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Luv+Haight collection

Embrace your inner spirit through creativity and self-expression with our exclusive Luv+Haight collection. A liberation of color and design, rich jewel tones emerge from ethereal tie-dye compositions with spontaneity, breathing life and unique character into each handwoven piece. Artisanally crafted on traditional Jajim looms in Turkey, each kilim is created from several strips that are individually hand-knotted and dyed then combined together to produce an alchemy of beauty. View all Luv+Haight

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1921 collection

Inspired by the allure and beauty of a virtuous decade of style, the 1921 rug collection evokes the eccentric and imaginative design sensibility of the Parisian salon culture cultivated by literary icon Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas in the early 20th century. A vanguard of modern art, their home at 27 rue de Fleurus was a haven for the avant-garde, a sanctuary for formidable artists and writers including Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway. Akin to their radical, uncompromising style, the 1921 collection embraces the era with eccentricity and wit. Characterized by dramatic, opulent motifs and vibrant unexpected color, each one-of-a-kind vintage rug embodies a unique personality – emblematic of a time of unparalleled cultural and artistic expression. View all 1921.

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abc baby + child

As we aspire towards positive change for a sustainable future, we did not forget to include the little ones we wish to inspire. ABC Baby + Child maintains the highest standards of organic, safe, and sustainable offerings that mirror the ethos of our inherent mission. From little dresses and tees made from bio-based fibers and low-impact dyes to the softest organic cotton stuffed critters and bunnies, our baby + child collection reflects our commitment to our families and our future.

abc cocina

A visionary extension of the farm-to-table movement, the ABC Cocina dinnerware collection enhances the organic pleasures of holistic dining. Created by Burgundy-based ceramists, each piece is crafted in the spirit of slow-design, using a centuries-old pottery process that has been locally maintained since the Middle Ages. Made from all-natural materials, these one-of-a-kind pieces can be found gracing the tables at our new ABC Cocina restaurant, as part of its eclectic and sustainable décor.

abc dream

A peaceful sleep begins with peace of mind. Our collection of pure, non-toxic mattresses ensures a cleaner, greener bedtime with sustainable and organic fabrics that are free of harmful chemicals.

abc icons

Symbols representing our standards for social and environmental transformation, which serve to identify opportunities to align your vision and values to impact your home and our collective home, the planet.

abc loves icon

When a product upholds three or more icons, and meets the integrity of the ABC critical edit by being infused with beauty and revolutionary spirit, it is awarded the ABC Loves Icon.

abrash

Variations or striations in tone an color that occurs in rugs. Typically occurring due to aging over time,  the ‘abrash ‘ effect can also be caused by a change of dye lots during the weaving process,  varying density of handspun wool, or an intentional aesthetic detail incorporated by the artisan.

accordion chandelier

A chandelier with multiple light sockets and an expandable, accordion-like shape.

acid dyes

Extremely brilliant and colorfast, Acid Dyes are concentrated, powdered, hot water dyes that give the most vibrant results possible on protein fibers, producing a uniform result.

acrylic

Acrylic has good resilience, but it is less durable than other dyes; the combination of which brings richness and resilience together at an accessible price.

agra rugs

Well-known for the Taj Mahal, the city of Agra in India was also a cultural center and capital of the Mughal Empire.  The reigning emperors were deeply influenced by Persian art and culture, which in turn affected carpet production and design.  Common designs include spiraling vinery combined with small animal motifs such as birds, and elephants. Allover floral motifs are also a frequent design. Common color palettes include soft, mid-tone blues and golds, generally keeping with a light, ethereal aesthetic. Constructed with an asymmetrical knot.

all-over design

A layout where the entire field is filled with a systematic, evenly distributed repetition of a single motif.

amulet/evil eye (motif)

Evil eyes are various objects that reduce the effect of an evil glance, therefore protecting the ones who carry them.

aniline dye

Aniline dyes are very acidic and often corrode the fibers in a rug. This type of dye was developed in 1856 and is no longer used.

aniline leather

A type of leather treated with the organic compound aniline to produce a very delicate and supple hide. Aniline conditions and protects without coloring the hide, letting the leather breathe and making it more comfortable for use.

annealing process/annealed

Treatment that alters the physical properties of a material by heating it to extreme temperatures, then slowly cooling it. Annealing glass relieves internal pressure and creates a strong, durable panel. When used on steel, the process enables custom shaping, stamping and forming.

aquasilk collection

The Aquasilk collection embodies the harmonious connection between nature and interiors, gathering its inspiration from the exotic allure of the ocean. Handwoven by indigenous weavers in India using recycled Sari silk, Central Asian inspired textiles are over-dyed in translucent layers of color to produce brilliant traces of pattern that emerge through iridescent silk. Mesmerizing and one-of-a-kind, these painterly compositions take up to eight months to create, representing a fusion of tradition and innovation meticulously realized. Born from the design minds of ABC, the Aquasilk collection combines the artistic integrity of ancient techniques with the unsurpassed creativity of a new generation of artisans. View all Aquasilk.

armoire

A tall, wide wardrobe with two large doors behind which clothes can be hung or stored. Armoires originated in France where they were used for the storage of armor.

art deco

The style of rugs known as Art Deco is an amalgam of neoclassical, constructivism, cubism, modernism, and art noveau. This style typically features spare designs with angular lines and modern, abstract, and figurative motifs. Another notable highlight is the lack of heavy ornamentation. The color palettes range from muted to bold, creating interesting juxtapositions of light and dark. Though it originated in various regions across Europe, the most coveted Art Deco pieces were made in France, China, and Scandinavia.

art nouveau

A precursor to the Art Deco movement, Art Nouveau is a European style that swept through arts and architecture in the 19th and 20th centuries. Aesthetic inspiration is from organic and geometric forms, blending elegant designs with flowing natural forms. Dark, heavy shades and tone on tone color palettes are common. Also known as the Glasgow Style.

artisan/indigenous

The ancient cultural art and craft that has been inherited through generations of skill, wisdom, passion, and memory in artisan communities around the world. We strive to preserve these valuable, beautiful, diverse art forms by enabling a sustainable economy for artisans globally.

arts and crafts

A reformist aesthetic movement extending from the late 19th century through the early 20th century. Also known as Mission style, Arts and Crafts challenged the tastes of the Victorian and Industrial eras by focusing on hand craftsmanship and affordability in design.

ashbury collection

Discover a fresh bohemian spirit with the ABC Ashbury collection. Deriving its name from the heyday of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, our exclusive collection of Ashbury rugs celebrates the fantastical spirit of free-hand design and frenetic color expression. Inspired by the patterns of vintage Moroccan rugs, like Beni Ourain and Boucharette pieces, these one-of-a-kind rugs are hand-knotted from luxurious Afghan Ghazni wool, then graphically woven into a lively geometric design that follows an almost psychedelic expression of placement and form. Touched by a refreshing, surrealist spirit, the Ashbury collection is a wild, yet gracefully contained homage to the randomness of color, of pattern, and of pure abstraction. View all Ashbury.

aubusson rugs

Originating from a region near the Creuse River in central France, Aubusson rugs feature a dominant cream ground, with an outline of darker colors such as deep tan or brown. Grand designs of frames and cartouches hung with garlands are colored in large swaths of cool hues such as tan, rose-magenta, or mauve. These rugs are frequently found in larger sizes, as they were typically commissioned for and by the aristocracy of the 18th century.

aura collection

The new Aura collection is an exotic convergence of art, light, and color. Inspired by the ancient Indian art of color meditation, each one-of-a-kind piece reinvents traditional patterns and ancient motifs through a contemporary chromatic spectrum. Handmade by master artisans in India, each rug is entirely woven from recycled sari silk to form an illustrious sheen in a myriad of colors – a shimmering canvas where light enlivens color to create striking and rare compositions. Representing the next generation of chromo expression, Aura is the new dawn of color. View all Aura.

