Custom & Special Orders
We believe that hand-knotted carpets, which are superior in both beauty and durability, provide the best value for one-of-a-kind carpets. A motif from your interior design elements, or even a child's artwork, can provide inspiration for a carpet design. Or use one of our existing designs as a starting point for your carpet, adding your own personal touches. We will work with you to provide as much or as little assistance as you need to create the perfect carpet for your space.
- Cost: $53-60 per square foot for carpets; $195 per linear foot for runners
- Timeline: Usually 5-7 months
- Made in northern India by GoodWeave-certified adult artisans
The cost of a custom carpet in our Guildcraft standard construction (New Zealand wool, knotted to a cotton warp with traditional asymmetric knot) based on an existing design is $53 per square foot. The cost of runners is $195 per linear foot. (Anything less than 46” wide, and more than 74” long is considered to be a runner for production and pricing purposes.)
After we determine the basic measurements and requirements of your order, we'll provide you with a quote. A deposit of 50% of the quoted price is required to begin the process, which starts with a digital rendering of the design for your approval.
Once the artwork has been reviewed and approved, the actual production process will begin. We will provide periodic progress reports and, when possible, photos of the carpet on loom.
This process typically takes about six months; you will be given a timeline specific to your carpet when the order is placed.
Since the carpet is produced to client specifications, all sales are final; however, if the finished carpet is not as specified in the contract, another carpet will be woven.
All our carpets are produced in our GoodWeave-certified weaving workshops supervised by managers whom we know personally. This way, we can ensure that our strict labor and quality requirements are followed.
As always, please feel free to contact us if you have questions, or would like more information.
If you have different material or structural requirements, such as crossed-weave Tibetan knotting, silk highlights, etc., contact us to learn more about our bespoke services.
More examples of custom area rugs
Below- An English Rose Hall Runner runner based on an original design by Arts & Crafts Interior Designer Karen Hovde. This project involved 4 area rugs, with the hall runner being just one piece. We used two green colors with a salmon accent from our historically authentic arts & crafts color palette. Here the rug is shown in a home in MN that was built by American Prairie Homes.
1 Rug in 2 Rooms ~ Here is an excellent example of how the same Arts & Crafts rug design can work equally well in two completely different rooms. Carefully chosen colors and a classic Voysey design means this hand-knotted rug works in both a contemporary living room, or a more traditional Arts & Crafts style room. Special order Tulip & Lily from the GuildCraft Carpets Arts & Crafts Collection.
Below- Ardmore in Black, 9x12. This carpet was made for the Chicago Athletic Club in the early 1900's by Donegal Carpets in Donegal Ireland. We have a book showing original artwork and we copied it exactly from that. We chose the colors for our versions though. Ardmore is available in 3 basic color-ways: Black, Red, or Moss Green.
Below- Sold at the 2012 Twin Cities Arts & Crafts Show in St. Paul. A custom made rug from our long ago Donegal Legacy Collection. This is an original design from Donegal Carpets of Killybegs, Ireland circa 1895. Mighty oak trees in the border and a simple, repeating lattice in the field, with Green and a Plum color so dark it looks brown. I don't think a rug design can get more English Arts & Crafts. This rug, named "Banks" is now at home in St. Paul, MN. In this lovely pic, the flowers on the table match those in the rug- beautiful.
Below- Carrick Nocturne 6x9 rug designed by C.F.A. Voysey. We made only a few of these and they have all sold out, but they can be special ordered.
Below: Glen Mona 1 (Summer Colors) in both a carpet and a runner. Designed by Archibald Knox. Although the Glen Mona 1 is a made-to-order carpet, the price is still $44 per square foot in all standard sizes (5x7, 6x9, 8x10, 9x12 & 10x14). We stock the Glen Mona 2 (Fall Colors) so there is no wait for the fall colorway- the same $44 per square foot price applies.
Below is the Archibald Knox design Kymric in the summer colors, but woven as a runner, created as a set to go with the standard sized 6x9 carpet above.
Below: A Custom Music Room Carpet, The Fintona in Mohair Wool
In case anyone is wondering whether we really do live in a global village, and if the world is flat, we offer the following story.
