Art in Concrete
Waterworks recently unveiled the Promenade line of handmade, individually pressed concrete tiles. The concrete is made from a combination of natural elements such as crushed limestone, sand, water and aggregate. The decorative Fleurette tile incorporates aggregate tile with shimmering mother of pearl (using material that is actually waste from the button industry). Visit www.waterworks.com.
Barn Wood Reborn
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors salvages antique siding from historic barns. Typically a mix of pine and hemlock, its antique barn siding is carefully removed and then graded for color and structural durability. Each wood plank is milled to bring out a rich, rustic patina. Planks are available from five to 12 inches wide. Visit www.wideplankflooring.com.
California-based Alicia D. Keshishian, a former art director and illustrator, now fashions custom rugs that are handmade in Nepal. Keshishian’s grandfather was an Oriental rug authority; she grew up surrounded by the vibrant patterns. Keshishian’s whimsical designs, such as Onnie, are made with the finest Tibetan wool and often incorporate silk as a lustrous accent. She also participates in RugMark, an international non-profit dedicated to ending illegal child labor. Visit www.adkcarpets.com.
Walk on Glass
Glass tiles have become commonplace in bathrooms, so why not use them on floors throughout the home? Nathan Allan Glass Studios Inc. of British Columbia creates glass flooring in tiles as small as 12 inches square and in sheets as large as seven by 12 feet. A safety finish provides subtle texture on the surface. Tiles come in six iridescent colors including FL Green Mist, FL Bordeaux, and FL Marine Blue. Visit www.nathanallan.com.
Furniture and accessories company Cobble Court Home has launched its first rug collection, designed by Rob Rizzo in collaboration with emma gardner design. The collection includes hilst, which puts a fresh spin on a classic geometric motif. All rugs are hand-tufted of Tibetan wool and are RugMark certified. Visit www.cobblecourt.com.
Pop Art for Floors
emma gardner design reinterprets classic motifs using new “pop art” color combinations in a line of bold, brightly colored rugs. They are hand-knotted of Chinese silk and Tibetan wool and come in standard and custom sizes. Spray is pictured in chocolate/blue; it’s also available in eggplant/pepper. All rugs are RugMark certified. Visit www.emmagardnerdesign.com.
Ann Sacks recently unveiled Mesquite Knot floor tiles, crafted entirely from Texas mesquite wood, a durable and renewable resource. By cutting the wood on its radius, the manufacturer achieves a random pattern that reveals the tree’s rings and natural irregularities. Visit the Web site www.annsacks.com.
Black & White
Part of Karastan’s Sierra Mar Collection, Kismet offers a new take on typical black-and-white. The rug features a sensuous, winding scrollwork motif in pure black vividly set against a rich ivory background. The rugs are woven with pure New Zealand worsted wool. Visit www.karastan. com.
More than 30 natural stone products from around the world recently made their debut at Charles Luck Stone Center in Sterling, Virginia. Among the many that are exclusive to Charles Luck is Arcadia tile from Italy. The linear marble-and-travertine mix is available in multiple color palettes. Visit www.charlesluck.com