Morocco's Treasures

Morocco has been home to expats for centuries, and the mystery of what awaits across the Atlantic continues to draw people there today. The magic of this colorful place, where spies, criminals, and writers once took refuge, appeals to a thirst for adventure and escape. We dream of visiting to feel immersed in a world that no longer exists - to see what Paul Bowles saw and wrote about. The brave ones stay and live and produce masterpieces. The rest of us await our turn. 

 In Arabic, Morocco means "far west" or "where the sun sets." and the imagery of the fiery setting sun reminds us that this westward country is a land of entrancing color where groups of buildings, and even whole cities, are painted in jewel-like tones, Marrakech is the red city. Chefchaouen, blue.  And Fez is a magnificent green. The hues that resonate from the Atlas Mountains, the mighty Sahara, and the titanic coast line add to the rainbow that is colorful Morocco.

In the 1960's, The Rolling Stones went on holiday to Morocco in search of musical inspiration and found the music of berber men, a fusion of African and Arabic, to be just the remedy. Morocco was to the Rolling Stones what India was to the Beatles. The trip originally began as an escape from the confines of England's Press (and coincidentally some drug charges) but eventually stirred up some major changes for the band. When Brian Jones, the band's original frontman and founder, became aware of bandmate Keith Richard's secret relationship with his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, a downward spiral began.  Jones fell into a mania, accompanied by a serious drug problem, and he eventually went back to London and was replaced in the band by Mick Taylor. What happened to the rest of the group after their dramatic and inspirational time in Morocco? They spread their unique sound across the globe and created legendary albums like Exile on Main Street, and Sticky Fingers.     

Morocco has been a point of inspiration for legends in the design world as well. Jacques Grange was an interior designer to Francis Ford Coppola, Valentino, and Francis Pinault, to name a few. One of his longest working relationships was with Yves Saint Laurent, which continued for more than 30 years. It was Laurent's final home in Tangier that Grange considered to be a revelation. The simplicity within the interiors was unlike any other Laurent home - the place was not full of antique collectibles, renaissance bronzes, or walls of paintings. Grange stated, "For the first time in his life, Yves wanted a restful, open, happy environment - not a treasure palace." Grange carried influences from Morocco into many of the interiors he worked on, inspiring other designers to follow suit. 

An interior shot of Yves Saint Laurent's Tangier home. 

An interior shot of Yves Saint Laurent's Tangier home. 

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 Grange was blazing a trail back in the 80's but Moroccan rugs have become something of a trend these days. Many companies offer rug reproductions inspired by the different Moroccan tribes. Design elements such as the lozenge, chevron, cross hatching, and x-shapes are all characteristic of traditional Berber motifs. Modern day replicas are catching to the eye, but there is nothing like the material and quality of vintage Moroccan rugs.

Today, many new Moroccan rugs are made in a more mass produced way for the market. They use machine spun wool that is processed as opposed to pure wool combed from the weavers own sheep. Berber men and women would weave these rugs for themselves with materials from their backyards, and because of the high altitude, the wool is much fluffier. This personal touch is another reason why Vintage Moroccans are far more superior. Along with the quality you feel from a vintage Moroccan rug is the warmth and wonder it gives to a room. The sumptuous shaggy texture compliments contemporary and modern interiors as well as traditional ones.  

Each unique piece reminds us that these rugs, like our homes, have a personality - a story. The Berber people did not have a written language, and stories were passed down through motifs in textiles. Our Creative Director, Joseph Carini, is a collector of Moroccan rugs and has been acquiring special pieces for over a decade. This collection is finally available for purchase and can be viewed on our website. All of our Moroccan rugs are housed in our New York showroom, where our sales team can help you with questions about pricing and shipping - find your Moroccan inspiration here

Highlights from Carini Lang's Moroccan Collection

Highlights from Carini Lang's Moroccan Collection

Rizzoli Bookstore's New Home

When Rizzoli Bookstore closed its doors last year after 30 years in its 57th street location there was quite an uproar in the neighborhood. The iconic building was adorned with high vaulted ceilings, a gorgeous chandelier, and an old world feel that is fading fast in New York City. The owners of the building - The Vornado Realty Trust and the Lefrak family - have decided to demolish the building to make way for a new high rise.  Before the building could gain status as an historical landmark, the Rizzoli Bookstore had to pack up and relocate. On July 27th, Rizzoli's new location in a Flatiron building on Broadway and 26th opened it's doors. This will be the bookstore's third location in Manhattan since their beginning in 1964. 