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baby crib

A small bed with high, usually slatted sides made for ensuring the baby won’t climb or fall out. Baby cribs may be simple, or feature amenities like soothing built-in music, varying speed vibrations, and a mobile or toys hanging overhead.

bachelors chest

A low chest of drawers, traditionally with a slide that pulls out for writing.

bakshaish rugs

Persian rugs produced in North Iran, near the Caucasus. The handwoven color palette ffeatures rich, transparent colors, in bold, geometric, and abstract designs. Although inspired by Persian motifs and symbols, the aesthetic on these rugs has a distinctly village-like sensibility – rendered on a larger (room-sized) scale.

balams chair

Designed in 1979 by Hans Christian Mengshoel and the designers Oddvin Rykken, Svein Gusrud, and Peter Opsvik, the Balans chair is the original kneeling chair. A kneeling chair is a type of chair that reduces lower back stress by creating a seat where the thighs drop to an angle of about 60 to 70 degrees, as opposed to the 90-degree angle of a normal chair, so some of the body’s weight is supported by the shins

balanced-arm lamp

A lamp with an adjustable folding arm. It is constructed so that the force due to gravity is always counteracted by the springs, regardless of the position of the arms. Sometimes called a floating arm lamp.

ballfoot

A round, turned foot often found on chairs, tables, and other furniture items constructed in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

baluch rugs

Persian rugs created in Baluchistan, now part of Iran and Pakistan, recognized for their unique bright color combinations. The design is typically a tree-of-life motif, but they can also feature geometric repeat designs, or diamond latch hook medallion patterns. Baluch rugs have a coarsely woven structure and exceptional wool quality.

bamboo

Grows naturally, quickly, renews itself readily, and is stronger than the most durable hardwood while being extremely flexible. Bamboo is an incredibly diverse and environmentally friendly species with a beautiful aesthetic quality. The plant releases 35% more oxygen than conventional trees and sequesters more CO2. It is also grown easily without the use of fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.

banquette

A long bench-like seat, often upholstered and generally built into a wall.

bara bara collection

Inspired by the folk art of eastern Turkey, abstract renditions of traditional designs come to life in the Bara Bara collection. Reinvented “little-by-little,” from which the collection name is derived, each vintage rug is individually handwoven and washed through a meticulous re-finishing process. Vintage wool and vegetable dyes in warm autumnal tones enliven geometric motifs derived from the culture and lore of eastern Turkish weavers. Many rugs feature charismatic personal notes from the individual weaver that highlight the unique nature of each piece, from the date of weaving to the name of a previous owner. Reinvigorated, these woven works of art evoke an air of bohemian eclecticism. The Bara Bara collection is an extraordinary design story told through the combination of history and unexpected design elements, exclusively at ABC Carpet & Home. View all Bara Bara.

barcelon chair

An armless leather chair with an X-shaped chrome base, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929.

bare

Crafted in small batches in rural Connecticut, the Bare collection features organic and modern lines gently touched by nature. Delicate honeycomb designs exhibit the awesome symmetry, pattern, and passion found just outside our doors. The bumblebee is a feat of nature, bits of its miraculous hive rolled by hand into the pieces found here. Like bees, we are social creatures too. Enjoying a meal with friends set atop this sustainable dinnerware is the perfect evening.

barrel back

A chair or sofa with the arms and back forming a continuous curve.

bassinet (bassinette or cradle)

A small bed, built specifically for babies from birth to about four months. It is fashioned in a cocoon-like shape that babies find comforting.

bastille arm chair

A wooden framed, upholstered chair with a large seat cushion.

bench seat cushion

A single sofa seat cushion that spans the width of the seating area and is typically connected to the sofa frame.

bench sofa

A bench with cushions and arm rests that serves the purpose of a sofa.

bergere

An armchair with an upholstered back, seat, and sides, and an exposed wood frame

bessarabian rugs

Produced during the last 19th and 20th centuries in an area known today as Bulgaria and Romania, these rugs feature a naturalistic western style with brown or black grounds. They are often Romanian rugs with floral patterns, crafted in a naturalistic western style featuring brown or black ground. The rugs are knotted as well as flatwoven.

bidjar rugs

Named for a town in Persian Kurdistan, Bidjar also refers to rugs produced in surrounding villages. The color palette is rich and jewel0toned. The designs depict the Kurdish influence of the area: floral, classical geometric motifs and large, whimsical medallion designs. All of the knots are symmetrical. As the row of knots were tied, an extra weft is added and then literally pounded down, creating what are known as “the iron rugs of Persia”.

biodiesel

Biodiesel is a domestic, renewable fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils like soybean oil. Biodiesel can be used in any concentration with petroleum based diesel fuel in existing diesel engines with little or no modification. Produced by a chemical process that removes the glycerin from the oil, Biodiesel differs from raw vegetable oil.

blossom (motif)

The blossom motif symbolizes the optimism and hope of Spring, youth and/or a newlywed.

bofinger chair

The first chair created from fiberglass-reinforced polyester in a single process over a steel mold worldwide; considered a classic in modern furniture design.

borders

Bands, usually decorated with patterns that differ from those in the main field and form a visual frame around the field, enhancing the main design.

boteh (motif)

One of the most common motifs in oriental carpet design, the boteh was a precursor to the traditional “paisley” motif. The boteh represents the eternal potential for growth and regeneration. Sometimes described as a seed representing life/renewal with a mature plant enclosed within -the whole existing within the part.

bow back

A chair back formed by a bent piece of wood fitted with vertical spindles, like a Windsor chair. The bow or hoop is continuous through the arms or the seat.

box-edged

A seat front that is square across the front of the piece, and features either a welt or sewn seam on the top and bottom of the cushion.

brace

Harnessing the realities of natural materials—imperfections included—the Brace collection melds rustic steel, unfinished concrete, reclaimed wood, or tarnished nickel into one-of-a-kind creations that are both industrial and organic. Inspired by the designer’s Brooklyn-based urban dwelling combined with a personal passion for nature, each piece is a visual work of minimalist intent, with the Japanese practice of Wabi-Sabi—“the beauty of imperfection”—at its core.

brewster chair

An American colonial wooden chair with heavy turned posts, multiple turned spindles, and a wooden seat. The design was named for William Brewster, a Pilgrim who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.

burdock (motif)

The burdock is a plant which has burrs that sticks to clothing and the hair of animals. When incorporated into rugs as a motif, the burdock is thought to ward off the evil eye.

bureau

A chest of drawers used in the bedroom.

butcherblock

Often used for chopping blocks, tabletops, and cutting boards, a butcherblock is formed by bonding together thick, laminated strips of unpainted hardwood.

butler’s table

An oval wooden tray on legs with hinged sides that fold flat when set down.

butterfly chair

A chair composed of a single piece of fabric suspended from a delicate metal frame.

butterfly table

A small drop-leaf table with leaves supported by a swinging support; the form resembles a butterfly wing on a rudder.

