New Carpet Collections: Common Threads & Native Legends by Jan Kath Design


In collaboration with Jan Kath Design, we are thrilled to present two new carpet collections, Common Threads and Native Legends designed by Kyle Clarkson. The collections highlight an extraordinary range of both hand-knotted and hand-tufted carpets inspired by the extensive and diverse collections at two of our noted museums. 

Select rugs from the Common Threads collection and two examples at the bottom of  the samplers that inspired their designs. Click thumbnails to view larger.

The darning samplers from the Museum of International Folk art that served as design motivation for the Common Threads Collection date to the late 18th and early 19th century and come from various European countries including Germany, England, Belgium and Sweden. Created by young women learning how to mend worn places and holes in cloth used for domestic garments and household items such as curtains and tablecloths, these delicate and rather small works of art feature a variety of woven patterns thoughtfully recreated in patches of colored thread on a linen ground cloth.  The resulting samplers and their woven carpet inspirations feature a breathtaking and modern woven tour-de- force rendered in miniature.

The Native Legends Collection is equally magnificent in both the artistic perfection of the inspiration source and its brilliant redesign by Kyle Clarkson. In New Mexico, there are 19 Indian Pueblos or villages. Each Pueblo has a distinct identity expressed through its customs and artistic traditions. Pueblo pottery is such a tradition,one of the most distinctive and long-lived crafts – over 2000 years old – found amongst the North American Indian cultures. The tradition lives on in the children of the artists whose pots inspired the Native Legends collection. Utilizing local clay and vegetable based-slip or “glazes,” the Pueblo pottery color palette features browns, reds, white and black. In designing the modern interpretation, Clarkson chose to feature a myriad of vibrant contemporary colors that bind the present to its storied past.

Select rugs from the Native Legends collection and some of the pottery and basketry that inspired their designs. Click thumbnails to view larger.

Concurrent with Domotex, the Frankfurt-based rug and carpet trade show, both collections were introduced January 14, 2018 at a private event at the Jan Kath showroom in Bochum. The collection will be available for viewing at Jan Kath showrooms and through exclusive partnerships in six continents and 54 countries. For more information click here.