To commemorate this new page in Rizzoli's history, the head of Rizzoli, Charles Mier, has asked Andre Leon Talley to dress the new bookstore window. Talley is the former editor-at-large for Vogue, and is known for being a front-row staple at fashion shows. With only ten days to complete the look, Talley immediately knew he wanted to include Manolo Blahnik, whose new book Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions will be published by Rizzoli this September. The idea was to represent a book hoarders dream and the warm cozy feeling you get from being surrounded by stacks of books. Featured in the window are lacquered trays by John Derian, pieces from Gucci's fall collection, and looks from Vivienne Westwood. Some of the books Talley chose to include in the window are works by Tolstoy, Truman Capote, Andy Cohen, Flaubert, and Frederick Douglass.     

Andre Leon Talley's window display. Photos Courtesy of Vogue 

Andre Leon Talley's window display. Photos Courtesy of Vogue 

Biographies, novels, and manuscripts alike are a direct inspiration to us here at Carini Lang and themes, colors, and imagery from favorite books frequently influence and appear in our carpet collections. Whether it's textile studies, color theory, or reading our own clients' latest books; there are fresh ideas on every page and there is always a satisfactory feeling when you finish a good book. Rizzoli was always a sanctuary for those looking for inspiration, and we are happy they have found a new home to continue their journey. Before this post turns too nostalgic, we would like to share some of our favorite Rizzoli book covers with you - inspiration awaits!

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All of these books were published by Rizzoli and can be purchased either online or at their new book store location.

 

 

The American Icon: Donna Karan

Donna Karan during her time at Anne Klein 

Donna Karan during her time at Anne Klein 

Donna Karan is the quintessential designer for American fashion and has completely changed the way women dress. After 31 years as Chief Designer of Donna Karan International, Donna Karan announced on June 30th, 2015 that she would be stepping down from the legendary role.  She will now direct her focus on her Urban Zen Initiative, which she founded in 2001. She will still be an advisor to the DKI brand but the company will not be showing this September at New York Fashion Week. 

Donna Karan has been transforming the fashion world since her earliest days in the business. Before she launched her own company in 1984, Karan was one of the first designers to release a lower-priced secondary line with Anne Klein - a move she repeated with DKNY in 1988. Besides creating her "seven easy pieces" wardrobe, which made going from work to a chic night club a piece of cake, she became the first designer to use stretch fabric. Her designs are practical, empowering, and womanly - a recipe for success. 

Stephanie Seymour for Donna Karan

Stephanie Seymour for Donna Karan

Donna Karan's 1989 collection

Donna Karan's 1989 collection

'In Women We Trust' Ad Campaign

'In Women We Trust' Ad Campaign

Nicole Kidman in Donna Karan

Nicole Kidman in Donna Karan

Donna Karan 2001 campaign

Donna Karan 2001 campaign

Michael Phelps and Caroline Trentini in Donna Karan

Michael Phelps and Caroline Trentini in Donna Karan

Donna Karan in the early 70's

Donna Karan in the early 70's

Everything I do is a matter of heart, body and soul.
— Donna Karan

In 1992 Donna Karan's fresh take on an Ad Campaign titled 'In Women We Trust,' followed a woman on the campaign trail. The model was shown being sworn into office, with bodyguards, giving a speech. Karan stated to New York Magazine, "It's simply a statement that when times are bad - and this country is in trouble - you turn to the motherer, the nurturer." Karan continues to break the mold and fight for issues she holds close to her heart. In 2001 her husband Stephan Weiss passed away from lung cancer and from this tragedy Karan started the Urban Zen initiative to raise awareness about heath care. Urban Zen creates, connects, and collaborates to inspire change around the world.

