THE ARMOURY FALL/WINTER 2017 LOOKBOOK

When The Armoury contacted us to host their The Armoury's Fall/Winter 2017 lookbook in our Tribeca showroom, we could not resist. We have long admired their brand, from the attention to detail to the boutique shop itself and were flattered to have been asked to get involved! Check out the results below. 

Photos by Doug Holt.

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The Armoury Fall/Winter 2017 Lookbook was inspired by the idea of the global citizen, recognizing the important impact culture and relationships have on the expression of clothing.

The Armoury focuses on connecting individuals from small operations (with many of our artisans handcrafting their goods, honing their skills across decades), with our clients across the world. We honor the space and time it takes to create quality and those standards upon which it is founded.

The rich colors of the Joseph Carini designer carpets (made in Nepal), and the handcrafted African furniture pull together the ethos of The Armoury Fall/Winter 2017 collection. 

Left: Area rug 'Hailey' (8'10" x 11'5") - pink floral flat weave rug from Afghanistan stocked by Joseph Carini. Right: Area rug 'Sophia' (9'8" x 13'1") - light blue flat weave rug from Afghanistan stocked by Joseph Carini. 

Left: Area rug 'Hailey' (8'10" x 11'5") - pink floral flat weave rug from Afghanistan stocked by Joseph Carini. Right: Area rug 'Sophia' (9'8" x 13'1") - light blue flat weave rug from Afghanistan stocked by Joseph Carini. 

The backdrop is Tree and Cloud 2 (12' x 16') an original design by Joseph Carini. Tree and Cloud 2 is an ode to spring days and classic Eastern motifs. On a bronze background, fragrant cherry blossoms of copper and violet bloom under whimsical floating clouds. Woven in luxurious silk. 

The backdrop is Tree and Cloud 2 (12' x 16') an original design by Joseph Carini. Tree and Cloud 2 is an ode to spring days and classic Eastern motifs. On a bronze background, fragrant cherry blossoms of copper and violet bloom under whimsical floating clouds. Woven in luxurious silk. 

Backdrop area rug is 'Madeline' (10'1" x 13'9") a flat weave handmade in Afghanistan. 

Backdrop area rug is 'Madeline' (10'1" x 13'9") a flat weave handmade in Afghanistan. 

The backdrop is Dancing Triangles (9' x 12') by Joseph Carini Carpets made with indigo.

The backdrop is Dancing Triangles (9' x 12') by Joseph Carini Carpets made with indigo.

Area rug 'Hailey' (8'10" x 11'5") - pink floral flat weave rug from Afghanistan stocked by Joseph Carini.

Area rug 'Hailey' (8'10" x 11'5") - pink floral flat weave rug from Afghanistan stocked by Joseph Carini.

Skirting the Carpet

When carpets meet fashion it's a photographer's dream...

The red carpet brings the fashion world’s most stylish and sought after designs into the public's eye. This week at Joseph Carini Carpets, we have delved into fashion archives searching for times when carpets and fashion were paired to a tee. From fashion photographer Juergen Teller to Vivienne Westwood, we have gathered the ways in which carpets have been used as part of set design in some of the most renowned editorials in fashion’s history.

 

Richard Avedon for Versace S/S 1995 Campaign #SkirtingTheCarpet

Richard Avedon for Versace S/S 1995 Campaign #SkirtingTheCarpet


The story of the red carpet began a long time ago; in fact, the earliest known reference to walking a red carpet in literature is in the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus, written in 458 BC. When the title character returns from Troy, he is greeted by his vengeful wife Clytemnestra who offers his a red path to walk upon:

“Now my beloved, step down from your chariot, and let not your foot, my lord, touch the Earth. Servants. Let there be spread before the house he never expected to see, where Justice leads him in. a crimson path.”

Agamemnon, knowing that only gods walk on such luxury, responds with trepidation:

“I am a mortal, a man; I cannot trample upon these tinted splendors without fear thrown in my path”

It is by no coincidence that the icons of the fashion world have used carpets in their advertising and editorials – from a contextual base, their product is aligned with authenticity and labor, dedication to the craft (with each of our carpets taking on average of 10,000 hours of labor to create). The red carpet was traditionally used to mark the route taken by heads of state on ceremonial and formal occasions, in recent decades it has been extended to use by VIPS and celebrities at formal events.

