Owner Barbara Barran designs rugs using her own experiences and imagination; many of these ideas become custom rugs for her clients. She works closely with major designers and high-profile clients to create unique rugs for each interior; 80% of Barbara’s rugs are one-of-a-kind. In addition to designing rugs for private clients around the globe, she has done major installations for the Chateau de Courtomer in France and the Presidential Suites at the Anjun Hotel in Mecca.
Barbara has translated the works of major artists such as Julian Schnabel, Barbara Bloom, and the Gee’s Bend Quilters into fascinating, hand-made rugs, which have been exhibited in major museums throughout the world. The Metropolitan Museum in NYC commissioned Barbara to design two, limited-edition rugs for their “Court and Cosmos: the Great Age of the Seljuk Turks.” exhibit. It was the first time that the museum commissioned original rugs based on works in their collection.
Barbara’s interest in design began when she was a child; her father owned a furniture and carpet store. After earning a Ph.D. in Shakespeare from Columbia University, she began teaching at the New York School of Interior Design and started her own business, designing and painting quilt-patterned floor cloths. The Whitney Museum, the Smithsonian, and other museum stores carried her work.
In 1999, Barbara started Classic Rug Collection, Inc, choosing the word “collection” because she envisaged rugs made in many different styles and techniques. Drawing upon her interest in historical sources and using her research skills, Barbara has designed rugs based on American art, Art Deco motifs, classic Eastern geometrics, and mosaics. Her work has been shown in exhibits in Dubai, Frankfurt, Paris, and NYC; more than 25 museums have shown and sold Barbara’s work.
Selecting from the finest rug manufacturers in the world to bring her designs to life, Barbara commissions hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs made of New Zealand wool, pashmina, hemp, nettle, linen, mohair, and natural silk. She finds the technique—and the price point—that best suits her clients. All of Barbara’s rugs use natural fibers and carry the Goodweave label, guaranteeing that they are child-labor-free.
Barbara’s motto sums up her goals – Outstanding Design. Highest Quality. The Ultimate in Personal Service.
About Classic Rug
In 1999, I started Classic Rug Collection, Inc.
I used the word “collection” because I envisaged rugs made in many different styles and techniques. Drawing upon my interest in historical sources and using my research skills, I have designed rugs based on American Primitive designs, the Gee’s Bend Quilt patterns, Art Deco motifs, and classic Eastern geometrics. I also create rugs using my own experiences and my imagination. Many of these ideas become one-of-a-kind custom rugs. All of my rugs use natural fibers and carry the Goodweave label. Goodweave inspects the looms of companies that agree to employ adults only. Through independent certification and rigorous inspections you know your rug is child-labor-free.
Today, I select from the finest rug manufacturers in the world to bring my designs to life. I commission hand-knotted New Zealand wool, pashmina, hemp, nettle, linen, banana, and silk rugs from Nepal; hand-tufted wool and silk rugs from Thailand and India; and flat-woven rugs in mohair from the USA and in wool from Portugal. In this way, I can find the technique—and the price point—that best suits my clients.
I think my motto sums up our goals – Outstanding Design. Highest Quality. The Ultimate in Personal Service.
Thank you for your interest in my rugs.
– Barbara Barran