Carini Lang has been a part of the Urban Zen Holiday Marketplace for two years now and has had the chance to develop a relationship with Donna Karan. It has been a pleasure for us to discover what a wonderful person Donna Karan is - a rare, beautiful, thoughtful person that you don't think to encounter often in the fashion industry, or even in everyday life. She is a woman who has decided to leave her high fashion post for one that is empowering cultures, and encouraging artisanal work. Those around her can feel the positive energy she carries and there is a sensibility and invisible strength within her.  Carini Lang wishes her great success on her next inspiring adventure!        

Carini Lang's graffiti rugs and cashmere shawls at the 2014 Holiday Marketplace

Carini Lang's graffiti rugs and cashmere shawls at the 2014 Holiday Marketplace

Donna Karan with her daughter Gabby, son-in-law, Gianpaolo De Felice, and granddaughter Stefania

Donna Karan with her daughter Gabby, son-in-law, Gianpaolo De Felice, and granddaughter Stefania

#DoGoodFeelGood 

https://www.urbanzen.com

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life

Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait 1940

Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait 1940

This Summer the New York Botanical Garden's blockbuster exhibition of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life examines her intense appreciation for botanicals and her love of Mexico. Visitors and Frida fans get the chance to experience the artist from a "botanical" point of view. Along with over a dozen original paintings and drawings by Kahlo the reimagined gardens transport you to Kahlo's studio and Mexico's natural world. Kahlo's paintings come alive as visitors walk through plants and surroundings that influenced the artist and were featured in her work.

Images from the exhibition 

Images from the exhibition 

Celebrated set designer Scott Pask, known for the sets of 'The Book of Mormon,' and the Botanical Garden's Monet exhibition, has approached this exhibition with the goal to bring Mexico to New York City. Pask incorporated elements from Casa Azul, Blue House, where Kahlo was born and lived with Diego Rivera until her death. Such elements include a reproduction of a bright yellow and red pyramid Diego built for their home in Mexico, terra cotta planters, and cobalt blue walls. You can see plants such as calla lilies, sunflowers, dahlias, marigolds, and bright yellow flowers from the Jerusalem thorn tree.

Self Portrait, 1940

Self Portrait, 1940

           Photos courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden

           Photos courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden

This is the first solo exhibition on Frida Kahlo in New York City in over 25 years, and is the first one to focus on her personal interest in the botanical world. The New York Botanical Garden continues to focus new exhibitions around monumental figures and helps to tell their stories through nature. We look forward to following along as they further explore the significant relationship between people, plants and their surroundings.

This exhibition will be on view through November 1st, 2015.  

http://www.nybg.org/frida/

Design Legend: Billy Baldwin

Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style
— William Baldwin

William Baldwin Jr., also known as Billy Baldwin, was a New York interior decorator, characterized as the 'Dean of Interior Decorators'. Baldwin's work was neat, tidy, polished, and above all American. Baldwin knew how to mix the old and new flawlessly and he always incorporated furniture pieces that his client already owned. He firmly believed that a decorator's job was to create luxurious comfort that suited his client's personality. Baldwin's clients included Diana Vreeland, Cole Porter, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Paul Mellons. 

Baldwin's bold and beautiful aesthetic remains relevant through each decade, inspiring all of us to choose quality, comfort, and to always keep in mind our own style above everything else. 

