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Design Dash November 17 2022

Thanks to all of the design firms and showrooms that participated in the inaugural Design Dash! It's going to be an annual fall event and open to more firms next year. We look forward to dashing with you then!

 Brian awarded the Kush Rugs prize to Betsy and Mackenzie of Dailey Design Studio. It was a delight to see how excited they were.


Designer Happy Hour October 20 2022

When visiting with clients, one theme that keeps coming up is the lack of community over the last two years. To rectify that void, Kush is going to host a series of small happy hours. Our goal is to provide designers an opportunity to unplug and unwind with peers.

We hope that you and your team drop in for a cocktail on Thursday, October 27th from 4:30 - 6:30.

Invite your favorite rep, or vendor. Let's get back to building connection in the in the design community.

Goodbye Zoom & hello phone-free FaceTime!


Thank you Portland Design Community! October 14 2022

Thank you to the interior designers, architects, vendors, reps, and Kush supporters that helped celebrate the opening of our new space! After three moves and a substantial build out, we hope to be at 1826 NW 18th ave. for a very loooooong time. 

One of the great joys of being a part of the design community is hosting and attending trade events. Stump-town is a city of creatives, makers, mold breakers and trend setters. We are grateful to play a part in the talented, vibrant, Portland design scene. There's no where else we would rather work, live and build a business in. 

Team Kush looks forward to seeing you at the next soiree!


Opening Party & Stark Launch August 16 2022

Kush invites you to celebrate our new showroom & Stark launch party.

Thursday, 9.22.22 at 5pm.

It's going to be Kush-tastic (especially if you're there)!!!

 


Seeking--- Radical Rug & Graphic Designer to join Team Kush! July 06 2022

is recruiting a part time, or freelance graphic designer. The position could be full time with additional responsibilities.

Rug and Graphic Designer 

The Designer for Kush Rugs is responsible for creation of custom artwork, production management, and development of marketing materials. This role works closely with our sales staff and their clients (High-end Interior Designers + Architects) as well as ownership to develop thoughtful and dynamic rug designs. Specific roles include, but are not limited to: 

Artwork Creation 

Produces custom artwork for residential and commercial specifications based off of mood boards and inspirational images. Works closely with sales staff to ensure custom designed products to exceed client expectations. Meets with ownership and sales team to develop new stock design in qualities for various producers semi-annually. Engages with visual artists to develop their designs into high-end products. 

Production Management 

Designs production-ready artwork to share with producers. Answers any questions related to custom and stock orders between operations manager and vendors in Asia. Develops new weaves/dye techniques to implement with vendors overseas. 

Marketing 

Collaborates with ownership to schedule print/email marketing campaigns that are dynamic and engaging to high-end clients. Creates any necessary marketing materials in-house. Advises ownership on typographic decisions.

Qualifications:

  • At minimum Photoshop. Ideally Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Must be detail oriented and deliver polished work on a time frame.
  • The ability to learn new programs.

email resume to brian@kushrugs.com


Art Tower Lobby Rug May 17 2022

Architecture: Ankrom Moisan
Interiors: Vida Design
Built adjacent to Portland’s Artist Repertory Theatre, Art Tower is inspired by Portland's eclectic creative community. The building features an oversized, stage-like lobby that hosts live music, theatrical performances, and art installations.
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In collaboration with the brilliant crew at Vida Design, our creative team conjured the lobby rug design entirely by hand.
Pure custom design always takes at least a few takes...
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A black and white palette allows the dramatic pops of color in the space to sing, all the while firmly while grounding the space.
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The subtle tonal shifts in the field of the rug (aka abrash) are quite deliberate. We used our signature "space dye" technique to ensure depth of color and a vibrant base.
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Simply (and dramatically) beautiful
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We've MOVED! Book online with Michael or Sean to get a tour of our new trade showroom. We can't wait to show you around.
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Don't Forget!
trade program. We're to the trade only, so get yourself hooked up!

