Spotlight On: Kush Handmade Rugs
Kush Handmade Rugs, in Portland, Oregon, is the creation of Rebecca Leurie and Brian Robins, who offer an array of GoodWeave® certified rugs.Appreciating the opportunity to educate and promote fair labor practices, Rebecca says that "GoodWeave gives our gallery a voice when we purchase rugs. Much like our clients, we are voting with our dollars to encourage producers to uphold the GoodWeave standard."
Rebecca and Brian bring a balanced yin/yang perspective to their eclectic gallery. Rebecca is drawn to bold colors and adventurous designs, while Brian prefers rich earth tones and simple, clean lines. "We think of ourselves as an art gallery first," says Brian. “A rug serves a utilitarian purpose, but above all else it should evoke a gut level response that cannot be fully quantified. Ideally a rug chooses you."
In addition to offering heirloom quality, one-of-a-kind pieces from all over the world, Kush excels in creating custom rugs. Architects and designers confronting challenging floor plans all benefit from the flexibility of Kush's services. Working in harmony with GoodWeave weavers in Nepal, Kush can modify existing designs and create pieces from something as simple as a pencil drawing or as complex as a splashy oil painting. Rebecca, who relishes the opportunity to create unique carpets, points out, "Often the hardest aspect of a custom project is refining one's vision, because the possibilities are as infinite as imagination itself."