Take a look at our Pinterest board to dig deeper into the colorful world of Billy Baldwin.

https://www.pinterest.com/carinilang/billy-baldwin/  

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

The Brooklyn Museum is showing an exhibition completely focused on Jean-Michel Basquiat's notebooks. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Basquiat was a self taught artist and at an early age showed immense talent for drawing. Inbetween dating Madonna and selling his first work to Blondie's Debbie Harry, Basquiat was the youngest artist to showcase at Documenta in Kassel, Germany at the age of 21. His career quickly took off and he became known for his cross-cultural interests and his distinct interplay of text and images. Unfortunately at the young age of 27 Basquiat passed away from a drug overdose.  

This exhibition emphasizes the use of text and imagery in Basquiat's art, and provides insight into the importance of writing in the artist's process. 

Images from Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks 

Images from Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks 

The notebook pages on display contain early renderings of iconic imagery such as tepees, crowns, skeleton-like figures, and grimacing faces. The drawings in these notebooks also appear throughout his large-scale works.     

Early on in his career, Carini Lang's Founder and Creative Director, Joe Carini, was inspired by Basquiat, the art of tagging, and the inclusion of text in art. When the Occupy Wall Street Movement began stirring in NYC, Joe was motivated to explore these themes by photographing street art and connecting with the artists he encountered along the way. A collection erupted from those collaborations and our 2014 graffiti-art show "Back Against the Wall"  showcased over 20 artists, including DAIN, RAE, JIM JOE, BEAU, STINKFISH, READER and COST.

RAE x Carini Lang carpet

RAE x Carini Lang carpet

Artwork by RAE

Artwork by RAE

COST ENX x Carini Lang carpet

COST ENX x Carini Lang carpet

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and is curated by Dieter Buchhart and Tricia Laughlin Bloom. This exhibition will be on view from April 3 - August 23, 2015.

 https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/basquiat_notebooks

Color Trend: Mediterranean Blue

This year we are seeing more and more interiors featuring the lush hue of Mediterranean Blue. Either used in accent furniture, a vivid wall color, or to introduce a new carpet; Mediterranean Blue is the perfect color for summer.

 Transform your interior to reflect Santorini, Greece or the shores of Portofino, Italy. Create a getaway by stuccoing your walls, or layering carpets to add depth to a room. Mediterranean Blue is a color that works beautifully in both contemporary and traditional interiors. Check out our color inspiration below and we hope it inspires you!

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Here are some Carini Lang carpet designs to get you on track for creating the perfect Mediterranean getaway in your own home: 

 Solid Silk                                                    Coco Drum                                          Dots                                                                 Fishskin Blue                                           Dip Dyed Indigo

 Solid Silk                                                    Coco Drum                                          Dots                                                                 Fishskin Blue                                           Dip Dyed Indigo

 Capri                                                           Solid Wool                                              Kilim Indigo                                               Zebra Indigo                                      Inverness

 Capri                                                           Solid Wool                                              Kilim Indigo                                               Zebra Indigo                                      Inverness

Carini Lang's Latest Collection

Our new Geometric Collection is here and we want to show you our inspiration behind the striking patterns, colors, and endless options. These designs are perfect for budget oriented projects, adding texture, and a pop of color to any interior.

Nothing creates more excitement then arrivals of new rug designs, especially graphic pieces such as these. Our Collection is visually impactful and characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish materials. We added a modern twist to the collection by focusing on carefully balanced color combinations and enhancing the graphic simplicity within the geometric lines.   

These bold but elegant designs can transform a room, bringing style and personality to a contemporary or traditional interior. The Geometric collection is a part of our casual collection, and can be customized in any color, size, and materials.

Below are a few highlighted designs from our collection! 

For more information contact us at our New York Showroom!

Update on the Carini Lang Nepal Relief Fund!

The women and children we are helping!

The women and children we are helping!

We are very excited to announce we have reached the halfway mark for our Carini Lang Nepal Relief Fund! So far we have purchased materials and are assembling a temporary building that can be used as a work space and a temporary home for a family during monsoon season.

We are talking to local builders right now to determine who will be best for this project. We want to use sustainable, local materials, and design for strength and flexibility.