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camel (motif)

The camel motif is a symbol of wealth and prosperity.

canape

An elegant three-seat sofa constructed from elaborately carved wood with matching legs, and an upholstered seat, back, and armrest. The design emerged from France in the 18th century.

 

canopy bed

A decorative bed similar to a four-poster bed, with a post at each corner that extends at least four feet above the height of the mattress. Ornate or decorative fabric is often draped across the upper space between the posts to create the appearance of a ceiling, or canopy, over the bed.

 

cantilever chair

A chair with no back legs that offers support through the material from which it is made. Designed by Mart Stam in 1926, it remains an important example of 20th century design.

carbon dioxide

A naturally occurring gas and by-product of burning fossil fuels and biomass, as well as land-use changes and other industrial processes. Carbon dioxide is the principal anthropogenic greenhouse gas that affects the Earth’s radiative balance, and therefore attributed a Global Warming Potential of 1, or the reference against which other greenhouse gases are measured. See climate change and global warming.

carbon emissions

Polluting carbon substances released into the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, produced by motor vehicles and industrial processes that form pollutants.

carbon footprint

An estimate of how much carbon dioxide is produced to support your lifestyle. Essentially, it measures your impact on the climate based on how much carbon dioxide you produce. Factors that contribute to your carbon footprint include your travel methods and general home energy usage. Carbon footprints can also be measured on a larger scale for companies, businesses, and countries.

carbon offsets

Used to reduce the amount of carbon that an individual or institution emits into the atmosphere. In a financial system, a company can comply with emissions caps by purchasing an offset from an independent organization instead of reducing its own carbon use. The organization will then contribute that money to fund the reduction of carbon in the atmosphere. An individual can also pay to offset his personal carbon use instead of taking direct measures such as recycling.

carbon steel

Steel for which the main interstitial alloying constituent is carbon.

cast iron

Iron, or a ferrous alloy, that is heated until it liquefies and then poured into a mold to solidify.

caucasian rugs

Rugs that originated in the Caucasus, a region at the board of Europe and Asia, situated between the Black and Caspian seas. They typically feature geometric, floral, tribal, or primitive designs in rich and varied colors. The warp and weft is from natural wool, tied with a Turkish knot.

cause-related product

A product that is imbued with passion, purpose, and intention, and mirrors positive impact on people, communities, and their environments.

certified icon

Recognized by an independent third party audit declaring that specified requirements pertaining to a product, person, prose or system have been met.

chaise lounge

A type of sofa or daybed that resembles an elongated chair and is designed for reclining.

 

charleston couch

Upholstered sofa with six overstuffed back pillows.

 

chemical washing

Also known antique washing or antiquing, chemical washing is a process, which simulates the natural aging of a rug, fading colors and adding luster to the pile. Some of these processes can gradually destroy and weaken the outer cuticles of the wool fibers, causing them to become weakened and brittle. The process may cause damage to the rug.

chenille

An extremely soft upholstery fabric created from tufted, velvety yarns.

chest (motif)

The chest motif symbolizes the trousseau of a young girl. The material in the chest would be used in her husband’s house, the hopes of the young girl reflected by the pieces inside.

chest of drawers

A piece of furniture with multiple parallel, horizontal drawers stacked one above another; also called a dresser or a bureau

chest on chest

Primarily English and American 18th and 19th century pieces composed of two stacked chests of drawers. The upper chest is typically smaller than the lower chest.

 

chesterfield sofa

A deep, upholstered sofa with rolled arms that are aligned with the back to form a single curve, traditionally covered in tufted, buttoned leather. The model originated in England in the late 18th century with blunt arrow feet, but later models feature stubby ball, bun, or block feet.

 

chicken/rooster (motif)

Used on rugs/carpets, this motif is used as protection from the evil eye.

chiffonier (cheffonier)

Similar to a sideboard in function, but primary differences include its smaller size and the enclosure of its entire front by doors.

 

chifforobe

A combination of a wardrobe and a chest of drawers, the roots of the word Chifforobe are chiffonier and wardrobe.

chimera collection

Conjuring the sacred spirits of exotic vintage textiles, the handmade rugs in the Chimera collection offer vivid reincarnations of ancient Asian lore. Dragons and phoenixes, once symbols of traditional Asian mythology, become transcendental representations of spirituality. A meticulous selection of silk yarns is washed and dyed in a theatrical palette of iridescent hues, culminating in an exquisitely unique abrash effect. An ABC exclusive, the Chimera collection creates strikingly soulful reinterpretations of traditional design and transforms them for the modern home. View all Chimera.

chinese rugs

Chinese rugs incorporate unique designs, such as dragons, local art, and ornamental objects, frequently drawing their inspiration from the tradition of silk textiles. Some also feature both medallion and all-over formats. Chinese Art Deco rugs offer colors are lively and energetic, and include rich jewel tones of magenta, turquoise, emerald, ruby, and violet, while other rugs offer softer palettes of blues, golds, and ivories. Chinese rugs are usually made of wool and silk and have a luxurious feel.

chlorine-treated wool

The surface of chlorine-treated wool fibers are typically covered by small barbed scales, which is why untreated wool irritates bare skin. These scales can become interlocked when wool is machine-washed and dried, which is why wool is usually dry-cleaned or hand-washed to avoid felting and shrinking.

chrome dyes

In the 1920s and 1930s, chrome dyes became a reliable alternative to aniline. These synthetic dyes are more steadfast and are available in a wider spectrum of colors. Chrome dyes bind to wool with potassium bicarbonate, which resists fading without weakening the wool.

climate change

Any significant change in measures of climate, such as temperature, precipitation, or wind, that lasts for an extended period of time. Climate change may result from: natural factors, such as changes in the sun’s intensity or slow changes in the Earth’s orbit around the sun; natural processes within the climate system, such as changes in ocean circulation; human activities that change the atmosphere’s composition, like burning fossil fuels; changes in the land surface, including deforestation, reforestation, urbanization, and desertification.

club chair

An upholstered chair featuring large “wings” on the armrests, a club chair often complements a matching sofa.

