Extreme Makeover Without Going to Extremes

Instantly transform a room from the ground up. Shown here, Nourison’s Nourmak area rug creates a traditional feel and the same room with a more contemporary rug from the company’s Elements collection.

Think an “extreme makeover” project has to include a sledgehammer and general contractor? Well, interior design does not always have to include knocking down walls or expensive construction.

One of the easiest ways to change an interior is to start with new area rugs, which go far beyond merely providing covering for a floor. They can serve as the impetus for a new color palette and decorating scheme, changing the entire look and feel of a room without breaking the bank. From traditional Persians to transitional styles, to contemporary works of art, there are more styles to choose from at every price point than ever before.

“Today’s designs have a level of sophistication that just wasn’t available in the past,” says Joyce Lowe, a veteran industry design expert, and VP Area Rug Sales for Nourison, the world’s largest manufacturer of handmade area rugs. “Just about any design type is now available in nearly every construction, with textures, carvings, and fiber mixtures that create striking highlights and pattern details.”

Are you a traditionalist? Choose an heirloom quality hand-made rug from the Nourmak collection, hand made of rich New Zealand wool, or Nourison 2000, highlighted with pure silk-accented designs. Want a living room that’s sleek and modern? A designer rug from Calvin Klein home, rich in texture, color and style, can provide the starting point.

Color is of course, a huge component of a room’s décor and should be chosen with care. “A basic rule of thumb in interior design is to select one neutral tone and two brighter accent colors that combine in a pleasing way,” adds Lowe. Transitional and contemporary rugs from Nourison make choosing accent colors easy because world-class design teams have already selected colors that work well together. Simply pull and match colors from the field of design details.

“Your choice of accessories should complement the décor,” says Lowe. Wall colors, window treatments and accessories are important to a good redesign, none of which need be expensive to change. Toss out old curtains, candles and other accessories from your old room and bring in high fashion pillows, and other accents in complementary colors and styles. You’ll be surprised at how dramatic the change will be.

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets
has a wide variety of traditional, contemporary and transitional area rugs. Futhermore, the showroom offers a wide range of price ranges with the ultimate in flexibility in terms of size, construction and design. With over 70 manufacturers represented, Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets surely can assist you with finding the perfect area rugs for your home. Brands include Karastan, Nourison, Masland, Company C, Obeetee, Feizy Rugs, InnerAsia’s Gangchen’s Carpet of Tibet, Merida Merida, Fibreworks, Fabrica, Stanton, Couristan, Delos, Rugs International, Lamontage and more.


Lamontage Area Rugs for Indoor & Outdoor Use

Read more about Lamontage area rugs HERE


Featuring over 70 name brands of carpet, area rugs, wood floor and specialty flooring products.
Brands include Karastan, Masland, Nourison, Stanton, Fabrica, Richard Marshall Olde Boards, Carousel, Robertex, Woolshire, Bellbridge, Kane, Dixie Home, Company C,
InnerAsia Gangchen Carpets of Tibet, Feizy Rugs, Delos Rugs, Radici Carpets of Italy, Missoni, Royal Dutch, Unique Carpets, DMI Cork Floor, Seasons Woven Vinyl.

Our showroom has an extensive selection of seagrass, sisal, jute and abaca that can be used for area rugs or wall to wall installation

Liora Manné Creativity Expressed With Lamontage Area Rugs


LIORA MANNÉ is a talented and sought-after artist designer with a love of color and a desire to push the artistic envelope into uncharted territories. A native of Jerusalem, Manné’s artistry is expressed through unique and intricate textile designs that are finding a welcome home in the casual leisure world.
“I have always loved textiles,” Manné said. “I have worked with batiks, screen printing, tie dying, and now layering and blending.” This love of textiles was honed at North Carolina State University School of Design where Manné received a master’s degree in textile design and engineering. Following graduation, Manné worked for fabric converters as well as in research exploring printing methods for apparel knits.
In 1980, Manné moved to New York City to design for the fashion industry while continuing to experiment with textiles. As a result of her experimentation, Manné created a unique new textile she named Lamontage.
“It is a color blending process that is different from anything else out there,” said Manné. “Lamontage is a unique combination of layers hand-created through a non-woven technology.”
The blending is accomplished through a needle-punching technique that also blends colors into unique designs and resulting hues. “I am lucky in my process,” Manné said. “We may start with 40 yarn colors and then with blending, we can create endless colors.”
The process is described on the designer’s Web site as “breaking the boundaries of traditional textiles and creating a unique textile with unlimited possibilities.”
First developed for use with rugs, Manné’s innovative process and products received numerous awards when introduced. Interest from companies seeking to utilize Manné’s technique soon followed. In 1997, Liora Manné entered into a licensing agreement with Trans-Ocean Inc. to design rugs in more conventional mediums that included her EVERYWEAR indoor/outdoor rugs. Currently, she does design and license her process for other applications when they meet her criteria. “I only want to see my view adding richness and happiness to life,” Manné said. “It is not to add to clutter.”
At a recent textile market, Manné once again was creating buzz. “The latest development is the adding of textures to make the pieces dimensional,” Manné said. “Taking something to the next level is challenging and a challenge I welcome on a daily basis.”
Goldfish swim”Goldfish swim across textured outdoor pillows, which complement one of Manne’s playful outdoor rug designs for Trans-Ocean.” To keep the excitement rolling, Manné looks to various sources for inspiration. Within her New York City studio, she is surrounded by color; but when asked what inspires her she has additional items on her ready list. “A few things inspire me. Nature, it is so great to look outside. Light is inspiring. I like art and collect art; it is always inspirational and provides excitement. Historically, architectural artifacts inspire me.”
With all this inspiration, it is hard to imagine this designer’s creative spark ever needing to be charged; but for this, Manné simply replies, “I open my eyes and look at the world.” It is that outer world that welcomed her rugs and textiles and it is the outdoors again that continues to provide additional opportunities.
A growing line of applications for Lamontage, and its artistic and practical features, continues to be a source of great pride for Manné as well as a base for additional products. Recently, upholstery fabrics were introduced, utilizing the same process and characteristics of previous Lamontage products. “The textiles are for use inside and outside,” Manné said.

HEMPHILL’S RUGS & CARPETS in Costa Mesa, CA offers the collection of Lamontage indoor/outdoor area rugs, pillows, place mats, coasters and accent furniture.