We are thankful to all who came to support the New Yorkers for Nepal cocktail party that was held at our Tribeca Showroom on Wednesday June 3rd. We are fortunate to collaborate with fellow New Yorkers who want to make a difference in the lives of the Nepalese people. We raised over $7,000! Part of the proceeds will be going toward the Carini Lang Nepal Relief Fund to help rebuild!

 

The funds we are raising for the Carini Lang Nepal Relief Fund are going toward helping a group of women rebuild their business and their village. These women use carpet weaving as a second source of income in order to earn extra money for their children's schooling and household needs. Their studio was damaged during the earthquake and they need our help to rebuild. 

DONATE NOW:

http://www.gofundme.com/clnepalrelieffund

 

Part 2: Carini Lang Nepal Fund

Carini Lang is raising money to help further the relief efforts in Nepal. We are now selling shawls and small area rugs on our e-commerce site, the proceeds are going toward the Carini Lang Nepal Fund. With this fund we aim to provide material assistant directly to the people on the ground who really need it!

We are actively endorsing and contributing to a good friend's relief efforts that have been going above and beyond the call of duty- The Dalai-La Relief Fund founded by Prem Prabhat Gurung the owner and visionary of the Dalai-La Boutique Hotel. He and his team of volunteers are working toward the relief and recovery of the Nepalese people by traveling village by village with much needed supplies.   

Follow them on Facebook as they travel to different villages and hand out blankets, water, tarps, rice, and so much more. Watch them as they document their experiences with touching photographs, and raise money through GoFundMe:  

We encourage you to make a donation to his fund.

Handing out blankets and supplies to people of the Bolde Phepiche Timal Village

Handing out blankets and supplies to people of the Bolde Phepiche Timal Village

By selling some of our artisinal products we hope to raise money for our relief fund. Our shawls and blankets are hand-spun using the finest cashmere and are often dyed with natural botanical dyes.

 For summer we have lightweight shimmery cashmeres that can be taken to the beach or worn out as a shawl on a hot summer night. Others are heavier weaves made for fall and winter wear.

The small area rugs are hand knotted using lush silk and virgin highland wool. Many are made with beautiful jewel toned vegetable dyes. We aim to use the most artisanal techniques to create exotic rugs of exceptional value.      

 

Detail shot of our Tissue Weight Red Tie Dye Shawl

Detail shot of our Tissue Weight Red Tie Dye Shawl

Detail of our 3' x 6' Dragon and Pheonix rug

Detail of our 3' x 6' Dragon and Pheonix rug

Our Tie Dyed shawl is made from indigo and botanical dyes

Our Tie Dyed shawl is made from indigo and botanical dyes

 Our Zuka Design available on our Ecommerce site

 Our Zuka Design available on our Ecommerce site

To shop the items above click here: www.carinilang.com/accessories

Shop now and help raise money for the Nepal Relief!

Dalai-La Relief Fund

The Dalai-La Relief Fund is working hard towards the relief and recovery of Nepal by traveling village by village with much needed supplies. The Dalai-La Relief Fund is the brain child of Prem Prabhat Gurung, the owner and visionary of the Dalai-La Boutique Hotel. Joe and Prem became friends during Joe's stay at the Dalai-La Hotel when the first earthquake occurred. After the earthquake Joe made a contribution to Prem's Relief fund to begin gathering supplies. It should be noted that Prem and his incredible staff took great care of the clients that were staying at the hotel during the crisis. At a time when food and supplies were very scant one could always get a good cup of coffee or a bowl of pasta at the Dalai-La. Prem and his staff were simply amazing! 

Since then Prem and his volunteers have gone to remote villages and brought aid to the people. He has gone out of his way to purchase and gather supplies and distribute food, blankets, water, tents, and toys for the children. 