 

cobble hill

Inspired by the charming Brooklyn neighborhood, Cobble Hill is classic dimension cloaked in clean, modern form. An ABC exclusive collection, each piece is locally and ethically produced using goodwood—wood sourced via responsibly managed forests or salvaged supplies—and natural fabrics and dyes. The perfect assortment for beginning investment pieces, these sofas, chairs, and sectionals reflect a return to simple, sustainable design, from the fabric to the frame.

cobble hill sisal collection

The Cobble Hill Sisal collection embraces the modern traditionalist in all of us. Rich with texture in a versatile neutral palette, the Cobble Hill Sisal collection will add effortless style and sophistication to any interior. Layer your favorite wool or flatweave rug on top of your sisal to add character and personality to your space or style it alone for a clean, modern look.

cogswell chair

Upholstered easy chairs with a sloping back, curved, ornamental front legs, and armrests with open undersides.

 

coir

A coarse, thick fiber, coir fiber is extracted from the hairy husk of coconuts. Extremely durable, it is also resistant to mildew and water.

color reform collection

Color Reform began as an ambitious endeavor to reinvent imperfect, vintage carpets through the power of color. Handwoven wool rugs were neutralized from their initial state and then overdyed to produce remarkable chromatic compositions, while still retaining the essence of their original designs. Since its inception, Color Reform has evolved into an extensive range of rugs produced in Turkey, India, and Pakistan. The process has been refined over time, enabling the method to be applied to handspun silk, recycled sari silk, and linen. Each one-of-a-kind carpet is individually handcrafted, characterized by unique tonality variations brought to life by intense color.  View all Color Reform.

color reform patchwork

The Color Reform Patchwork collection turns vintage rugs into vibrant mosaics of art, born from the evolutionary Color Reform project – an exclusive ABC creative concept that uses the philosophy of color to transform space and personal experience. Combining tradition with design innovation, ABC works hand in hand with local artisans in a remote region of Turkey to create each intricate, hand-knotted piece. The rugs are first laid to dry, using the natural energy of the sun to neutralize them of original color, then individually over-dyed and washed by artisans who use each piece as a canvas for creative expression. The result is a remarkable chromatic composition that reflects a unique artistic expression, while still retaining the essence of original design – a one-of-a-kind work of art that is organically born.

color reform silk collection

The Color Reform Silk collection transforms luxurious silk rugs into chromatic works of art. Combining tradition with design innovation, ABC works hand in hand with local artisans in a remote region of India to create each intricate, handcrafted piece. Handspun silk rugs are overdyed in one uniform color to create remarkable chromatic compositions that glimmer through the iridescent textures of fine silk. Vivid and vibrant in its luminosity, each one-of-a-kind carpet is individually handcrafted to create exotic tonalities and patterns brought to life by intense color.  View all Color Reform Silk.

color reform spectrum collection

Color Reform Spectrum is the latest manifestation of the iconic series of artistic-dyed rugs from ABC. Combining tradition with design innovation, ABC works hand in hand with local artisans in a remote, mountainous region of Pakistan as each rug is intricately hand-knotted using centuries-old techniques. Harnessing the natural energy of the sun, the wool rugs are laid to dry, neutralizing them of their original color, then individually over-dyed and washed by artisans who use each rug as a canvas for their creative expression. The result is remarkable chromatic compositions that reflect a unique artistic creation, while still retaining the essence of original design – one-of-a-kind works of art organically reborn through color. View all Color Reform Spectrum.

comfort sleeper

A sleeper sofa that takes up less space than standard sleepers. Easy to unfold, it features a solid folding plank under the mattress instead of a metal crossbar.

 

commode

A low chest of drawers or a cabinet that usually stands against a wall.

 

community made icon

Created and directed in a cooperative structure, with proceeds reinvested into the community to enable self-sustainability and economic development.

composting

The controlled biological decomposition of organic material to form a humus-like material. Controlled methods of composting include mechanical mixing and aerating, ventilating the materials by dropping them through a vertical series of aerated chambers, or placing the compost in piles in the open air and mixing it or turning it periodically.

consistent granite

Because it contains the same pattern throughout, this type of granite is easier to join at the seams and can fit next to other slabs to maintain a sense of continuity

console

A rectangular table typically set against a wall, or a bracketed shelf attached to a wall.

cooldoom

Completely unique and one-of-a-kind, the Cooldoom collection by Jim Denney is crafted from salvaged wood, recycled steel, and natural finishes. Featured in the ABC Goodwood collection, each design underscores the same goal: creating and maintaining complex, multistoried healthy forests. Intricate patterns, rivets, and holes reflect the life of natural materials, while unfinished edges and roughhewn exteriors beautifully depict the organic disintegration of the natural world—the “slow rust” of our surroundings, both natural and man-made.

copper

A chemical element with the symbol Cu (from Latin: cuprum) and atomic number 29. It is a ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. Pure copper is soft and malleable, and a freshly exposed surface has a reddish-orange color. It is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, a building material, and a constituent of various metal alloys.

cotton

Harvested from cotton plants, cotton fiber is stronger and less elastic than wool. Cotton is frequently used in warp and weft threads as well as in the creation of flatweave rugs. It also gives rugs a more even-looking, flatter-lying appearance.

cowhide

The natural, unbleached skin and hair of a cow.

 

crab (motif)

A common  motif in Caucasian rugs, especially Kazaks, the crab motif represents invincible knowledge.

credenza

A sideboard often placed in the dining room to store serving accessories. A credenza desk functions as a secondary work surface, and usually features shelving, small drawers, and other nooks above the main surface.

 

cross (motif)

In addition to being a religious symbol, in Anatolian beliefs, the cross reduces the power of the evil eye by dividing into four pieces.

cruelty free icon

Made without the use of animal testing, or made with by-products from animals raised humanely. This process ensures animal health and safety, including safe shelter practices, pasture grazing, and quality veterinary care.

curio

A case piece to display collectibles with glass doors, panels, and shelves.

curvilinear design

This pattern is created with fine, curving lines, which requires a higher knot density to produce the intricate designs.

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dama collection

The Dama collection represents a stylistic revolution in history, design, art, and culture. Invoking the progressive imagination of artist Zeki Müren, these hand-knotted rugs beautifully embody a creative defiance of traditional design. Following Müren’s lead, Turkish weavers moved away from classic designs and palettes of “Sparta rugs” and towards a modern, unusual aesthetic with distinctively modern foundations. Streamlined, geometric forms work in symmetry with vivid, high-contrast colors, creating exuberant compositions of contemporary brilliance. An ABC exclusive collection, these vintage works of unbridled creativity will transform any space into a bold artistic statement. View all Dama.

danish modern

This term, like its counterparts Scandinavian Modern and Swedish, became popular in the 1950s to describe Danish design that acknowledges Modernism, but is distinct in its traditional materials, natural finishes, organic shapes, sculptural form, and respect for craftsmanship.

 

davenport desk

A small desk with an inclined top hinged to the back of the body, which lifts to reveal sectioned storage space for paper and writing implements, small drawers, and pigeonholes.

 

daybed

A sofa with a body fashioned from a twin mattress that features a head, foot, and back, so it doubles as a sitting and sleeping surface. Daybeds often have decorative removable covers, and matching pillows or bolsters that function as back rests.

 

 

deforestation

Practices that result in the conversion of forested lands for non-forest uses. Deforestation is often cited as one of the major causes of the enhanced greenhouse effect, because the burning or decomposition of the wood releases carbon dioxide, and trees that once removed carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the process of photosynthesis are no longer present.

