Carpet designs have had a long tradition of being everything from plain and subtle to over-the-top and crazy looking. The data suggests that many people prefer the convenience and elegance of hardwood flooring, as 47% of people in one survey favor it in their home, and 54% of home buyers were found to be willing to pay more for it in one National Association of Realtors study; however, the rise of modern carpet designs has helped bring an increase in their popularity in recent years.
One of the most unique and innovative carpet patterns on the market today comes from the trendy Tribeca-area of New York City. Joseph Carini, owner of Carini Lang, has been in the business of high-end designer and handcrafted rugs for over 15 years. His newest collection of carpet designs features the buyer’s own fingerprint blown up in black and white, according to The New York Times.
“Their exact thumbprint will be blown up; there’s no interpretation,” Carini said. “We might refine some things for clarity, but they will actually be getting exactly what they see.”
This new design, which he’s calling the “Thumbprint” collection is not for the economical shopper though. A six-by-six foot thumbprint carpet will cost you at least $3,500. A lot of that price is certainly inflated for the trendy market he’s selling to, but it’s not a complete hoax as the process to making these carpet designs is actually quite complex and time-consuming.
After he gets a high-resolution picture of the clients fingerprint, Carini digitally creates the artwork that will appear on the rug. After it’s approved by the buyer he sends his piece of art to Nepal where his “loom masters” begin work on the actual carpet textures.
“The weavers will have that in front of them in Nepal. It will be rolled up like a scroll and as they work, that’s what they see,” Carini said. “I have duplicated things like this, and it’s actually shocking how exact it comes out.”
After that stage it moves on to the “dye masters” who put the finishing touches on them. Carini considers the whole process a very holistic approach that is also ecologically friendly. A nice touch, and certainly a great conversation piece. If you plan on carpeting your bedroom like 38% of people in one Houzz survey, unless you’ve got a couple thousand dollars laying around to spend on a glorified area rug you’re probably better off going with a typical wall-to-wall design.