A Letter from Prem:

"Our team of 12 volunteers left Dalai-La at approximately 11 am on May 8th, 2015 for Dudugaun-7, Kavre. Our relief supplies included tarps, blankets, jackets, medicine, and food supplies for 85 households with approximately 250 people. ...
Although relief aid had reached the village, it wasn’t sufficient.
The village had suffered 2 casualties and 17 houses were destroyed. The people there are still in desperate need of tarps and tents. With the monsoon around the corner, shelter seems to be everyone’s need.
Also, we did keep the children in mind and had taken some balls, which distracted them from the confusion of the distribution of relief. Just a heads up to any team going to help the villages, please take something for the kids such as balls, candy or lollipops, its amazing how simple and easy it is to make these children happy and smile.
Once again, we are sharing the pictures of the relief effort. The pictures would better explain the situation than I ever could.
There is this one particular picture (Last pic) of our team stopping along the way, to assist a group of 7 houses with 35 people in Phalatey Village-1, Kavre. These 7 houses apparently had not received any relief or help. We could only provide a few tarps and food for them. Anyone going to that area please take tarps and food supplies to this group.
A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers and contributors.
“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.” This initiative is our something for somebody, somebody we care.
One Family, One Village at a time…
“We shall over come!!!” "

This letter was written before the second earthquake occurred. Prem is continuing to travel to different villages but he needs help with providing supplies. We ask that you help out the cause and donate to the Dali-La Relief Fund and help to rebuild one village at a time! If you would like to donate please contact us at info@carinilang.com and we will let you know how! In a few days we will have more ways to contribute online.

https://www.facebook.com/dalailaboutiquehotelNepal/timeline

http://dalailaboutiquehotel.com/

Nepal Update

The powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday April 25th, 2015 left a wake of destruction in the beautiful country of Nepal which is so close to our hearts. At the time of the earthquake our Creative Director and Owner Joseph Carini was there overseeing our carpet production.

Although there was turmoil and pain, the people of Nepal had high spirits and are focused on helping each other out during rehabilitation. The photos (below) he took after the earthquake speak for themselves  

 

Above: we brought water to thirsty soldiers who were working very hard in the rubble to save lives and recover bodies.

Joe Carini (center) with water on a rickshaw soon to be delivered to the staff and kids at  Ghar Sita Mutu - House with a Heart.

The Children of the House with a Heart playing outside days after the earthquake. They sleep in tents in the yard and continue with their school lessons outside in the garden. We plan to keep helping them as they need to repair their home. There are a total of 17 Girls and 1 boy at the home presently. But during the crisis the home has given shelter to as many as 40 addition people who needed shelter and facilities.

The Children of the House with a Heart playing outside days after the earthquake. They sleep in tents in the yard and continue with their school lessons outside in the garden. We plan to keep helping them as they need to repair their home. There are a total of 17 Girls and 1 boy at the home presently. But during the crisis the home has given shelter to as many as 40 addition people who needed shelter and facilities.

The beautiful colonial building in this photo was the 1st private school in Nepal. Soldiers pass by on their way to do more relief work.

The beautiful colonial building in this photo was the 1st private school in Nepal. Soldiers pass by on their way to do more relief work.

We bought cookies and Cadbury chocolate to distribute to the children of our weaver- artisans. The kids were really thrilled and they lined up to receive the bounty. There were 40 kids in total and each got lots of goodies.

We bought cookies and Cadbury chocolate to distribute to the children of our weaver- artisans. The kids were really thrilled and they lined up to receive the bounty. There were 40 kids in total and each got lots of goodies.

We are very fortunate that there were no casualties in our immediate family of office staff, dyers, and weaving artisans. However, practically everyone has lost a friend or relative as well as property. This event was Nepal's biggest disaster within memory.  Pictured above are their children enjoying chocolate and cookies. The boy's told Joe that they could sure use a soccer ball! we are sending a few by UPS now.

Below we have listed organizations we have seen in action and endorse for their continuous work in Nepal that we've seen first hand. By donating to these companies your donations will be going straight to the Nepalese people in need.