 

diamond (motif)

This motif signifies a woman. Two diamonds together may indicate a man and woman.

dining chairs

A chair usually accompanied by a dining table. The most popular style of dining chair is the side chair, which features a supportive back but is armless.

dining table

A table at which meals are served. The dining table has evolved to encompass many styles and shapes, but the most common form is rectangular or round. Additional leaves add versatility to a dining table, and can be added or removed to provide extra seating.

 

divan

Couch-like sitting furniture. In England, a divan refers to a bed with a box spring base.

 

dog (motif)

The dog motif symbolizes protection, trust and defense.

doris leslie blau

The DLB Doris Leslie Blau collection tells a story through a pictorial journey, blending contemporary shapes with an heirloom aesthetic for an artistic juxtaposition of visual intrigue and contrast. Intricately woven, mid-century and vintage-inspired rugs capture the warmth of artisanal nostalgia and tradition while remaining exotically innovative. An exclusive collector’s item, the rare vintage rugs are each initialed by the designer to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Evocative of the geometric aesthetic of Scandinavian design, rectilinear motifs in warm hues exemplifies poignancy in simplicity, representing a creative collision of the past with the present. View all Doris Leslie Blau.

double-wrapped cushion

A foam cushion insert for chairs and sofas that is wrapped with a double layer of synthetic filler to soften the boxy look of the foam inside the cushion.

 

dovetail joinery

A joint that consists of a tapered, fan-shaped “pin” that slips into a matching recess in the opposing part. Dovetail joinery is often used in drawer and cabinet construction.

dragon (motif)

An ancient Chinese symbol representing the royal emperor, the dragon also signifies the heavenly influence on Earth.

duck/swan (motif)

The duck/swan represents marital fertility and enchantment.

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eagle (motif)

Symbolizing power, the eagle is known as a ruler of the sky and invokes power and height. As a “king of the birds” the eagle protects the people. An eagle with its head turned to the right symbolizes holiness and protection.

eames chiar

A classic lounge chair and ottoman made of molded plywood and fitted with down-fill.

 

 

earrings (motif)

In Anatolia, earrings are indispensable as a wedding present. A girl using this motif on a rug is trying to tell her family that she wants to get married.

eco-conscious

To show concern for the environment.

eco-intelligence

 A personal ecosystem: one’s body, home, and planet
life that alters products in a way that conserves energy and costs in a conscious economy.

ecological footprint

A standardized measure of human demand on the Earth’s ecosystems.

ecosystem

A community of living organisms, such as plants, animals and microbes, in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, like air, water, and mineral soil, interacting as a system.

elements

Elements is the ABC vintage-inspired furniture collection created from colorful, comfortable velvet that has been individually-dyed, making each piece as transformative and unique as the time period from which it was inspired. Like combining the character of a well-traveled coin, the timelessness of an antique rug, and the flair of the psych-70’s era, this collection can embrace its era or integrate with any other time period for any season.

elibende (motif)

Also known as hands on hips, this motif represents the mother goddess figure, sometimes depicted with a child in her womb. It is a symbol of motherhood, fertility and abundance.

embody

A hand-curated assortment of ready-to-wear, accessories and jewelry with an emphasis on sustainability, slow design, and eco-fashion, reminding us that we do not have to compromise beauty and quality for products that are pure.

endless knot (motif)

An influence of Tibetan and Chinese cultures, the endless knot, also known as ‘Solomon’s knot’, signifies eternity.

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Designed to help conserve energy or promote the use of alternative energy sources. These products minimize our carbon footprint and reduce the costs of economical and ecological intelligence in the home.

energy efficient

The goal of efforts to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services.

environmentally-conscious

Making deliberate, intentional choices that protect the environment, such as putting nutrition back into the Earth, eliminating one’s carbon footprint, or using sustainable materials, while being mindful of the Earth’s resources by conserving energy.

ergonomic

A characteristic found in furniture design or architecture that maximizes productivity by minimizing operator discomfort and fatigue. With regard to furniture, ergonomic refers to a shape or configuration molded to human contours.

 

etagere

An open-shelved stand to display decorative objects.

ethos collection

Challenging innovation while embracing tradition, Ethos represents a new forward-thinking approach to design – an intersection of the past, present, and future. Fusing the essence of traditional Ikat textiles with modern design, these stimulating motifs are inspired by rare 19th century Central Asian textiles, reinterpreted and articulated in handspun, recycled vintage Sari silk. Handcrafted in India by highly skilled artisans using a unique knotting technique, the luxurious silk construction is indicative of the modern form. The luminous, iridescent surface produces incredible intensity variations dependent upon the angle of the observer. Slightly irregular in design, the exotic motifs blend into adjacent colors and design variations to create a visually dramatic composition with unexpected continuity. View all Ethos.

Ewer/Jug (motif)

Represents purification. The ewer symbolizes the belief in the self ablution ritual as well as cleanliness.

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Sold only at ABC Carpet & Home stores.

Eye (motif)

A diamond divided into four is a common representation of the eye on rug weaves. A triangle is a stylized form of the eye, sometimes squares and rectangles are used as well.

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fainting couch

A couch with a back traditionally raised at one end. The back may be situated completely at one side of the couch, or may wrap around and extend the entire length of the piece much like a traditional couch.

 

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Made under fair wages and safe working conditions. This process provides equitable trade opportunities, skill training, and job development—promoting responsible production in an economy that values transparency.

fair trade

Crops produced according to principles in which poor farmers in developing countries receive fair prices for their products, workers enjoy safe working conditions and fair wages, communities receive development assistance and investment in social programs, and crops are grown with sustainable farming methods and without the use of pesticides or genetically modified organisms. Products labeled as “Fair Trade Certified” are verified and audited by an independent certifier. Fair Trade Certification is currently available in the United States for coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, sugar, rice, and vanilla.

farm to table

The new Farm to Table collection represents a plentiful, sustainable future filled with the bounty of clean foods. The pure white color—made from homemade glazes and creamy paints—illustrates the purity we can all bring to the table by supporting local, organic, whole produce. Made from a local ceramist, each piece is organically shaped with its own natural curves and contours, a nod to the beauty of nature’s creativity versus mass produced hybrids.

fauteuil

A French-style chair with open arms, upholstered back and seat, and small upholstered pads for resting the elbows.

 

fence of security (motif)

The crenellated fence motif demonstrates that which is most valuable is also most vulnerable and should be protected.

fertility (motif)

The hands on hips motif (elibende) and ram’s horn are used together to denote a man and a woman.

fetter (motif)

A fetter is a cuff placed on the front legs of a horse to prevent them from running away. On Anatolian weaves, it is a symbol of the continuity of the family union, the devotion of lovers and the hope that they always stay together.

fez collection

A modernist reinvention, Fez evokes the untouched beauty of the Moroccan desert landscape. Local artisans in Morocco work with natural dyes and handspun wool to capture the essence of their surrounding environment, like a clay pot drying in the sun, or the delicate striations created by wind through sand. Flaxen, sandy tones and cool, misty hues effortlessly embody raw, natural beauty. Employing a centuries-old Soumak weaving technique, each piece is hand-knotted with geometric and linear patterns to create a minimalistic aesthetic that effortlessly harmonizes with its subdued palette to create pure, natural art for the contemporary home. View all Fez.

fiber

Spun synthetic fill for furniture cushions and throw pillows.

fiddleback chair

A chair in the Queen Anne style with a splat resembling the outline of a violin.

