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

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

 
 

Dhading - 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. 

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!

Frank Stella at the Whitney Museum

Currently the Whitney Museum of American Art is hosting a retrospective of Frank Stella, who is hands down one of the most important living American artists. The exhibition tracks the New York artist's fifty-seven-year career. In 1959 Stella gained early recognition with his series of impersonal black striped paintings that were prominently displayed in 1959 at the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition, "Sixteen Americans." It was a fresh introduction to minimalism and a farewell to Abstract Expressionism. His Black Paintings, is composed of black inverted parallel U-shapes containing striped separated by thin lines of unpainted canvas. It's flat 2D geometric pattern reiterates the minimalist's practice of simplicity and stark impersonal themes.

 
Frank Sella, Black Paintings, The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, II 1959. Enamel on canvas

Frank Sella, Black Paintings, The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, II 1959. Enamel on canvas

 
Frank Stella, Tomlinson Court Park from Black Series I 1967

Frank StellaTomlinson Court Park from Black Series I 1967

Frank Stella, Arundel Castle from Black Series I 1967

Frank StellaArundel Castle from Black Series I 1967

The retrospective mostly runs chronologically, with a few newer paintings placed next to his earlier work for comparison. Some of his most famous work was done during his Protractor series, which contrasts his Black Paintings series and depicts bright vivid colors and curvy shapes. His piece Harran II also uses a 2D geometric pattern that reminds the viewer that it is just paint on a canvas. The work is architectural and its shape was based on the protractor drafting tool. This piece itself is massive and makes quite an impression in person.

Frank Stella, Harran II 1967

Frank Stella, Harran II 1967

Frank Stella, Untitled 1965

Frank Stella, Untitled 1965

Frank Stella, Quathlamba I from the V Series 1968

Frank StellaQuathlamba I from the V Series 1968

Frank Stella, Abra Variation I 1969 

Frank StellaAbra Variation I 1969 

Stella contined to use the shaped canvas technique that incorporates geometric forms and color variation through the 1970's. From flat painted canvases, Stella moved to painted aluminum reliefs, and then onto sculpture. The exhibition gradually shows this change and concludes with a few sculptures on the outside balcony.    

Frank Stella, Kastura 1979

Frank Stella, Kastura 1979

Frank Stella, Welkom 1982

Frank Stella, Welkom 1982

Frank Stella, 79, divides his time between his townhouse in Greenwich Village and his studio in the Hudson Valley. The exhibition is closing February 7, 2016 and is so far the largest exhibition for the Museum's new space in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

FRANK STELLA:                          A RETROSPECTIVE

OCT 30, 2015 - FEB 7, 2016 

IN THE NEWS                                                   "Frank Stella is back. His grand, high-spirited, slightly overstuffed retrospective has taken over the fifth and largest exhibition floor of the new Whitney Museum of American Art, where it looks great." - The New York Times

 

Pantone Color of the Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity

Pantone has just announced their Colors of the Year for 2016 - Rose Quartz & Serenity. A unique pairing of two pastel hues, this is a first for Pantone to choose two colors. Pantone stated that these two colors are the answer for a stress filled life that is yearning for peace and calm. These two colors joined together demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer rose tone and a cooler tranquil blue. Pairing these two colors will bring a vast amount of design and fashion inspiration for the new year.  

One of the main reasons Pantone introduced these two colors together is to address the traditional perception of color association in our society. The new generation seemingly has less concerns about being typecast and instead keeps an open mind and approach to using color. Pantone wants their clients to feel more comfortable with using color to express their emotions. Instead of seeing baby nursery colors, Pantone hope people will see an alternative to the always popular beige. It's about time we see these colors as more than a gender identifier.    

