The Nura Tapestry

Posted by John Bonath, March 8, 2023

Intro by Robert Mann One day about twenty-five years ago, a local carpet dealer named Lew Bobrick walked into my shop with a small French tapestry.  It was terribly soiled and loosely tacked to a wooden frame with rusting nails.  He said, “this was designed by an artist from Kansas City named NURA.  Her signature […]

An Interview with
Ahmet Opcin

a visit to Denver from Turkey
Posted by John Bonath, December 23, 2022

This is Ahmet’s sixth trip to the US over the last 20 years.  During his recent visit he met with customers and friends and spent time at Mann Rugs in conjunction with the ARCS 2022 Rug-A-Polooza conference. It was a good time to catch him for a blog interview.   Growing up in Istanbul, Turkey, […]

2022 Annual Rug Sale

a documented event
Posted by John Bonath, December 10, 2022

December 3rd, 2022 This year’s annual rug sale at Robert Mann Rugs was a great day for those attending to ruffle through many beautiful rugs, tapestries and odd fabric items from all times and places and sit down to a delicious home-cooked lunch.  No one ever knows what they will run across as they browse […]

ARCS 2022 Rug-A-Palooza Conference

Association of Rug Care Specialists
-hosted by Robert Mann Rugs, Denver, Colorado
Posted by John Bonath, November 21, 2022

November 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2022 Let the Conference Begin! On the first day of the conference four speakers presented stories from their lives in the rug industry. Dr. Ted Mast Ted’s passion for rugs began as something of an unexpected epiphany.  He finished his B.A. in Art and Art History at Metropolitan State College […]

Perry Pearce
Needlepoint Artisan

photos and story by John Bonath
Posted by, September 26, 2022

Perry Pearce’s pop-up studio might appear in his living room one day and his sun-room the next.  Such is the advantage of a portable loom.  But do not be fooled by his small working space, the cubic space he occupies is filled with a very dense with concentrated work energy.  On a productive day, he […]

Restoring Navajo Blankets in Turkey

by Robert Mann
Posted by John Bonath, September 2, 2022

Does sending a mid-1800’s Navajo wearing blanket all the way to Western Turkey for restoration sound odd?  At one time, It was a strange idea – but not anymore.  Textile restoration is skilled hand work. It requires the right materials and a technical understanding of the weaving being restored in terms of structure, fiber, materials […]