This is the market where we bought our wool in Konya, Turkey. Shepherds who lived within 100 miles of this market would come to sell their wool here and then rug makers and all sorts of wool dealers would then buy it. Believe it or not, people from all over the world would come to this market.
This month we are thrilled to introduce our very first collaboration with one of our favorite companies, Heath Ceramics. The Peace Industry for Heath Collection is a capsule collection that includes rugs, baskets and choobs, which take their inspiration from Heath Ceramics’ signature tiles and color patterns. As one of San Francisco’s most beloved makers of crafted goods, Heath Ceramics is a company that we have long admired given our shared commitments to creating well-crafted, sustainable and beautiful products.
The collection, which grew out of a friendship between Melina and Dodd from Peace Industry and Catherine and Robin from Heath Ceramics, launches September 23rd at Heath Ceramics’ Los Angeles and San Francisco showrooms. A special Pop-Up weekend will take place September 23-26 at the Heath Ceramics LA showroom and Melina and Dodd will be in Los Angeles on September 24th from 2:00-5:00pm for a reception to celebrate the collection. We hope to see you there!
Learn more about the collection and what inspired it in this special interview with Melina and Cathy…
What attracted you to doing a collaboration with Peace Industry?
CATHERINE BAILEY: All of our collaborations grow out of long relationships and this is another example. After years of living with Peace Industry in my home and countless conversations with Melina and Dodd about their business and my love of their products, the time finally felt right to work together. Years ago it made sense to focus our energies on supporting them and their products. But now, as we’re working to extend Heath’s aesthetic vision and values further out into the home to furniture, the rugs fit in perfectly.
We’ve found that the best collaborations are where everyone brings something to the table creatively, and this collaboration is a perfect example. Our design/color perspective pushed Melina in a slightly different direction than she would likely have gone on her own. And she brought to the collaboration her understanding of the materials and craft, and the graphics that would work best. In the end, this is what made these new designs original and interesting and perfectly in keeping with the Heath aesthetic.
What inspired the designs for the collaboration?
MELINA RAISSNIA: The inspiration came from Heath tiles, wallpaper, and colors. We share a very similar design approach driven by patternmaking using simple, geometric forms that express the specific limitations of our respective methodologies. Making a felt rug is similar to making a collage and then shrinking it, so the patterns need to be repeatable and simple. This results in quite a lot of overlapping of our design approaches, which made this project feel natural. We also share an earthy, West Coast palette making our collections very compatible, and the tactile surfaces of baked earth and pressed wool are a perfect match.
How long have you been a fan of Heath Ceramics and what attracted you to working with them?
MELINA: I have been a fan of Heath Ceramics since I learned about them when Catherine and Robin took over the reigns more than a decade ago. They have been a huge inspiration for me and for so many others in the craft community because of their commitment to design, quality, community, and sustainability. They have been extremely supportive of us and to so many emerging artists and artisans that it is truly an honor to be working together.
How long have you been a fan of Peace Industry’s?
CATHERINE: I first spotted Melina and Dodd’s rugs back when they had their first storefront in Hayes Valley, probably about 2004. I was drawn to the piles and piles of rugs that were unlike anything I’d ever seen before. They weren’t woven and the colors and graphics were distinctive and original. At the time, they had a video in the store showing how the rugs were made in the workshop in Iran. I was always thinking about how and where products were made, about scale of manufacturing and craft and its integration into communities. Melina and Dodd’s manufacturing story was really inspiring to me. From the small-scale manufacturing of an almost extinct craft that they brought back themselves to the uniqueness, beauty and integrity of the rugs, it all came together so wonderfully. I was really encouraged and inspired by the parallels with what we were trying to do with Heath at that time.
What do you like most about the pieces in the collection?
CATHERINE: These new pieces have a great balance between beauty, texture, originality, and integrity. They are magical in their ability to pull together many different styles in a room, which is exactly what you want in a rug.
MELINA: What I love about the collection is how well both of the rugs look side by side in my living room. I also love how much the Slice rug looks like one of my paper collages. We all seem to be geometry nerds.
Ibrahim rolling wet marine and indigo-dyed wool which will be made into felt for the patterns.
Please join us at Peace Industry this Sunday for a Crochet Jam and artist's talk with, artist, Ramekon O'Arwisters. Ramekon will demonstrate the simple technique and provide all of the materials. At the end of the jam, all of the pieces will be linked to create one single work of freeform textile art. Ramekon will talk about how and why he started this project, which is fascinating, inspiring, and uplifting.
Crochet Jam engages the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. Crochet Jam—a public, art-making event that's embracing and inclusive, with no attempt made to dictate the creative process nor judge the finished project—is meditative, liberating, and empowering.
Ramekon O'Arwisters started Crochet Jam in 2012. His social-art practice is rooted in a cherished childhood memory that's steeped in the African-American tradition of weaving in a calm and non-judgmental environment without rules or limitations.
GET TICKETS This is a free, community event.
Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT) - Add to Calendar
Peace Industry - 2235 Mission Street commercial unit, San Francisco, CA 94110 - View Map
Introducing our Ikat collection. In stock now. This new design was inspired by the process of exploration with patterned, geometric curves. Come see our current exhibit of block printed textiles by Miriam Dym.
Sunday July 17th 2-3pm
In conjunction with the exhibit of New Textiles by Miriam Dym at Peace Industry
Please join us at Peace Industry for a talk and demonstration by Miriam Dym who will share her block print techniques. Learn about how and why she started printing and the evolution of her process which is rooted in environmental concerns addressing consumerism.
