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|Berlin-based designer Jeannine van Erk had already made |
a name for herself in the interior design world with her one-of-a-kind handcrafted lampshades when she decided to add rugs to her repertoire.
The decision was a combination of her growing interest in antique Tibetan rugs, love of colorful
Moroccan carpets and, above all, respect for an old craft she believes must be
preserved. Jeannine’s journey, producing her stunning custom wool and/or bamboo silk rugs,
took her first to Nepal, not simply to choose a GoodWeave certified factory, but to learn everything she could about the process.
Although she says she had no knowledge of carpet making,
handcrafts were not new to her. Even as a child growing up in the Netherlands, she was
exploring crafts. Later, her training as a young adult was not only in interior design but also in cabinet making.
During her career, she had designed and built furniture, structures for museum exhibitions and even exhibit spaces for the Venice Biennale.
Weaving was complex and fascinating but she was certain it would
be the vehicle to express an unusual idea of hers: to use the colors and shape
of a magnified human iris as her design. "I don’t see it as an iris, "she says.
Jeannine’s initial inspiration for the iris rug was the iconic
National Geographic photograph, "Afghan Girl," which she had seen years before.
The layered flecks of color and depth of the girl’s eyes had stayed with her.
With the help of a photographer friend, Jeannine gathered and studied many
images of irises. She was astonished at the amount of color and variety in each
one. At the same time, she had the thought that the human iris embodies a pure idea of equality and universality.
Jeannine van Erk’s rugs express her egalitarian worldview in other ways, as well.
Even the scrap
yarn left over from the rug production is used to better
the community. That yarn goes to village women who, while home
with their children, can still improve their situation by knitting and selling
blankets from the extra wool. "Everyone deserves and opportunity to earn money and everyone deserves respect, fair wages and fair treatment," she says.
"It is a gift that we can get these great hand-woven works of art from the weavers." To further demonstrate her respect, on each rug, along
with the GoodWeave label, is another label. It
shows the weaver’s name, village and the number of days the rug took to weave.
The dish is good, but feels more trendy than thoughtful.
A subsequent course had a more obvious cultural reference,
echoing the ingredients found in a fish tagine: a lightly smoked chunk of salmon with mussel emulsion and pickled cucumbers fencing in a
log of crushed potato surrounded by dill oil.
One of the best courses is the most traditional:
couscous, bright yellow from saffron, and flavored with preserved lemon. It’s set in the center of
a wide walnut bowl, and all it needs is the sprinkling of flower petals, radish blossoms, amaranth and other herbs to bring
it to four-star status.
12) by pastry chef Melissa Chou are equally stylized, including a
creative blend of goat cheese and olive oil. A long continuous curving ribbon of white chocolate and olive oil
becomes the anchor for creamy dabs of whipped cheese, nasturtium cream, pink
grapefruit sorbet and jagged sheets of honey tuille embedded upright in the various components.
Another finale — meringue with preserved lemon curd — is veiled in a blood-red
sheet of huckleberry gelee and topped with candied
curry leaves. For this venture Lahlou signed on a veteran crew including Alan Murray, a master sommelier who worked many years at Masa’s and has created an excellent wine list; and general manager Tyler Montgomery, formerly at
Spruce. It’s a team that knows its way around the
At times, however, the waiters can be tone-deaf, and some haven’t yet learned the menu or
the finer points of service. As beautiful as the design is — don’t miss the six bathroom stalls, each encased in different Moroccan tile — it feels as if much of the staff is slightly out
of its element. Mourad is an ambitious project with
equally ambitious aspirations, and seems destined to have national impact.
But whereas Aziza is more modest in its ambition, it feels complete.
Mourad is a beautiful house, but not quite yet a home.
Michael Bauer is The San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic.
Dinner 5-10 p.m. daily. Full bar. 4% S.F. Reservations and credit cards accepted.
Keivan Woven Arts is proud to offer" best in class" rugs with thousands of choices.
We offer both Antique and Semi-Antique collections, all
of which are stocked in our showroom, offered in a different variety of
textures and designs. If you have a good taste for Vintage rugs, then we have a
very good collection of Vintage Moroccan rugs that
are available in great choices. With Moroccan rugs you
will find different styles and textures that will suit a diverse array of
aesthetics in all ways. We offer a variety of rugs that come directly from different countries, including the traditional art that prevails
in the local streets and native places.
We also have a well-established network in Morocco, European nations, Afghanistan,
Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and many more countries from where we import all the
antiques and rugs we
carry, great pieces of art. Through our network we are able to bring to you very local
and indigenous pieces with different styles. With our reach we
have made a large collection
of Vintage Moroccan rugs. Morocco has a long history and culture relating to the rug industry.
Since previous centuries people of Morocco have made these carpets and rugs that depict
art and traditional effects in their embroidery. It originated in the Atlas
Mountains where tribal people began making these carpets,
blankets, floor mats and other such stuff in order to protect themselves from
The thickness and design of Vintage Moroccan rugs
can be determined well by viewing and touching them.
In the making of these rugs, these techniques of making rugs were
passed down from generation to generation. From the same people comes the traditional rug that we know of today and have
to offer this world. These are available in different sizes and can be selected according
to size and color. All of the pieces are unique and different and feature great colors and textures that will set your place with beauty.
There are Vintage Moroccan rugs which are available in very plain colors
without texture, as well and with color and more
texture as well. In most of the rugs you will find a high-pile texture which is very beautifully woven with wool.
You can select from various variety of red colors, which are also available in different textures.
There are hundreds of designs available from this category alone, which are
offered in red, gray, black, gold, and bronze colors to select from.
We even offer services to repair old Antique and Vintage Moroccan rugs.
With our expert services we try to provide you
with best-in-class cleaning and repair services to make your
one-time purchase stay new and with you forever.
We even purchase your old rugs to help you buy new ones.
We are well reputed in this industry and have been printed and featuredin many design magazines.
We have been in this industry for the last twenty-five years and have built up our expertise to help you with all related services.
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