Once upon a time, there was an architect in New York who saw one of our luscious mohair rug samples, and decided that it would be perfect for one of their projects. The client required a distinctive hand-knotted carpet for a rather stately room with some challenging architectural constraints.
After intensive consultation and discussion, the architect contracted with us to produce the carpet. Although we have the capacity to do design work in-house, we asked our Irish partner, Donegal Carpets, to graph the design for weaving. The client had selected one of Donegal’s oldest documented designs, generally referred to as the Fintona, and he liked the idea that the artwork would be produced by the venerable company. While Colm drafted and graphed the design in Ireland, we worked on the wool and color specifications in our Minnesota studio.
After the design work was done and the colors approved, we were ready to purchase the wool and begin the dyeing and weaving. Mohair is a specialty fiber, the fleece of the Angora goat, and most commercially available mohair comes from South Africa, with minor production in Australia and Texas. However, during the interim when the design work and coloring was being done, an Italian textile company had bought up both the currently available mohair clip and mohair futures, which caused the market price of mohair to double.
Despite the difficulties, the intrepid architect and client decided the soft, lustrous, incredibly gorgeous mohair was what the project required, and nothing else would satisfy. How to obtain a sufficient quantity of mohair, when someone else had bought it all, is a story all its own. Suffice it to say that we were able to obtain the requisite quantity of mohair, at a predictably exorbitant price.
So, we have a company in New York commissioning a firm in Minnesota to produce a carpet in India from design work created in Ireland, using a specialty fiber sourced from South Africa, whose world market price increased dramatically due to the actions of one company in Italy. It’s not quite like a butterfly’s sneeze producing hurricanes a month later, but you get the idea.
Undaunted by the prospect of bad carpet karma based on all the preceding events, we went on to the weaving stage…. but not without some trepidation. The radial curve needed to shape the carpet requires a degree of precision that’s technically difficult for the hand-knotting process to achieve. However, we thought that between the architect’s detailed calculations, the meticulous design work, and daily oversight of the actual weaving, we were up to the challenge.
Today the carpet is still in the music room for which it was designed, bringing beauty and comfort together from around the world.
Below is a picture of the carpet on loom:
Postscript: A Brief History Lesson
Design information and history courtesy of Christie’s:
Location: New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Sale Date: December 15, 2004
Lot Number: 142
Hammer Price: $62,140
A DONEGAL CARPET
The design attributed to the Silver Studio, woven for Liberty & Co. c. 1900/1905 The maize field with an enlarged trellis of red-russet leaves, golden vinery and sky blue flower clusters overall within a similar border of bold leaves and flower blossoms. Approximately 18 ft. 8 in. x 14 ft. 10 in. (569 x 432 cm.) Provenance: Christie’s London, April 11, 1990, lot 186 Literature: Malcolm Haslam,Arts and Crafts Carpets, 1991, p. 121.
A carpet to this design was exhibited by Liberty & Co. at their “Irish Carpet Exhibition”, held at the Grafton Galleries, London in March 1903 (see photograph above, reproduced from The Studio 1903, Vol. XXVIII, p. 286.) Fifteen Donegal carpets were shown at the Grafton Galleries; the short contemporary report in The Studio comments that ‘these Irish carpets possess technical qualities identical with those of the old-fashioned Turkish and Persian rugs and carpets. Like their eastern prototypes, they are hand-woven and hand-tufted, and they display an individuality which no power loom could produce.’ In his 1991 book Haslam describes the present design as the “Fintona”. Haslam later suggested that, based on the descriptions from the unillustrated Liberty booklet, Irish Hand-Made Carpets,published shortly after the Grafton Gallery exhibition, this name actually referred to another design. (See footnote to Lot 153, Arts and Crafts and Architectural Designs, Christie’s New York, December 12, 1992.) The attribution of the design to the Silver Studio is well supported on stylistic grounds, and bears comparison to known designs from the Silver Studio, several of which have been attributed to Archibald Knox. cf. A London Design Studio 1880 – 1963.The Silver Studio Collection, 1980, pp. 103/4, no. 199