Want Woolly Watercolors? (say that fast 3 times!) March 30 2022

Shaggy wool rugs

Love shag? We know you do!
Let's get SHAGADELIC with an updated Kush fave.
Our Watercolor Collection is a refined, tailored, Mongolian wool shag. Butter-soft, plush and resilient, Watercolor has an updated vibe that feels and looks fresh!
 
Dogs love shag area rugs!
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Custom Rug Milestone February 25 2022

 

When Kush Rugs opened in 2005, we never imagined we'd hit custom rug #3,000 +.

Early custom projects were simple. Clients chose existing rugs, selected fresh colors, and scaled the design to fit the space.

As designers became comfortable with the process, they started requesting original and adventurous artwork.
To best serve the trade, we invested in staff, materials, graphics programs and traveled overseas to build a network of ethical and reliable producers.
 

With design library of over 7,000 unique renderings, we can curate a selection for you, or collaborate to generate inspiring new work.

LET'S TALK CUSTOM!

RESERVE A CONSULT WITH MICHAEL, OR SEAN


Saltwood North January 11 2022

Early last year, the ever creative team at Sera Architects approached us to collaborate on common area rugs for their Saltwood North project in Portland's vital Slabtown area (not far from our soon to be new home!) 

From the initial, wholly creative brainstorming meetings to the nitty gritty science of color and construction selection, rug development is a complex story. It's like a young, idealistic friendship that, over the course of a lifetime, grows into a solid and enduring camaraderie. 

Inspired by the warm geometry of Swedish design and textiles, while ever committed to the earthy tones of our fair city, we turned to two rustic yet flexible productions in India to create these completely custom designs. 

 

The interplay between rug design and rug construction can not be overstated. Over the years we have expanded our capabilities throughout the South Asian weaving belt to allow us to specify just the right weave and materials for every project that crosses our threshold. For Saltwood North, we needed durability to withstand the traffic of a commercial space, and a roughhewn knotting style to ground the simple geometric designs. We decided to work with one of our more far flung producers in the India. Incidentally, the place where we met this little angel...

It took a lot of meetings and design work and a round or two of samples, but we couldn't be more impressed with the final product. We hope you agree, this is an installation to write home about. 

 

 


We Evolve November 15 2021

So, you’ve heard that we’re moving and changing our business model. But you have questions! Here’s the rub:

We are in the thick of the buildout of our new space: a big, empty warehouse at 1826 NW 18th just two blocks from the old Bedford Brown, 1 block from Globe, near Kravet and Linde. We will have off street parking and almost 6000 square feet to play. It’s not a lot to look at yet but we’re working hard to make it as beautiful as can be, which these days especially, takes a little time. We are still operating in our same space in the Pearl for now, literally bursting at the seams. Our hope is to move in January. Please cross all your fingers for us! 

 

 

 

 

Owner Rebecca & brand ambassador Tommy checking out the progress at new Kush!

 

 

 

 

As you may know, we are evolving to a trade only model. Over the years we’ve been working more and more with interior designers and architects, and the pandemic has only hastened that shift. I hesitate to use the word pivot-- it’s been such a pandemic buzzword it almost makes me cringe, so evolve is my word of choice here. We are evolving. We have evolved.

Trade clients- you can expect the same dedication to service, quality, and integrity you’ve come to expect over the years. Our new model will allow us to protect your business, expand our private label designs, refine our wholesale programs, and develop our Designer Reserve collections. Stay tuned for more on this.

Offering tailored custom work for residential and commercial projects takes time and focus, and is what we love to do. We will be working diligently with our producers to ensure your custom concepts exceed your expectations. But you also need stock, and in our new space our stacks will have even more room to grow and shine. 

While we are still in our Pearl District space we will continue to service retail clients. Our shift to the trade-only model will commence when we move.

Thank you for your ongoing support over the last 16 years, and for allowing us to provide you with solutions for even the most challenging applications. We appreciate you.

Onward!