Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Shadow Flower Blooms at our Bucks County Mill

Here in the Northeastern United States, flowers—first daffodils, tulips and crocuses, soon lilacs and irises—are popping up in gardens, pots and parks this time of year. It’s cherry blossom season, too. Blossoms have also popped up at Langhorne Carpets.

Just in time for spring’s apex, the Bucks County heritage carpet mill introduces Shadow Flower, a new looped pile broadloom botanical from the design team at Langhorne. The running line comes in six timeless color ways.

Wispy blooms of white and yellow, white and dark green and white and coral repeat on three pale green backgrounds. Pale green and white flowers repeat on a backdrop of sky blue. Gently contemporary, black-and-white flowers appear on both gray and white backgrounds.

Interior designers will find Shadow Flower an organic fit for bedrooms, garden rooms, solariums, living rooms, even dining rooms. Although the pattern has serendipitously appeared in season, Shadow Flower has year-round longevity.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Alexander Stadler and Langhorne's Collaborative Carpet

Spring has sprung at Langhorne Carpet Company, and the vibrant colors of a
new release by author, illustrator, artist, shop owner and designer Alexander
Stadler have gone “on loom.” The debut carpet is a brilliant marriage of heritages
for Langhorne, a historic Bucks County Wilton Jacquard mill established in 1930,
and Stadler, who has designed textiles for Donghia, Jack Lenor Larsen, babyGap
and Comme des Garçons.

Stadler and Langhorne’s collaborative carpet features a Mexican-inspired
geometric pattern “Josephine.” Josephine is comprised of varying-width stripes
interlocking in a motif that pairs gorgeously with slender stairways and hallways
of city spaces, naturally designates uses in open-plan lofts, and feels right at
home in both Arts & Crafts and contemporary interiors, from “doormat to
ballroom,” says Stadler.

Speaking of doormats, smaller rugs will soon be available for individual sale at stadler-Kahn, Alexander Stadler’s renowned Rittenhouse Square shelter boutique in Center City, Philadelphia. Currently, the shop is showing bright and more neutral samples of the pattern for custom orders.

Stadler named the Langhorne-woven carpet design “Josephine” after the late Josephine Albarelli, an art collector and longtime Philadelphia Museum of Art docent. Albarelli compiled a deep variety of vintage striped Mexican textiles when she lived in Mexico City in the mid 20th Century.

Many of these Latin American creations shared a structural weaving system with Jacquard Wilton looms – based on 19th Century models guided by a deck of hand-punched Jacquards (the forerunner of computer punch cards) – that Langhorne workers used to weave carpets for nearly a century. The design is an homage to one of
Philadelphia’s most beloved arts patrons.