When Alicia Keshishian was ready to expand her textile art business to include rugs in 2004, she contacted RugMark, to ensure a partnership with weaving facilities that are child-labor-free. Alicia, who now runs Alicia D. Keshishian’s Carpets of Imagination with her husband Bill Bramblett, believes the love of color and texture are in her DNA. Her lineage includes a long line of accomplished artists on both sides of the family, and her Armenian-born grandfather was a renowned Oriental rug authority who, in 1907, founded Mark Keshishian & Sons, operated to this day by Keshishian’s uncle and cousin in the Washington, D.C. area.
To Alicia, a rug is an ideal medium for creating a living piece of art. Each piece is custom designed, reflecting a client’s sense of style and beauty. Each rug is custom made, to order, and the design process is collaborative. The clients, their designers and architects are directly involved with the process of creating a distinctive, personal carpet. Alicia offers a limited collection of designs, approaching each new project with a fresh eye, so that an existing design can be adapted or a new design may evolve. Each project begins by examining color options and patterns, then the size and shape of the space.
Alicia’s carpets of imagination are handmade in Nepal with the finest Tibetan wool obtained from high-altitude sheep. This wool produces a very strong yet soft fiber that is rich in natural lanolins and delicious to walk on. Incorporating silk adds a rich luster and luxury to the carpets.
Alicia’s 25 years of experience includes work as an art director, designer and illustrator. She launched her career in San Francisco and then moved to New York City, where she worked in the fashion industry, publishing, music and crafts. Along the way, she won prestigious awards, including Society of Publication Design, Communication Arts, Art Direction’s Creativity, Strathmore Printing Gallery, Pica and Louie. Between jobs and coasts she spent two years as an artist-in-residence exploring surface design at the Penland School in North Carolina.
She started Alicia D. Keshishian Carpets of Imagination in 2005 with her husband Billy Bramblett, who brought extensive business expertise to the venture after spending 35 years in the natural foods business as the founder and creative force of Wildwood Natural Foods.
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