A series of serendipitous encounters resulted in a new, unexpected
line of rugs from Sarah Gayle Carter. A friend with an impressive
tribal arts collection suggested that Sarah create a series
using African art as inspiration. Best known for her classically
inspired custom rugs, Sarah was interested but felt tribal
designs might not be suited to her normal, hand-tufted and
few weeks later, Sarah met a representative
from the Rural Poverty Alleviation Program
at a conference. She was fascinated by her
stories of unemployed weavers in Peru who
worked in their homes and were in serious
need of commissions. The rep was going to
Peru in only a few weeks. Was Sarah interested
and could she prepare designs so quickly?
Sarah was hooked. "It's one thing to
find a great production source, but quite
another to actually be able to provide employment
for people who've worked hard to preserve
ancient skills and who count on those skills
for survival. I felt honored to be in the
right time and place to be part of this."
The completed designs arrived just hours
before the rep left for Peru. Samples were
done immediately and Sarah made needed changes.
The weavers embraced long hours with enthusiasm.
The new collection, in 100% Peruvian wool,
debuted at the October market in High Point.
The combination of tribal arts inspirations,
filtered through Sarah's Anglo-Saxon brain,
and then interpreted by Peruvian weavers,
is hard to resist.
signature wit and style carry through from
design to titles such as "Bamboozled",
and "Back to Back, Belly to Belly".
These rugs are Sarah's tribute to a variety
of cultures and a construction that has been
handed down for centuries, expertly bridging
the gap between one of the world's oldest
forms of artistic expressions and one of
that tradition's most innovative and whimsical