Texture lovers rejoice! Today D has gathered a sensory smorgasbord of tactile goodies from the portfolio of one of my favorite textile artists, Rosemary Hallgarten. The Rosemary Hallgarten brand all began with a few rugs in the late 1990s, when Rosemary left her job in advertising to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a designer and maker of rugs. Since that time, Rosemary’s collection has grown to include not only rugs, but everything from luxurious fabrics, plush throws, pillows, and even scarves. While it doesn’t take much to see the inherent beauty in her designs, Rosemary has a fascinating behind the scenes story when it comes to how she runs her business – which from the beginning has been guided by two simple, if ambitious, goals; one – to provide sustainable product to her clients and two – to support textile artisans in indigenous cultures.
Today, the Hallgarten line is produced from the following sustainable sources: 1. Peruvian Alpaca fur, harvested from alpacas that roam freely and are shorn only once a year, 2. Tibetan wool, harvested from Himalayan sheep, 3. Tibetan Cactus, Nettle and Hemp fiber, produced entirely by hand in Nepal – these botanicals are the most environmentally friendly materials available in rug design today, and 4. Brazilian Cotton, Wool, Rustic Silk, Banana, Leather, Jute and Sisal – all harvested by local farmers without damage to indigenous forests. As for the weaving – the majority of Rosemary’s products are hand-made by Peruvian, Nepalese and Brazilian craftspeople who carry out the dyeing, tufting, knotting, weaving and embroidery in the comfort of their own homes. No child labor is used in the production of any of Rosemary’s products and she is actively involved in a number of related philanthropic projects. And now on to D’s selection of favorites…
Rosemary’s Foam Alpaca Boucle Fabric is ideal for pillows, bed covers and upholstery. It’s ‘more durable than cashmere and double the luxury’.
Stonehenge – an ultra plushy rug made of alpaca/wool and alpaca boucle fibers. How irresistible?!
Rosemary’s ombre scarves made of baby alpaca fur are available through AHAlife ($210). The ombre pattern is also available in throw form, as well as in swaths of alpaca linen fabric, which makes for stunning curtains.
The Suri Fur Pillow is made from the finest quality alpaca fur in the world. No alpacas are harmed in the making of these pillows.
Part of Rosemary’s new collection, the Shadow Stripes Throw is made from hand-finished and brushed baby alpaca fleece. Ultra light yet warm – these nautical-inspired throws are perfect for year round use.
The Ultra Boucle collection of pillows and throws.
Hot off the presses, and part of Rosemary’s most recent collection, are these Ombre Silk rug tiles. Composed of handwoven 100 knot silk, the tiles are available in custom colors, sizes and may be arranged and re-arranged to suit your space and mood. Fun, practical and beautiful!
In sum – a successful business, a gorgeous line of products and a process that cares for the land, animals and people involved in its production is no small feat, and certainly a model of inspiration to us all. See and learn more about Rosemary Hallgarten and her products at rosemaryhallgarten.com.