 

Gucci's 2016 Resort Collection #SkirtingTheCarpet

Gucci's 2016 Resort Collection #SkirtingTheCarpet

#SkirtingTheCarpet


Check out our Pinterest board for more of our favorite Skirting The Carpet moments: https://www.pinterest.com/joecarinicarpet/skirting-the-carpet/

Share your finds: #SkirtingTheCarpet

Gucci Resort 2016 Collection. PHOTOGRAPHED BY CULLY WRIGHT. STYLED BY J. ERRICO. ALL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES BY GUCCI #SkirtingTheCarpet

Gucci Resort 2016 Collection. PHOTOGRAPHED BY CULLY WRIGHT. STYLED BY J. ERRICO. ALL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES BY GUCCI #SkirtingTheCarpet

Emma Watson Dazzles in NET A PORTER Shoot Featuring #EcoFriendly Fashion #SkirtingTheCarpet

Emma Watson Dazzles in NET A PORTER Shoot Featuring #EcoFriendly Fashion #SkirtingTheCarpet

Yuki Hayama Exhibition: Beauty of Life Catalogue

 
 
Among the records of mankind’s strength, bravery, weakness, and fragility, I discovered the permanence of ceramics. Even when broken, fragments of ceramics remain, never to be totally destroyed but serving as a bridge between the past and the people of the future.
— Yuki Hayama

For a limited time we will be selling the catalogue for the

Yuki Hayama Exhibition: Beauty of Life

 through our website, on the Shop Now page! Read in depth about our exhibition in collaboration with the Japanese ceramic artist Yuki Hayama. The catalogue includes images and descriptions of all of Hamaya's ceramic works on view in our showroom, as well as detailed images of the carpet designs produced especially for this collaboration.

We are also selling these catalogues in our New York showroom, or you can purchase by phone.

Joseph Carini Carpets

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Beauty of Life

Joseph Carini Carpets is pleased to present Beauty of Life, a special collection of carpets designed in collaboration with Yuki Hayama. The four unique carpet designs, handwoven by skilled artisans in Nepal, will be displayed alongside the impressive ceramic works of Hayama, calling together two mediums of artistic expression. Two of the four nature themes seen throughout Hayama's pottery, Water and Earth, are brought to life on the larger canvas of Carini's carpets, translated with hand-spun Himalayan wools and the finest sparkling silks.

The use of natural botanical dyes in these and almost of all of Carini's carpets further enhances the commonality between the works of these two artists, both of whom strive to bring the natural world into their artistic world, and whose designs are dominated by inspirations from nature.

Joseph Carini's Beauty of Life collaboration with Yuki Hayama will be his first with a ceramic artist, and is a perfect pairing of two artists with like minded sensibilities. When they first met in NYC last year, Joseph Carini was immediately taken with the artist who, like himself, believes in creating lasting works of handmade art that fuse old world craftsmanship with modern, unique products for today.

Aquatic Life, wool and silk 9' x 12'

Aquatic Life, wool and silk 9' x 12'

Sea Tangle, wool and silk 9' x 12'

Sea Tangle, wool and silk 9' x 12'

Water Flowers, wool and silk 9' x 12'

Water Flowers, wool and silk 9' x 12'

Carini strives to make carpets that appeal to both the eyes and the heart while valuing authenticity and process. Hayama aims to create a feeling of vitality and harmony in his ceramics with a message of universal love for humanity.

The forces of nature are beautifully represented in Yuki Hayama's ceramic work with figures of animals, trees, flowers, water, fish, sky and earth. Similarly, Joseph Carini draws inspiration from nature for most of his carpet designs. In Carini's work you can see imagery of storm clouds, evening skies, sparkling waters, wild animals, blossoming trees, as well as many abstract iterations of those themes. He takes a literal approach in his collaboration with Hayama, with four of Hayama's painting s replicated in woven carpets.

Ten Thousand Flowers, silk 5' x 7'

Ten Thousand Flowers, silk 5' x 7'

Join us on Tuesday, September 20th at 2PM for a Gallery Talk with Michael Chagnon, the Curator of Exhibition Interpretation at Japan Society Gallery, New York. Michael will be discussing the artistic connections between east and west Asia encapsulated in Hayama's ceramics, and the exchange of visual ideas that is one of the Silk Road's most enduring legacies.

Read more about Yuki Hayama's work here!

Visit our showroom this month to view Beauty of Life!

335 Greenwich St New York, NY 10013

Monday - Friday 10AM - 6PM | Saturday 11AM - 3:30PM

Showroom: 646.613.0497

Keith Haring: A Tribute

Keith Haring was an artist who emulated the youthful 1980's art scene in New York and made a name for himself with his playful, cartoonish drawings. Within his universe, objects, lines, and colors were transformed into playful, happy, cruel and tragic moments. Haring knew early on that he wanted to develop his artistic abilities and he knew he had to be in New York.

Keith Haring in front of a subway drawing, 1983

Keith Haring and Madonna, 1985

Keith Haring finishing a subway drawing, 1984

Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.
— Keith Haring

Haring arrived in New York in 1978 as a scholarship student at the School of Visual Arts. He was particularly inspired by the Graffiti he experienced in the subways and began to find his own individual style. Haring noticed that throughout the subway platforms there were black spaces where advertisements were supposed to be placed. He immediately knew this was the perfect canvas to get his message across to the masses. Using white chalk he would draw every time he saw an empty panel.

