a rug will reveal the stock position showing; individual pieces available in the various standard sizes, approximate delivery ETA, and a link to add a specific piece to your shopping cart to keep track of your selections.

Thumbnail links to alternate color ways for a given design are shown alongside the main image. You can also click the “customize” link to use our virtual custom tools.

Customization features include adjustments to materials, knotting techniques, and pile heights. But the most powerful feature is our 1200 color virtual pom box that is the springboard to creating the perfect palette for your next custom rug.

The color changes with a click and allows you to download your work as a rendering and submit to Tamarian so we can assist with the next steps.

Virtual room settings offer some context to the rug but the latest feature allows you to upload a picture of your OWN ROOM to play out your custom fantasies.

Features will continue to be added, enhanced, and NEW RUGS will post so be sure to check back often!

Ned Talks Podcast Episode #3-Bespoke Custom with The Scarab

NedTalks: Michael Christie aka The Ruggist Tamarian presents NEDtalks

In this ROBUST episode we talk with Michael Christie, Editor of Rug Insider Magazine as well as colorful industry blogger, The Ruggist! We try to coax BOTH of these voices to the table to see how they manage their different perspectives and learn a bit of Michael's backstory that may inform these two "characters".  We cover a lot but the central themes emerge as Michael articulates his passions for the industry and his genuine love for rugs. ENJOY and be sure to visit our blog https://tamariansocial.wordpress.com for the visual companion!
  1. NedTalks: Michael Christie aka The Ruggist
  2. Bespoke Custom Rug with The Scarab
  3. Portland Maine Edition-Brett Mougalian and Tyler Karu
  4. Tamarian Social Presents: NED talks Pilot Episode

Please enjoy this visual companion to our podcast as we learn the story of this custom design created in partnership with our Minturn, CO dealer The Scarab.

Creating the design from a single image.

The flower image initially sent for inspiration to create a custom rug design.
The initial rendering creates a working piece of art that can be tinkered and tweaked with endlessly!

Adjusting to desired color palette

Tamarian offers 1200 color choices in our standard poms set but can also create endless variations by tweeding colors, adjusting dye saturation, and other techniques to get the color just right.

A palette of 14 colors was created to allow for shading, outlining, and other techniques that give the design dimension. Tamarian can build these palettes from a simpler color story, even a single color concept, so designers and end users don’t have to tax themselves with all the work!

This project started with the design concept and later introduced the desired color palettes, the size and scale also evolved from the initial concept and placement/function in the room became a consideration as noted on the CADS below.

CAD artwork provides a visual representation of the eventual rug but also conveys important factors such as placement and how the piece may function in the context of the room. We can even superimpose blueprint drawings with custom rugs inserted to convey details to job site installers, etc.

The final CAD is produced and approved to begin knotting!

The initial concept evolved into something wholly unique and becomes a one-of-a-kind piece with a story!

A strike-off sample is produced to check colors and create a “control” to help ensure consistency.

Strike-offs capture all the colors in the finished rug but do not show the overall design, especially for rug as large as 12’x18′.

Be sure to check back to see the progress of this and other exciting custom projects we are currently working on. And be sure to contact us or your local Tamarian dealer to begin YOUR custom rug project today!

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