American Nepal Medical Foundation

ANMF has been working in Nepal for decades and knows the ins and out of Nepal's local hospitals, clinics, and medical personnel. All members are volunteers and all of the money raised goes straight to Nepal. 

http://www.americannepalmedicalfoundation.com

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GoodWeave

GoodWeave works to end child labor and trafficking across South Asia. In Nepal they are able to reach out to thousands of victims and ensure rescue and rehabilitation teams. We have worked with GoodWeave for over a decade and hold a strong relationship with them.

  www.goodweave.org

 

Ghar Sita Mutu

House with Heart was founded as a charity in 2001 by Beverly Bronson, a volunteer social worker in Nepal. Joe Carini has visited the orphanage several times before and seeing the damage to their house first hand he knows how much help they need. 

www. gharsitamutu.com

 

A Letter from our Owner and Creative Director Joseph Carini:

Dear friends,


As I am sure you know, there has been a large and destructive earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday, April 25th. There have been several large aftershocks in succeeding days, and now it seems to be settling down. I have worked with the people of Nepal for over 20 years and hold for them a deep love and admiration. They are kind, friendly, humorous, and always ready to help a stranger in need. They are resilient in the face of great difficulty- and ready to rebuild.
I am in Nepal with them as I write this. The loss of life is tragic.  Now the living who have survived and lost homes and livelihoods need our help.


Carini Lang is committed to helping the people here rebuild their lives.
Our partners and friends here have all survived and are safe- a miracle! But everybody's life here has been effected and there are hardships while work is done to restore basic needs and services.
Our own weaving facilities survived the quake with little damage. We do not expect much delay in our production but we do appreciate your understanding if some delays do occur as a result of this earthquake crisis.


I will be keeping you all informed about the progress of the recovery. We at Carini Lang are sad for the human tragedy and we are ready to help the Nepalese people rebuild their beautiful country.
If you wish to make donations I recommend the following:
GoodWeave- our partner in fighting against child and slave labor. They do great work in Nepal and will see that help gets to the kids they serve, www.goodweave.org. Also, Ghar Sita Mutu- House with a Heart. This is a home primarily for girls who have been abandoned. Beverly, a New Yorker, started the home in 2001 and is making a tremendous difference in the lives of 18 children living on premises and helping many others who come for schooling and training. The Home is in an effected area and can always use support. Their website has their contact info
http://www.gharsitamutu.com/


Thank you for your good wishes and prayers from the people of Nepal.

Sincerely,

Joseph Carini

Carini Lang

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Helmut Newton

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Helmut Newton's genius lies within his women. Known for his sexually charged photographs, Newton's goal was to provide his audience with amusing and entertaining images. Almost always in black and white his images explored fetishes not yet talked about in society. Newton's photographs have been shown in the pages of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and most recently the walls of museums and galleries around the world.

If it wasn't for a beautiful blond girl in Germany who rejected Newton his career would've taken a different turn. This rejection sparked Newton's specific attraction to beautiful Aryan blondes and making them submit to his will. His muses included Cindy Crawford, Charlotte Rampling, and Catherine Denveuve..

His photography, innovative compositions, and love of the exotic inspires us to push the limits and explore the rejected with open eyes.  

BEAU

 

BEAU is an NYC street artist who has been tagging his way across the city for years usually in quick and humorous ways. He also takes time to create in his studio, where he puts together his own canvases - whether it's from drift wood or door panels. His figurative work, which is a favorite of Joseph Carini, is often influenced by Rodin,  BEAU uses mixed media, often painting on doors, tables, sofas, as well as on canvas. Although he doesn't plan on abandoning the street, BEAU sees himself moving toward working in galleries more. BEAU collaborated with Joseph Carini on two carpets for the Back Against the Wall Graffiti Show.

Carini Lang sponsored a solo exhibition for the New York City street artist BEAU back in December 2014. The show RE-POPPING ART brought audiences from all over, dedicated fans, art lovers, and new customers.

Photograph taken by Alex Covo.

