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:
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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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.
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...
A black and white palette allows the dramatic pops of color in the space to sing, all the while firmly while grounding the space.
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.
Simply (and dramatically) beautiful
trade program. We're to the trade only, so get yourself hooked up!
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!
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!
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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.
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.
Although it has not been widely covered, Nepal has been struggling under a severe Covid surge . One of the poorest countries in the world, Nepal has little resources to provide for the population effected by this crisis, and so smaller groups are stepping up to do what they can.
Weaving Dreams , a grassroots organization based in Kathmandu, has worked for several years to assist the weaving community with essentials such as childcare, education, sanitation, and, since the onset of the pandemic, Covid 19 relief. In our ongoing effort to lift our producers and their communities, Portland based Kush Rugs began supporting them with monthly contributions in March of 2021 .
To date, the team at Weaving Dreams has distributed rice, lentils, PPP, cooking oil, and access to hand-washing facilities to many weavers and their families. They need our help to continue this important work.
Here's the Gofund Me link. Let's make a positive contribution together!
Azer was inspired by an antique kilim, which we translated into a knotted rug construction. Woven in Nepal, the design may be specified in custom colors and sizes. Interior design by Vida Design.
Even after 15 years, we still get excited seeing our work recognized in print. Here's our mid-century modern rug titled "Koopa Disco" in Rug Insider Magazine. As we're fond of saying, "Thanks for the rug love!
Interior design by JHL Design featuring our Eavan traditional rug.