Major Move On the Horizon

March 2017 update
Posted by Robert Mann, March 19, 2017

When the City of Denver told us they were buying our building, whether we liked it or not, we imagined all sorts of things, good and bad.  What we never imagined was how slow and complicated the process would be.  Last fall we were sure we’d move by spring.  Now spring is here and all […]

A Fragment of Unknown Origin

Posted by Robert Mann, February 22, 2017

The idea that tiny tattered fragments of old carpets is interesting may seem strange to some people. But for students of early carpet weaving, small scraps are practically all that exists. Textiles are ephemeral; they get used, they fall apart. Visit a museum with a good collection of old rugs and you are not likely to […]

Reconstructing a Missing Area in a Pile Rug

Posted by Robert Mann, January 31, 2017

Holes in handmade rugs can be re-woven. It takes skill and the right materials, but is not as complicated as one might imagine. The work is mostly sewing – it’s not really weaving – and is done entirely by hand. Progress is slow. A good result depends on successfully controlling a range of variables.  Color, […]

Hand Work

Posted by Robert Mann, January 18, 2017

  There was a time when everything was made by hand. There was no other way. Skills were refined as they passed from one generation to the next. It is a continuum drawing to a close. Work that was once common and essential survives today as art or craft, or has disappeared entirely.     […]

Jameh Mosque

Isfahan, Iran
Posted by Robert Mann, December 26, 2016

The Jameh Mosque is just off the enormous main square at the center of the old city in Isfahan. Originally built in the 8th century, re-built in the 11th, and continually renovated since then, the mosque is a mix of architectural styles. The size and grandeur of the place is daunting, but wandering around the […]


Posted by Robert Mann, December 12, 2016

  I recently spent two weeks visiting historical sites and touring rug weaving facilities in Iran. Arriving in Shiraz, we were met by our host for the trip Reza Zollanvari. Reza’s family is famous for having produced a line of Gabbe carpets that defined the market in such goods in the US and Europe for the […]