INDIGO IN DEPTH

According to Pantone, blue was 2014’s biggest color. More specifically, the prediction was that Pantone’s cerulean hue, “Dazzling Blue” will be the hottest shade of the year. Although indigo is several ticks darker, it will undoubtedly be a popular variation. Pantone was right, and I don't see this love affair stopping any time soon. let's look back on an indigo filled year!

One of the earliest known textile dyes, indigo is on par with black in terms of staying power. Since its discovery in ancient times, it has been universally popular and irreplaceable. It was worn only by royalty and upper classes for some time, and eventually became a widespread wardrobe staple in the form of blue jeans. Although most denim is no longer authentically indigo-dyed, it’s still an important color in the world of textiles and design.

From flooring, to sofas, to curtains, to walls, indigo can be easily incorporated into most any space. Pantone’s 2014 trend prediction will no doubt inspire even more innovative ways to use the color. The bold hue is not for the faint of heart, but it is a rich way to make a statement.

Although it is seen as a common shade of blue today, early indigo dying took meticulous skill and patience to do properly, resulting in rare textiles and garments. After an extensive extraction process, which involved months of underground fermenting in cow or camel urine, the dye was condensed into small cakes of indigo. These cakes were then crushed into a powder, immersed in water, and processed further.

In it’s liquid form, indigo is a bright green color. It is only when dyed fabric is removed from the pot that it takes on its radiant blue hue. Air oxidizes the dye, turning it blue on contact. Much like wine, indigo is a living thing. If not processed and stored properly, its rich color can die off.

Our wild nettle after being submerged in indigo.

Real indigo is processed all around the world – Japan, India, Nepal, Iran, Turkey, Africa, and more – with every region having its own unique practices and uses for it.

Similar to the way that paint coats a surface, indigo creates a coating on fibers. To prevent bleeding, it is important to submerge the fabric multiple times and dry it between dips, building each layer of dye on top of the previous. This process solidifies the color and seals it onto the fiber.

Brand new scarves and blankets

Carini Lang is announcing their shawl and blanket collection is available for purchase online! While visiting our website under the accessories tab our customers can browse through our limited edition pieces and purchase them right from our website. Our collection varies from hand dip-dyed cashmere shawls, geometric patterns, solid colors, and tie dye. Our cashmere is specially picked and spun with as much care and grace as our carpets.  

For more inquires email us at info@carinilang.com   

PICTURE PERFECT PARTNERSHIPS

 “One is very crazy when in love.”
- Sigmund Freud

This week we’re paying homage to some of the 20th Century’s most memorable couples. Remarkable individuals in their own right, these duos lend credence to Aristotle’s oft repeated claim that the whole really can be greater than the sum of its parts.

Whether they were partnerships built on fame, pursuit of power, creative connection, political passions, or good old fashioned lust, every aspect of love seemed to be magnified in these remarkable couples:

There were affairs, public fights, marriages that lasted half a century, ugly divorces, beautiful children, grandiose declarations of love, ménage a trois’, they even divorced and remarried each other! The stars included here were their partner’s muse, ball and chain, rock, beard, the love of their life, arm candy, inspiration, caretaker, business partner and a multitude of other roles which we can only speculate that they must have played in their time together.

Whatever their métier, these relationships inspired some of the most influential and ground breaking work of the last century, pushing their partners beyond their comfort zones creating some of the most soul wrenching albums, the strangest paintings, the most impressive diplomatic feats, and many of the centuries defining ideas.

Few people can make romance look even better than in the movies, and these couples certainly did. Whether they lasted or not, these relationships left an indelible mark on our imaginations, forever giving us hope that love might be as extravagant (and stylish!) for us as it is for them.

John F. Kennedy and Jackie O.

The couple that set the gold standard for American class, glamour and success, with a heady dose of infidelity and tragedy.

Hard to imagine but these two seem equally genuine as gorgeous, staying together for more than fifty years until Newman’s death.

Mic and Bianca Jagger

Mic and Bianca Jagger