"Printing locally is an important part of what we do. While this is partly about brave notions of providing jobs and opportunity in our community, and making sure that whoever works here is well treated, it turns out that having design and production under the same roof has allowed us to practice radical research on the designs themselves."-Miriam
Opening reception Sunday July 10, 2-5pm
An exhibit of New Textiles by Miriam Dym at Peace Industry.
We are so excited to welcome Miriam Dym working under the label, Dym California Textiles, to our family of Peace Industry local crafters. This exhibit formally launches a relationship that we hope will grow through the years. Peace Industry rugs and Dym California Textiles are a natural fit, sharing a love of color, texture, and sustainability.
WHAT: Opening reception for Miriam Dym. An exhibit of new textiles.
WHERE: Peace Industry 2235 Mission street SF, CA 94110
WHEN: Sunday, July 10th at 2-5pm
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Please join us to celebrate the new work of Miriam Dym working under the label, Dym California Textiles. Miriam makes hand block-printed textiles in Berkeley, California, combining the ancient craft of block printing with intuitive mathematical modeling, Dym's workshop generates fresh, rich patterns by following flexible algorithms. Utterly hands-on, the process engages the minds and bodies of the printers, whose sense of play comes out in the textiles' beauty.
Refreshments and snacks will be served on the deck.
It is so nice when when we receive pictures form happy customers. Our rugs are designed to play nice with their surroundings and add comfort, color, and character. What do you think?
We are having so much fun getting ready for the embroidery workshop this Sunday. We will be practicing basic stitching and knotting on felt. If you are interested in signing up for future embroidery workshops, subscribe to our newsletter on the contact page or email us at email@example.com
Guest Designer Series//Opening Reception Tonight 6-9pm
Our own Kelly DeFayette is showing a new body of work as part of the Guest Designer Series at our very favorite women's clothing designer, Lemon Twist, at 3418 25th St. @Mission in San Francisco. The show will be on view June 17 - July 29.
Please join us for beverages tonight.
Sunday, June 26, 2-4pm
You are invited for a hands on demonstration of our favorite embroidery techniques. Explore the versatility of felt. Learn how to embellish, renew, reinvision, or just repair with different stitching techniques. If you own a Peace Industry rug you can flip it over and create yours own one-of-a-kind rug at home. Or, simply embellish an existing design by adding a pop of a trendy color. Materials are provided. Participation is FREE and your creation is your to keep because we love you that much. Space is limited. This workshop will be led by Melina Raissnia, lead designer and cofounder of Peace Industry.
Where: Peace Industry 2235 Mission street SF, CA. 94110
When: Sunday June 26th 2-4pm
This large Bracelet rug being made will be cut in to 2'x2' tiles because we received so many requests for, "little, tiny rugs." I imagine these will be placed next to beds or in bathrooms to cushion and warm our chilly feet.
Littlebox rug, charcoal/gray/cream
This Jupiter rug is done in mushroom with cream. Mushroom is a layer of gray over nutmeg which gives a richness and depth to the color.
Stitching the Willow pattern. It's so easy and fun. It doesn't damage the felt and can be removed and reapplied to change or add to the design.
We are proud to be featured in the first issue of Habitat Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle's new Home and Style Magazine.
8'x10' mushroom with spring and nori
I am so grateful for the opportunity to represent an ancient Persian rug tradition in the White House during the annual Nowruz celebration. It was an honor I will never forget. The graciousness of the Obamas was so heartwarming. Thank you Michelle for the invitation! Peace and love!
The letter is posted below. The invitation is for the Persian New Year or, Nowruz, celebration. It is next week. I-am-so-excited is an understatement. I hope to get some good pictures but, I don't know if I'm allowed. Wish me luck!
January 17, 2016
Dear President Obama,
Thank you! I am incredibly grateful for your bold leadership with engaging Iran and implementing this historic nuclear agreement.
I would like to share with you how this agreement has effected my family. In 2001 my husband, Bamdad, and I started a business importing a very rare type of Persian rug almost entirely unknown to anyone, made from felt. In Iran, the tradition is known as, namad. It has been practiced by Central Asian nomads for thousands of years. After traveling throughout Iran researching and establishing relationships, we built a very successful small business with a flagship store in San Francisco and a workshop near Esfahan that made felt rugs that I designed.
When the sanctions on rugs were put in place we were faced with closure or relocation of production. We chose the latter and Bamdad flew to Istanbul with no leads. He ended up staying for three years. We basically had to start over in a country whose language we did not speak. Our son, Rahim, and I joined Bamdad a year later in Konya and I took on the job of translator. While we were living in Turkey, we followed the news of the nuclear talks very closely. When it looked like the sanctions had a chance of being lifted, we made plans to move the production back to Iran. Having our workshop located in Iran is a source of great pride for us and we are still pinching ourselves that this has come to pass.
My personal story aside, the JCPOA is an astonishing achievement and it gives me hope for our collective futures. Leadership that takes a long view and can get through the political hurdles, as your administration has done, is even more rare than Persian felt rugs. Congratulations are in order. I am a huge fan of Michelle and I wanted to send her and your lovely family a rug as a gift but, I was told that that is frowned upon. I hope that when you furnish your next home you will consider purchasing a Peace Industry rug with the friend and family discount.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.
The Zipper collection was inspired by the rafters in our house. The shape is exaggerated and layered to form a pattern that feels like an object. This is a design that lends itself to bright colors and seemingly random color combinations.