 

field

Also referred to as the ground,  the field is the central area of a carpet where the main design is worked, which is framed by the border.

flame retardants (pbdes)

Chemicals that prevent materials from catching fire or burning easily when exposed to flame or high heat. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) are flame retardants that are banned in Europe because studies have shown links to cancer and serious breathing problems. US law requires flame retardants because of the high flammability of conventional foam mattresses made of toxic petrochemicals, therefore conventional mattresses are soaked in PBDEs. ABC’s organic mattresses are made of naturally flame retardant materials, such as tropical rubber and wool, which eliminates the need for PBDEs.

 

flared arm

An upholstered arm that arches away from the sofa or chair, flared arms are used in both traditional and modern sofa and chair styles.

flatweave rugs

Flatweaves are woven on a loom and are without pile or knots. Examples include kilims and dhurries.

float glass

A glass sheet made by floating molten glass on a bed of molten tin, which results in extremely flat, parallel surfaces, and offers a high level of light transmission and visibility.

 

floating panels

Often found in furniture with large panels like cabinets, floating panels are set into grooves instead of glued into place. This allows the wood to expand and contract with changes in temperature or humidity, without the risk of cracking or splitting.

 

folding chair

A chair that collapses for easy storage and transport. A folding chair may have a distinct title, such as a deck chair or a director’s chair, but the structure is consistent: a rigid seat and frame folds around a transverse axis so the seat becomes parallel to the back and the frame collapses with a scissors action.

 

formaldehyde

A colorless, flammable, strong-smelling gas used to manufacture building materials and produce many household products. Exposure can be fatal, cause cancer, and permanently impair health. Found in fabric finishing, it is one of the most toxic chemicals. Organic cotton products do not use fabric finishing containing formaldehyde.

foundation

The network of warp and weft threads onto which the knots are tied.

 

four poster bed

 Any bed with four high posts positioned at each corner. The posts were originally designed to support elaborate fabric curtains and upholstered treatments that totally enclose the bed.

fresco collection

Handwoven in Turkey, each vintage carpet in the exclusive Fresco collection from ABC is neutralized of its original colors, leaving behind faint traces of ornate traditional motifs. Evoking the nuanced finish of the Fresco paintings of Cimabue, a ghostly outline of the intricate patterns remains in each unique piece. Natural wear over time leaves behind faded compositions, inherent to the charm of these remarkable rugs. Light touches and a time-worn patina elevate Fresco, continually transcending the beauty of the original.

fringe

The trailing ends of the warp threads, left at the top and bottom of a carpet for aesthetic effect. The fringe may be loose or decoratively knotted depending on local custom.

full-grain leather

High-quality leather prized for its natural beauty. Because this type of leather isn’t altered beyond the removal of the hair, each piece retains the natural markings and texture of the hide.

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gabbeh rugs

A type of traditional tribal carpet originally made by the Qashqai tribe (typically the women) in the Zagros Mountains of Iran. They have a rough, primitive look with playful geometric, animal or human figures, and feature broad fields of color.  The word “gabbeh” means raw/natural/uncut in Farsi.

gateleg table

A table with drop leaves, supported by a leg that swings out like a gate.

 

gazelle (motif)

The gazelle is a representation of admirable attributes including grace, fleetness, and dignity.

geothermal energy

Electricity generated by harnessing hot water or steam from within the earth.

ghiordes prayer rugs

Early Ghiordes prayer rugs are among the most iconic of their type in Anatolia, Turkey, and in the surrounding area. Strong colors, vibrant red backgrounds, and soft pastels reminiscent of Oushak rugs are featured prominently in larger area rugs and Ghiordes’ highly prized room-sized carpets. They traditionally feature angular prayer niches, highly decorative spandrels, architectural pillars, medallions, curvilinear arabesques, and repeating motifs. Antique Turkish carpets from the area tend to favor botanical motifs, rather than the angular symbols that characterize carpets from the Caucasus. Ghiordes rugs are typically made from the highest quality wool, which is placed over a hand-spun cotton foundation to produce extremely strong rugs.

ghost

The Ghost collection plays on shades of white to ease the dimensions of shadows, a visual nod to an emotional balance. While each piece is solid and substantial in size, it has an airy and light presence that adds an ambiance of clean, open dimension to any space.

gilded mirror

A mirror with an ornately carved frame, a gilded mirror can be one of a variety of shapes, such as a square, oval, or oblong.

 

glider chair

A type of rocking chair that moves as a swing seat. The entire frame consists of a seat attached to the base by means of a double-rocker, four-bar linkage.

 

global warming

An average increase in the temperature of the atmosphere near the Earth’s surface and in the troposphere, which can contribute to changes in global climate patterns. Global warming can occur from a variety of causes, both natural and human induced. In common usage, “global warming” often refers to the warming that can occur as a result of increased emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities.

gmelina wood

A sturdy hardwood produced by a plantation-grown tree, gmelina arborea, that is typically used in the construction of sofa and chair legs.

gol

The literal meaning is “foreign flower” and is based on the French Savonnerie carpets that resemble stylized and somewhat angular cabbage roses.

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Colored using low-impact dyes, glazes, or pigments that contain fewer chemicals and require less water than regular synthetic colorants, or with dyes obtained from natural plants and fixed without the use of heavy metal mordants, protecting surface waters and our skin.

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Made from organic or bio-based fibers using organic processes throughout every step of textile production. This process avoids the use of harmful bleaches, dyes, and finishes, while encouraging accountability in complex supply chain systems.

goodwood icon

Produced from responsibly managed forests or reclaimed and salvaged sources. This process protects old growth and endangered forest species, while promoting transparent supply chain management.

 

goodwood plant a tree

For each goodwood furniture purchase, a tree is planted through the Climate Poverty Reduction Program, led by Professor Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement. One tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide emissions during its lifespan. Goodwood offerings include tables, chairs, bed frames, sofas, club chairs, picture frames and tableware.

gooseneck lamp

A type of light fixture in which a lamp or light bulb is attached to a flexible, adjustable shaft so the light source can be positioned without moving the fixture or item to be illuminated.

 

grandfather clock

A wood-encased pendulum clock that measures 6.5 to 7 feet high; shorter versions are called grandmother clocks.

granite

A non-absorbent natural stone used for tabletop surfaces.

gray wood

Domestic wastewater composed of wash water from kitchen, bathroom, laundry sinks, tubs, and washers.

