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 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!

Tamarian Social Playlist #7-Memories

Shaman Blue in detail; available in stock or custom ordered to your spec’s.

“Memories light the corners of my mind, Misty water-colored memories of the way we were, Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind, Smiles we gave to one another for the way we were.” Here’s our take on tunes that light the corners of our mind. Paired with a detail of our rug Shaman Blue.

Tamarian Social Playlist #6- It’s Warm Out!

Tamarian Social Playlist #6- It’s Warm Out! This week’s @spotify playlist celebrates the return of SUMMER WEATHER and provide a soundtrack for chillin’ and grillin’, sunning and funning, or the LATEST craze, outdoor Zoom meetings! Our paired rug is Florence TK Multi; an Impressionist’s palette of color with a pleasing floral motif. Available in stock in standard sizes up to 13’x18′, runners, and endless custom possibilities!

New Episode of Tamarian Social Podcast Ned Talks Available!

The 2nd episode of the NED TALKS #podcast is now streaming! We talk to @mougalianrugs about rugging in Portland Maine and are joined by designer and Mougalian client @tylerelizabethkaru to share insights on their working dynamic. BONUS feature is our NEW segment MAILBAG! @tamariansocial invited their own Jesse Kohler to share his expert advice on proper Trade Show footwear, NOT to be missed!

The Sequin design solves so many rooms…

The Sequin design in our all wool “Phoenix” weave strikes the right pose with simplistic beauty combined with sophisticated textural movement. That “PW” personality just loves to cozy up to a variety of interiors making it simple problem solver that doesn’t ask for any compromises. 3 stocked colors available in all standard rug sizes and endless custom.

Sequin PW in the Discus color way is the boldest of the three Programmed pieces and a great companion to more traditional rugs such as a Heriz or Oushak style that may contain similar reds and corals.
The Blue Dusk color is a serene landscape of neutrals with the right lift of blue, presented in the variegating “PW” yarn that gives the user a wide range of hues to sync the room with.
Blue Mantis is the most neutral palette and blends warm wheat and bone tones with cooler greys and taupes making it a room catch-all.

Be sure to visit our website to learn more about the Sequin design and the MANY companions we stock in standard rug sizes and offer for endless custom adaptations.

Tamarian Social: What’s Cookin’

Tamarian rug design “Zoe” , shown in detail here in the color HAZE , also has amazing powers to energize a room and keep it forward-looking for generations.

Tamarian Director of Sales Chris Saliga shares a recipe and the steps to prepare one of his favorite Nepali dishes, Dal Bhat.

Chris: A little background on the dish; Dal bhat is a traditional meal from the Indian subcontinent, popular in many areas of Nepal, Bangladesh and India. It consists of steamed rice and a cooked lentil soup called dal. Bhat or Chawal means “boiled rice” in a number of Indo-Aryan languages. It literally means “lentils with rice”. It is a staple food in these countries and is the national dish of Nepal. Himalayan trekkers are served this dish by the Sherpa and Tibetan guides before heading off into Mountains. There is a saying, “Dal Bhat Power, 24 Hour!”

Tamarian Director of Sales Chris Saliga (left) poses for a chilly picture with client and friend Darren Jaffe (right) of Jaffe Oriental Rug Gallery, Inc. before a sunrise trek in Nepal.

What I cooked is the simple recipe given me from one our Esteemed factory partner’s wife during a recent trip to Nepal. Styles vary; you can also serve it with curry, pickle, yogurt and meat. In Nepal and traditional Nepalese eateries ,the various items are often put in little compartments like an old school lunch tray.


  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped finely
  • 1 diced tomato
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup red lentils washed
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 sliced red pepper
  • 2 cups cooked basmati rice to serve with dal.
Basmati is the author’s preferred style of rice, although substitutes are allowed!

Cook Basmati rice

  • bring 2 cups of water to a boil
  • add one cup of rice
  • reduce, cover and cook 20 minutes.

Once rice is on begin the Lentil soup…

  • Put two tbsp cooking oil in a medium size pan over medium heat
  • Add ½ Teaspoon cumin seed, one small yellow onion chopped and a tomato diced

When the onion is translucent add:

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon salt.
  • Three garlic cloves finely chopped

Cook for a couple of minutes

Add 1 cup cleaned and washed lentils and fry for 2 minutes

Add three cups of water bring to boil, reduce and cook for 15 minutes covered

Chris: After looking over recipes online I added Chopped Cilantro and a sliced red pepper with lime wedges for acidity.


There are variations of this simple recipe online so BE ADVENTUROUS and don’t be afraid to explore new ways of tapping into that DAL BHAT POWER FOR 24 HOURS! As our esteem partner overseas reminded us when we solicited this recipe:

Lentil soups are good for health too. Specially kidney.


Visit our website for even more appetizing RUG PAIRINGS like these Programmed pieces below!