Haring achieved international recognition through several group and solo exhibitions. His first Soho solo show was held at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery and was regarded as extremely popular. As Haring's popularity grew so did his anxiety with dealing his own works of art. Soon he took up representation with Tony Shafrazi which freed him to focus on his work. Haring's international success began in 1984 when he traveled around the world painting wall murals in Australia, Brazil, Paris, and Italy. For Haring, art was intended for everyone and public wall murals were a way for him to break down the barriers between the high/ low audiences.

Keith Haring in his studio, 1985

Keith Haring and Brooke Shields photographed by Richard Avedon

Untitled, 1983

Untitled, 1984

Untitled, 1985

Untitled, 1984

Haring's work in the mid-late 1980's showcased the theme of AIDS, mainly because it had a heavy influence in his personal life. After experiencing his friends passing away year after year, Haring himself was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. The diagnosis didn't come as a surprise to Haring but prompted him to work twice as hard and twice as fast.

Throughout his career, Haring devoted his time and energy to several charities, hospitals, and children's day care centers. Before his death he established the Keith Haring Foundation to continue his charitable support of children's and AIDS-related organizations. Haring's work can be seen in exhibitions and collections of major museums around the world.

The Earthquake Collection

Joseph Carini Carpets has teamed up with Italian designer and architect Alessandro Mendini to present The Earthquake Collection at Fragile this week during Salone Del Mobile. This is the first collaboration for Mendini and Carini, and highlights Joseph Carini Carpet's fine Tibetan weaving techniques with Mendini's brightly colored design aesthetic.

These carpets were woven by a small group of women weavers in Nepal who started their own business weaving small traditional carpets. Joseph Carini and a select team of weaving masters have been providing these women with training in lost weaving techniques as an effort to preserve a cultural heritage. These designs were in the process of being woven when the huge earthquake hit Nepal in 2015. While none of the carpets were damaged, the women's homes were damaged beyond repair. Joseph Carini and Alessandro Mendini decided to name this collection, The Earthquake Collection, and the four carpets were named after villages in Nepal affected by the earthquake.

 
Toto - 6' x 9' - silk and wool twill

Toto - 6' x 9' - silk and wool twill

Rasuwa - 6' x 9' - silk and wool twill

Rasuwa - 6' x 9' - silk and wool twill

 
 
Dhading - 6' x 9' - silk and wool twill

Dhading - 6' x 9' - silk and wool twill

Gorkha - 6' x 9' - silk and wool twill

Gorkha - 6' x 9' - silk and wool twill

 

Alessandro Mendini has played an important role in the development of modern Italian design, and is well known for his mixing of different cultures and sensibilities to push design boundaries and forego conventional notions of function. Some notable aspects of Mendini's work are smart clean designs, with a colorful playfulness and these keystones are expressed once again in this carpet collection.

Upon hearing about the opportunity to collaborate with Mendini, Carini was thrilled at the prospect of working with a design icon whose design philosophy aligns so closely with his own. Joe Carini's love for mixing different graphics and bringing interesting forms of expression into his carpet designs is what keeps him passionate about his work and the art of carpet weaving.

These designs are a limited edition collection, and Joseph Carini Carpets will only be making 10 sets of each design. The designs can be custom made in any size and material preferred. 

Check out this great article from Design Milk on our collaboration! Click here

Design Trend: Retro Geometrics

The latest trend on the runway is the comeback of retro geometric. The idea of geometry itself may be ancient, but these bright geometric patterns are modern and chic. Geometric patterns add an eye-catching element to a room. From open cubes, to repeating circles, there are several ways to incorporate this trend into your own home. What we love is the the retro twist on this trend, that incorporates the bright pop of color and graphic contrast between shapes and sizes. 

The best way to incorporate this trend into your space is by starting with the carpet. Choose a pattern that is either a large scale shape or a pattern with a tighter scale. It should go without saying that patterns mixed together may not look the way you pictured. Create a place for your eyes to rest by grounding your graphics with a solid piece. Incorporate a solid couch with a great texture over a graphic carpet. Having fun with color is whole point of this trend, incorporating great bold colors with our classic geometric patterns. 

Check out a few of Joseph Carini Carpets that show case Retro Geometrics: 

Designer Spotlight: Katie Lydon

Katie Lydon has been designing in her downtown New York interior design firm Katie Lydon Interiors for over a decade. Migrating from London, Lydon felt at home in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. Between designing polished uptown townhouses or a stylish downtown loft, Lydon creates comfortable and beautiful homes. Katie Lydon's work reposes on an elevated design style, a neutral base, pops of color, and artwork as the focus.   