 

green belt movement

An indigenous grassroots organization based in Nairobi, Kenya that approaches development holistically by focusing on environmental conservation, community development, and capacity building. Professor Wangari Maathai established the organization in 1977, under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya.

greenhouse effect

Trapping and build-up of heat in the atmosphere, or troposphere, near the Earth’s surface. Some of the heat flowing back toward space from the Earth’s surface is absorbed by water vapor, carbon dioxide, ozone, and several other gases in the atmosphere and then reradiated back toward the Earth’s surface. If the atmospheric concentrations of these greenhouse gases rise, the average temperature of the lower atmosphere will gradually increase.

greenhouse gas

Any gas in the atmosphere that absorbs infrared radiation. Greenhouse gases include water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), ozone (O3 ), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

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hairband (motif)

This motif indicates the weaver’s desire to get married. The hairband is an ornament used by the bride in the wedding ceremony.

hand (motif)

The hand motif is frequently found on prayer rugs flanking the top of the mihrab.

hand block-printing

An ancient Indian printing process in which dye is applied to textiles with carved wooden blocks. Characterized by bold colors and ornate patterns, block printing is widely used to decorate linens.

 

hand-knotted

Hand-knotted is a time-consuming, labor-intensive method of producing a rug. Steeped in tradition, it is one of the most desired because of the meticulous craftsmanship required to complete it. Knots are individually tied around the vertical, or ‘warp’ yarns. The weft yarns are then woven through the warp and between the rows of knotted yarn that make up the rug’s pile.

hand-tooled

An object formed, worked, or decorated by hand with a tool.

 

hand-tufted

A hand-tufted rug is less time consuming to produce and lower in price than a hand-knotted rug. To create a hand-tufted rug, an artisan injects a “u” shaped loop of yard onto a tufting gun and through canvas backing to form the pile, which is then stretched on a frame.

hand-welded

Metal or steel welded by hand, rather than by machine.

hand-welded

Metal or steel welded without the assistance of a machine.

 

hand-woven

Textiles produced on a hand-operated loom or woven by hand.

hand/finger/comb (motif)

Symbols of protection against the evil eye.

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Created by hand. In a world of homogenized mass-production, this process both demonstrates the unique skill of the artisan and supports the creation of one-of-a-kind pieces.

 

hardwood

Wood harvested from deciduous trees, or trees that lose their leaves in the fall, such as maple, walnut, and cherry. Hardwood contrasts with softwood, which comes from evergreen trees. As its name implies, hardwood is often much denser than softwood.

hassock

An upholstered seat that sits low to the ground and has no backrest.

 

heat island effect

Occurs when dark surfaces absorb the sun’s energy and re-radiate it throughout the day and night, raising the ambient air temperature. The annual mean air temperature of a city with one million people can be 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) warmer than its surroundings. In the evening, the difference can be as high as 22°F (12°C). Heat islands can affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality.

heavy metals

Toxic metals used in conventional dyes that may negatively affect one’s health. Natural dyes and low impact dyes do not contain heavy metals.

hemp

A tall widely cultivated Asian herb of the genus Cannabis (C. sativa) with strong woody fiber used especially for cordage.

herati (motif)

Named for the city of Herat in northwestern Afghanistan, this motif is commonly found on handmade carpets from Iran. It is formed from a flower inside a rhomb surrounded by four acanthus leaves. Also known as the mahi or fish pattern.

heriz serapi

Rugs created in the village of Heriz, located the Iranian part of Azerbaijan, that feature rich reds, blues, greens, and yellows resonating against an ivory background. The rugs are mostly distinguished by their rectilinear designs, which often includes a large central stepped medallion or an allover design of highly stylized floral motifs; the design marks a departure from traditional Persian arabesques and scrolls. Double outlining is used on finer antique rugs, a technique in which the design of the rug is separated from the field by two lines in different colors. Older Heriz and Serapi carpets were knotted over a wool fiber warp, while carpets made later in the 19th century used cotton for the warp, weft, and fringe. Weavers in Iran and Heriz used the symmetrical Turkish, or Ghiorders, knot to produce thick pile carpets with as many as 100 knots per square inch.

highboy

A tall chest of drawers, sometimes mounted on legs.

 

hitchcock chair

A black painted chair with a stenciled design on the backrest; named for its creator, an early American cabinetmaker.

 

home as a mirror

Creating home from a place of self-reflection and personal expression.

 

hook (motif)

Used to ward off the evil eye.

hooked

A method in which yarns are pulled through a backing, and then another layer of cloth is added to hold the loops in place. Unlike a tufted rug, the pile is not cut. Indigenous to northeastern U.S. and Maritime Canada, the production of hooked rugs began in the 1840’s and gradually spread as a cottage industry by 1900. The earliest rugs featured a floral design and expanded to include folk art pictorial representations. Materials consisted of linen, flax, hemp, and eventually imported Indian jute.

hutch

A low cupboard with doors, usually surrounded by open shelves.

hyacinth (motif)

The color of a hyacinth flower motif on a rug determines its meaning:

Pink hyacinths symbolize regeneration/love

Purple hyacinths symbolize melancholy

White hyacinths symbolize loyalty

hypoallergenic

Cosmetics, textiles, or other items created to decrease allergic reactions.

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in living color

Welcome to the new chaos of color. Alive in punk art verve, the In Living Color collection is the ultimate emblem of erratic self-expression, a state of being in which chance is supreme. Rare vintage rugs from Turkey or Pakistan are painted by hand in sprays of neon and chaotic color for a swirling vortex that breathes the unconventional. Punk-inspired and simply one-of-a-kind, this progressive collection of floor art transforms spaces into another realm of exotic expression.

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Made by artisans using age-old techniques that are rooted in regionally-specific traditions. This process preserves the design DNA of global diversity—over 5,000 years of design intelligence that is on the brink of extinction.

 

ipe

A dense wood with a smooth surface, natural luster, and rich, interwoven grain similar to rosewood. Highly resistant to the elements, Ipe is durable and low maintenance, which makes it ideal for decking and outdoor furniture.

iris (motif)

This motif symbolizes religious liberty.

irving place

Like a classic grey suit or a little black dress, the Irving Place collection adds an air of legacy to a room, while maintaining the inviting, familiar warmth of home. Founded in color and texture, this ABC exclusive collection is a quiet gesture towards elegance within a quality, enduring form. An homage to the meticulously crafted furnishings that adorned the homes of New York City’s stately Irving Place neighborhood in the 1800s, each piece is upholstered in a rich array of customizable hues and stretched over a sustainable Goodwood frame for an updated twist on a timeless aesthetic.

isfahan (or esfahan)

These rugs were produced during the Safavid dynasty in the 17th century, when Isfahan was the capital of Persia. Isfahan weavers of the 16th century were influenced by other important art forms including calligraphy, bookbinding, and mosaic work. Their designs consist of delicate patterns of arabesque tendrils and other curvilinear forms, including interlacing vines, vase and hunting motifs. The color palettes frequently consist of magentas, blues, and saffron gold tonalities. Antique Isfahan carpets often used silk wefts, although the city’s earliest rugs used fine hand-spun cotton.

 

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japanese platform bed

Characterized by gently swooping lines, Japanese platform beds reflect the architectural design of pagodas.

 

jardinere

An ornamental plant stand.

