People

Rebecca April 07 2018

Rebecca was born with wanderlust, guts, and a love of culture. Before she was even 24, she spent 9 months in Senegal, backpacked through 7 countries in West Africa, and traveled solo for a year through South and Southeast Asia (including a job at a reggae bar in Malaysia). Since then, independent travel has remained a steady priority in her life.

She gets her entrepreneurial spirit from her parents, and after trying out a couple small scale importing operations she discovered rugs. The creation of Kush Rugs has allowed her to fulfill her vision of supporting traditional industries while bringing home to share the crafts that inspire her. All while traveling!

Perfect PDX Day:
At least 3 leisurely cups of coffee. Long walk with Jeff (link to Jeff bio) some place where there's trees and flowers and birds. Home cooked brekkie with her backyard chicken eggs. A good hot yoga class, some gardening, dinner and an awesome bottle of Italian red at Pizzeria Otto with her family.

Dream Trip:
Starting in Alaska, she’d travel across the Aleutian islands, traversing the Bering Strait to Kamchatka. Maybe a week on that peninsula and then an overland journey down the eastern coast of Russia to Vladivostok to hop on the Trans-Siberian express. All the way to Moscow. She’s been dreaming of this trip for 15 years!

Cats or Dogs?
There's no substitute for the loyalty, smarts, dedication, and pure joy of dogs. She loves them. All of them.

Brian April 06 2018

When Brian moved from Chicago to Portland, he answered an ad in the Oregonian for a rug washer, fell in love with rugs, and has worked in the field ever since. Twenty plus years later, he is still romanced by the art and craft of rugs. Outside of the gallery, he loves to spend time with family, reading, and singing karaoke. Oh, and some say he plays a mean game of ping pong.

Perfect PDX Day:
Two cups of black coffee, a work out, followed by a leisurely brunch at Industry. (There is more coffee.) In the afternoon, a family outing to PGE Park to cheer the Timbers to victory with a local IPA in hand. That night Grandpa watches the kiddo, so Brian and his wife can dine out. The perfect day is capped off by belting out karaoke at the Ambassador. (Ideally there is a nap in there somewhere.)

Dream Trip:
Brian loves to travel to source rugs! He loves the people, the food, and the adventure of searching out the perfect piece, or the right partner to make a original Kush design. Outside of work trips, he is most relaxed on a quiet island under a palapa, half reading, half sleeping, the lulling sounds of the ocean in the air. Zzz...

Cats or dogs?
Ummm… both! Brian has a German Shepherd named Luka who watches over the house and a Lynx Point Balinese named Nora, aka ‘the Duchess”. Nora will play fetch, but puddy’s main talent is cuddling.


Sean April 05 2018

A Houston native with a background in fashion and personal styling, Sean was one of those kids who would constantly rearrange and paint his bedroom. After a stint as a personal stylist, he moved to Portland in 2014 where he has enjoyed working in interiors ever since. Design in any form is vital to his being, he loves working with clients and helping them find that perfect piece. Custom rugs are a personal favorite because it allows him the freedom to help design the perfect rug for any space - whether it's a living room or a hotel lobby.

Perfect PDX Day:
Start the day with a couple of Americanos and his all time favorite breakfast sandwich at The Hazel Room in SE Portland. The "Bacon Is My Jam" is absolutely his jam. Follow that with a day of bouncing around the city, finally either cooking dinner with friends and baking something for dessert or going out for a giant plate of sushi or bowl of pho. Throw in an episode or ten of Frasier at the end of the day-- perfect!

Dream Trip:
Taking a train around Europe absorbing the history and painterly scenes, stopping at all of his pied de terre along the way. With Beyonce.

Cats or Dogs?
Dogs by far. He loves their individual personalities and couldn't live without both of his doggos!

Max April 04 2018

Born in the Midwest, Max grew up in the rug business, cleaning and repairing rugs at his family's gallery. Before coming to Kush Rugs he studied Graphic Design at Loyola University New Orleans. His designs are informed by traditional Persian/Armenian rugs he saw while working in his grandfather's shop, in conversation with modern methods and contemporary art.

Perfect PDX Day:
If the sun's out, Max is moving. A walk in his neighborhood, a bike ride to the river, or maybe a voyage on the Portland Spirit. If it's raining, a trip to Portland Art Museum or the movies.

Dream Trip:
Visiting historical sites in the Middle East, exploring the urban landscape in Japan, touring India--in any case, it would start with being able to sleep on an international flight.

Cats or Dogs?
Dogs. Max moonlights as a pet support human.

Nathan April 03 2018

Discovering rugs rather by accident, Nathan was immediately hooked. Both the love of the craft and the relationships and friendships keep him excited to come to work everyday. When he's not in the gallery or your office or living room you can find him in the kitchen with his family. Simmered, sautéed, or sous vide-- he's always experimenting with something new.

Perfect PDX Day:
Brewery patio, riverwalk, SUN.

Dream Trip:
SE Asia with his teenage son Eli, exploring, eating and getting to know the locals.

Cats or Dogs?
DOGS

Lindsay April 02 2018

Lindsay is the newest member to Team Kush, where her history in admin meets her love of art, beauty and creativity. She moved to Portland from Southeast Alaska to escape the rain, cold, and gloom – she assures us it is epically better here. She loves the hustle and bustle of the Pearl by day and her quiet SE neighborhood in the evening.

Perfect PDX Day:
Lindsay lives for drinking coffee on her sunny back porch, while watching over her growing garden and her buzzing bees. An afternoon of walking around Division with her daughters, looking for rad finds at Artifact or The Foundary, and then a midday snack and a glass of Rosé on the sidewalk of Division Wines. An evening of alfresco dining with her family and friends with grilled veggies from her garden. A perfect ending would be some ice cream at Cloud City- she is obsessed with the sunshine flavor (she and her 7-year-old daughter Mae say it’s the best ice cream in Portland, AND there’s no line!).

Dream Trip:
Africa - flying into Johannesburg and exploring her way to Kenya.

Cats or Dogs?
She adores other people's dogs. Not-my-dogs are her fave. And kittens. Please give her a kitten.

Jeff April 01 2018

Jeff hails from California. Like so many before him, he thought he could make it big there, that he would be a star. Alas, rejection after rejection started to cast a pall over his naturally joyful heart. Living on the streets of LA isn't easy for a small brown dog, so one day he followed a group of kids to elementary school, figuring they'd give him some love. Jeff adores kids. In the playground of the school he was swooped up by animal control and taken to a shelter. He didn't like the California shelter, but luckily he was sent to the Oregon Humane Society on a bus and he wasn't even there one day before he found his new family.

Jeff loves his job. He works at Kush nearly every day and has been promoted multiple times. Officially VP of marketing, currently he sidelines as photography assistant / model, and head greeter.

Perfect PDX Day:
Trip to the park for some running and some fetch, treats, naps, snacks, fetch, scratches, naps, trip to see his dog pals, running around with them, fetch, dinner, naps, scratches, treats, snuggles, bed (more snuggles).

Dream Trip:
Veracruz, Mexico, for the food, culture, and beaches.

Cats or Dogs?
Unfortunately, Jeff’s family has two cats and this has proven to be an ongoing struggle. But he’s always working on improving himself and his relationships, and he’s sure that one day those cats will just go away so that he can be his best self.