Lydon attended Wimbledon Art School in London before continuing her education at Cambridge University. Using her knowledge and passion for antiques and architecture, Lydon is able to bring the highest quality to her clients. Lydon always focuses on designing with the client's unique personality and style in mind. Her versatile style allows her to work in a variety of both timeless and contemporary environments.

Katie Lydon's interiors effortlessly combine classic and modern styles without crowding the space. And she has amazing taste in art, always bringing a large and powerful piece to her projects. Lydon is a master of mixing furniture pieces with large canvases for a clean sophisticated look.

Katie's work has been featured in several design publications. Katie Lydon was named Elle Decor's 5 designers to watch in 2010, and five years later we are still loving what she does!

www.katielydoninteriors.com

Art Deco

Art Deco design is famously known for it's bold, geometric, and lavish characteristics. The Art Deco style originated from France after World War I and was influenced by the rapid industrial movement sweeping across the world. The name 'Art Deco' comes from the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes where the sleek machine-age look came about. As a departure from Art Nouveau, Art Deco elements are sleeker and more stylized. Both art movements emerged as a reaction to major world events; The Industrial Revolution and World War I. Art Deco style tapered off with the start of World War II, as people viewed lavish and over the top designs as inappropriate for war time.

Art Deco had a great influence on interior design. Incorporating streamlined geometric forms and metallic color, Deco interiors tend to be bold with ornate elements. Art Deco furniture pieces include components such as curved features, mirrors, clean lines, chrome hardware, and glass. Designers included geometric fabrics and elements that highlighted chevron patterns, sunburst shapes, and zigzags. One of the most important themes for Art Deco is the exotic. Bringing in different patterns from different cultures represented wealth; for example, lacquered walls were a specialty Asian technique, and African inspired patterned pillows brought in wild and unique touches to a room.

Some of the finest examples of Art Deco art and architecture are found in Havana, Cuba. The Bacardi building is noted for its particular Art Deco style, designed by architects Rafael Fernandez Ruenes, Estaban Rodriguez Castell, and Jose Menendez. This building, built in 1930, has small ornamental gold-leaf zigzag patterns and bronze bats, the Bacardi logo, throughout the space. Other cities that have great examples of Art Deco architecture include Rio de Janeiro, Miami, and New York City.

Inside a Havana Residence

Inside a Havana Residence

Detail of The Bacardi Building

Detail of The Bacardi Building

Inside a 1927 Mansion

Inside a 1927 Mansion

Inside a Miami residence

Inside a Miami residence

Incorporating Art Deco into your own design scheme can add a visually interesting element. Start off with bold geometric patterns, either in your tiled floor or in a bold silk carpet. Along with strong patterns, incorporating glossy and metallic furnishings brings a luxurious feel into your home. Art Deco also has a minimalist nature, so keep balance with some solid colors and streamlined lighting and furniture in your design.  

Check out some of Joseph Carini Carpet's favorite Art Deco designs below:

Deco

Deco

Theo

Theo

 
Deco Oval 

Deco Oval 

Kyle

Kyle

Clancy

Clancy

Back to Nature: Wool

The story of wool began long ago, and has been one of the most widely used and useful materials on the planet.  Dating back 10,000 years ago, wool was introduced to Europe from the Near East and has traveled even farther since then. Wool is obtained from different types of sheep and the quality varies based on the breed of sheep and their environment. Here at Joseph Carini Carpets we use Himalayan highland wool, which is especially excellent for carpets. Wool processed in the Himalayas is stronger, more insulating and has a natural resistance to soil and dirt. The high altitude of the Himalayas produces a soft texture and makes for perfect material for rug weaving. Along with sheep, other types of wool are extracted from different breeds of goats, such as mohair and cashmere.

Find out more about each type of wool below:      

 
 

The processing of wool is categorized into shearing and scouring. Sheep shearing is when the woolen fleece is cut off and separated into four categories: fleece, broken, bellies, and locks. Wool straight from the sheep has a high level of lanolin (a natural grease), and has to be scoured in order to remove some grease from the wool. The quality of wool is determined by its fiber diameter, crimp, yield, color, and staple strength. Overall the fiber diameter is the most important wool characteristic.

Wool serves as a natural insulator and the fibers absorb and release water vapor making wool carpets perfect for every season. Wool's insulating factors help to reduce energy costs and keep your home warm. It also happens to be an extraordinary renewable textile fiber - as long as there is grass for sheep to graze on, every year fleece will continue to be produced!

Diagonals, 12' x 16' 100% Mohair

Double Portal, 9' x 12' 100% Wool

Coco Drum, 9' x 12' 100% Wool

Storm Cloud, 10' x 14' 100% Mohair

At Joseph Carini Carpets we love working with wool because it is a safe material for homes and is beautiful AND durable. Wool is extremely easy to clean and maintains it's appearance for many years. Wool is truly a wonderful material in all of its forms and is the perfect material for you're next carpet!

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