Brian Robins and Rebecca Lurie are the dynamic business partners who own and operate Kush Rugs in Portland, Oregon. Self-described as a “labor of love,” Kush is the manifestation of the founders’ pursuit of that basic, yet elusive goal: Do what you love! The gallery offers a fresh perspective on a centuries-old art, representing modern, traditional, tribal and custom work from all over the world. This is Robins’ own account of part of that perspective.
Kush Rugs is known for fashion-forward, edgy adverts. We are often asked which ad agency designs our campaigns, and people are shocked to learn that most of our promotional work is produced in house. Team Kush brainstorms a theme, plans out the art direction, and, of course, selects the perfect rug to tie the visual mosaic together. The end result is not just an ad, but a story that speaks to clients who are looking for rug ideas from our point of view. People may also be surprised to hear how little we spend to put together magazine-quality ads. Our mantra is, “Spend a nickel, make it look like a dollar!” You too can achieve this. Here’s a glimpse inside our process.
We are delighted to have been chosen as a 2018 Gray Awards Finalist.
Portland 1911 was inspired by a vintage map of Portland Oregon and designed by owner Rebecca Lurie. The rug was hand knotted in India with an oxidized wool background and a silk design. Portland 1911 may be specified in several different qualities and may be custom colored and sized.
Being based in Portland, we of course have a natural affinity for our fair city, however we would be happy to collaborate on a city of your choosing.
Designed with ski buffs in mind, this Himalayan wool rug hand-knotted in Nepal brings the beauty of winter’s winding slopes indoors. Deemed the “Ski Bowl Taupe” rug—one of over 2,000 woven designs found at Kush Handmade Rugs in Portland, Oregon—this eye-catching piece features a figure-eight shape and geometric lines for a refreshing take on the centuries-old art. Better yet, it’s Mother Nature-approved: Each Kush rug is made entirely by hand with sustainable, chemical-free materials and environmentally friendly dyes. 6’ x 9’, $5,950; kushrugs.com
I’d like to stir up your creative juices by sharing a few things that spark mine. When something catches my eye, I find it exciting and motivating. From the avant-garde to the conventional, one of the best parts of my job is experiencing the work of others.
In previous months, we have looked at things in the natural world that continually inspire me but, for the sake of this blog entry, it is the inspirational work of other artists that I will share with you today. Incorporating the incredible work of other craftsman—from many disciplines—into our own vision, is a gift to a designer.
One style that catches me as well is the abstract, especially in furnishings. From accessories to fine art, there is no limit here. It is the use of color and texture that give a strong and sophisticated appeal to a room. This handmade wool and silk floral abstract rug from Kush Handmade Rugs is intriguing and I appreciate the Asian sensitivity to it.
This rug from Kush was featured at this month’s Dwell on Design here in LA. It is beautifully crafted and even if it doesn’t fit into your own home, what a great work of art. You had to see this.
Thank you to Lauren Jacobsen Interior Design for the kind words. Read her entire article here.