This color duo isn't a stranger to being paired up together - it's a natural pairing. Pink has become something of a neutral over the years, and we may see baby blue turn in the same direction. Both colors blend seamlessly in everyday life. Pantone reaches out to bring calm to the storm, and reminds us that there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

In the interior design community we've seen pastels used frequently in the past. In fact pink has almost become a neutral, and paired with other colors can create a range of moods. Shown above is our Storm Cloud 10x14 carpet on the right, a perfect pairing that brings out a range of blues. Shown on the left is an antique distressed Persian rug that combines both the Pantone colors perfectly! For these two colors it's about using them together to combine their calming effects. Not just for baby's room anymore, you'll be surprised at the sophisticated result from a serene blue silk carpet with dusty pink paint on the walls.

Check out more of Carini Lang's carpet options below! 

Italian Flower, 9x12

Italian Flower, 9x12

Brushstroke Blue, 9x12

Brushstroke Blue, 9x12

Capri, 10x14

Capri, 10x14

Mums, 6x9

Mums, 6x9

Nettle Benefits

Many of our customers associate nettle with hemp or jute, and although they're similar, nettle has certain characteristics that set it apart. Hemp and nettle are both food, fiber, and medicinal plants used throughout the world. Nettle is an English name used for the type of plants that have stinging hairs. Himalayan nettle, the type of nettle that we use here at Carini Lang for our carpets, grows wild in fertile forest soils in altitudes ranging from 3900 to 9800 feet in the Himalayas. The fiber is extracted from the stem of the plant and is stripped until the fiber is extracted. We choose to weave nettle here at Carini Lang because it is a beautiful material that offers durability, texture, color variation and creates a spectacular silky luster. 

The whole plant is filled with beneficial elements - the root, stem, leaves, and the flowers. In ancient Greek times, the stinging nettle was used mainly as a diuretic and laxative. In ancient Egypt, reports are found of nettle infusion for the relief of arthritis and lumbago pains. Today the plant is still used for these common ailments and several other illnesses including diabetes, and as blood purifiers. Drinking nettle tea is a common way of ingesting it's various medicinal benefits. Nettle was also used for everyday practical purposes such as durable rope and fishing nets for Europeans and Native Americans. 

Nettle fibers have been woven for centuries, and were the popular choice for clothing before the production of cotton. The fibers of the stinging nettle plant are hollow which means they can accumulate air inside creating a natural insulation. Nettle is a soft, light weight fiber which is what creates its silky luster. These qualities make them perfect for carpets, and bring a different texture and look to your interior. With our nettle carpets we dye the yarn in batches which gives the carpet a great color variation and abrash. Here at Carini Lang we process our nettle without any pesticides or chemical dying and we prefer to dye our carpets with vegetable dye.   The beautiful color variation of natural un-dyed nettle is even so appealing that we often use no dye at all and let the mix of unaltered nettle color variations shine through on their own! 

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Nettle with border 

Nettle with border 

Nettle with fringe 

Nettle with fringe 

Indigo Nettle with border

Indigo Nettle with border

Interlocking circles in Nettle 

Interlocking circles in Nettle 

  

Brighten up your space with a runner

We all have those rooms or entryways that remain empty due to lack of inspiration - not to mention, a great runner can be hard to find!  A runner can warm cold feet, absorb sound, and be the perfect finishing touch to a smaller room or hallway. We're big fans of interesting runners here at Carini Lang and we believe that in long narrow spaces or under certain furniture pieces they can add visual interest and another layer of design.

When it comes to choosing a color for a runner, think about how you would like to compliment your interior and also keep in mind what colors and materials will hold up over time in a high traffic area . If you're choosing a piece for a hallway or small space that won't be in between the outdoors and your home then you can play with more delicate materials or lighter colors and pattern.

We recommend choosing a low pile rug for an entry way.  It will last longer and stay in great shape. If you have a long narrow entryway, then choosing a runner can make your space feel warm and can even make it feel wider. Adding a round rug can add an elegant touch and create the feeling of a grand entrance. An entryway rug, or hallway runner is a welcoming way to show your personal style as soon as your visitors walk in!

Here are some inspiration pics:

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