 

jewelry armoire

A tall storage cabinet with drawers or double doors that open to reveal hooks, compartments, and shelves for easy storage of jewelry and valuables. Compartments are often lined with mirrors or felt.

 

joinery

Joining together pieces of wood to make furniture, cabinets, and other items; can also refer to the woodworking joints themselves.

jute

Jute fiber is harvested from two varieties of plant that thrive in the Bengal Delta, mostly in Bangladesh and India. After harvesting, the stalks are bundled and soaked in water for about 20 days, enabling the tissues to soften and separate easily. After the fibers are stripped from the stalks, they are washed, dried and baled. Extremely durable, jute offers a striking juxtaposition of being at once coarse and soft.

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karabagh (karabakh)

Persian rugs made in the southeastern Caucasus, close to the Kazak district and bordering northeastern Iran. Karabagh rugs feature medallion-like “eagle kazaks,” “cloudband kazaks” with medallions containing S forms, and both pictorial and realistic floral motifs. This region uses a distinctive weave, a double weft between every two rows of knots.

kashan rugs

Located in the province of Isfahan, Iran, these Persian carpets frequently feature high knot counts and palettes of ivory, green and red with soft greens and blues found in newer rugs. Traditional Kashan rugs feature elongated central medallions with fully covered fields and corner spandrels although all-over patterns are not uncommon. Kashan carpets use the asymmetrical or Persian knot. During the Safavid period, these rugs were often made of silk with gold or silver threads woven into the designs. In later years, the warp and weft were typically cotton with wool as the pile.

 

kayseri rugs

Located in central Turkey, Kayseri carpets are either made from silk or woven from handspun wool with a cotton foundation. Elaborate floral and curvilinear designs are rendered in vivid palettes.

kazak rugs

Bound by the rugged mountains and lush valleys of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, the Kazak Khanate originated wool-on-wool Caucasian rugs with a striking geometric designs and vivid color palettes. In many 19th century Kazak carpets, large archetypal motifs dominate the field, creating a dramatic and unmistakable aesthetic.

 

kerman rugs

Located in south central Iran, Kerman is both a city and a province. Existing with relatively interference or invasions, the arts in Kerman flourished with a distinctive and recognizable flair. Kerman rugs feature fine weaves and a variety of layouts from all-over curvilinear floral patterns to ornate central medallions. The foundations are usually cotton. The dyeing of the wool is done while still in the flock (before spinning), creating more uniform color.

khotan rugs

These rugs are produced in the city of Khotan, located in Eastern Turkestan. The palettes range from rich colors to soft pastels.  The versatile mix of designs from all-over repeats of the iconic pomegranate to ornate borders and elegant medallions are a hallmark to their ability to balance Chinese and western elements. Khotan rugs are often made from wool pile knotted around a cotton warp. For each row of knotted pile, weavers generally added two or three shoots of weft, a trait commonly seen in carpets from Kazak regions.

kilim

Kilims are flatweave rugs typically produced from the Balkans to Pakistan. Unlike pile rugs, kilims are made by interweaving the wefts and warps instead of the short, differently colored strands that are knotted onto the warps. Traditionally kilims feature bold color palettes and striking geometric designs.

kinetic collection

Harness the power of movement with the oscillating palette of the Kinetic collection. Artfully handwoven from wool in Pakistan, geometric microprints and motifs are rendered in neutral colors, creating exquisite minimalist compositions that pulse with the soft pull of kinetic energy. Like the perpetually shifting sands of a desert plain, these unique rugs inspire subtle contemplation and a constantly evolving perspective.

knot count

A measure of the fineness of a carpet, knot count is established by turning a carpet over and tallying the number of knots per linear inch across the warp and the weft and multiplying to get the knots per square inch. However, knot count is just factor determining the quality of a rug and  other factors (origin, weaver, content) should also be considered.

knot type

There are two basic knot types, each with a variety of names. The Persian knot is also referred to as the symmetrical or Seeneh knot. The Turkish knot is known as the symmetrical or Ghiordes knot. Established weaving areas work with a single knot type, so it may be used to identify the origin of a particular carpet.

konya rugs

Turkish rugs that are characterized by the appearance of earth tones and otherwise exhibit restraint towards color combinations. Konyas are crafted from loosely knotted wool, and often feature stepped geometric medallions, or “Memling Guls,” which can be centralized or arranged in allover designs. Rugs in this style may also exhibit unfettered tribal drawings.

kuba (or quba) rugs

Rugs that originated in present-day Azerbaijan in the Caucasus, with a diverse and saturated color palette. Kuba rugs combine cryptic Caucasian symbols with exceptionally decorative motifs. Antique rugs include famous chi-chi prayer rugs, large-scale blossom patterns, and richly colored rugs decorated with a series of radiant medallions. Lezghi stars and Chelaberd medallions with appendages that resemble eagle’s wings or sunbursts are also a common design. Closely related to Shirvans and Dagestans, antique Kuba rugs are distinguished by their dense, ribbed structure and higher knot count, which makes them some of the finest and most tightly woven rugs from the Caucasus.

kurdish rugs

Lustrous wool rugs produced by Kurdish weavers in the northwestern area of Persia and the Iranian Kurdistan. Kurdish rugs are characterized by their bright colors: transparent terra cotta, burnt orange, deep cobalt, and vibrant saffron yellow. Antique Kurdish rugs feature curvilinear shrubs, Herati motifs, Memling guls, and florals. Their style ranges from formal to whimsical. Neighboring weavers have absorbed patterns used in Kurdish designs to become part of the larger culture.

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lacquer finish

A finish applied to seal and protect wood or steel, without obstructing the natural color or wood grain. A lacquer finish does not require waxing or polishing.

laminate

Constructed by uniting two or more layers of materials between coats of plastic and sealing them with heat or pressure.

leaf (motif)

The leaf motif is a symbol of endless regeneration.

left-arm or right-arm

A specification useful in reference to a sectional configuration that refers to the side on which an arm of a sofa is located when facing it.

 

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Made with responsible use of resources, such as water, energy, and raw materials, and designed for re-use of materials in a closed-loop system or 100% biodegradability at end of life.

 

linen

Textile made from the fibers of the flax plant, Linum usitatissimum. Linen is labor-intensive to manufacture, but when it is made into garments, it is valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.

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In support of American-made products, these items are created within a 600-mile radius of New York City in order to support local businesses and reduce the carbon footprint caused by transportation.

locavore

One who adheres to a local diet and only eats food grown within a specific nearby area. Locavores purchase fresh, usually organic produce directly from farmers and small markets. The presence of local farmers is essential to the ecological diversity and sustainability of the region, and the avoidance of large-scale farms and transportation costs reduces the carbon impact of one’s diet.

loom

A simple frame on which a carpet is worked. There are two basic types: horizontal looms, used by nomadic weavers, are temporary structures that can be simply rolled up for transportation, with an unfinished carpet attached, while vertical looms are permanent structures in varying degrees of complexity.

loop back

An oval chair back or a Windsor bow back without arms.

 

loose back

A sofa or chair with cushions that rest against the back of the piece.

 

lotus (motif)

The lotus flower symbolizes rebirth/immortality.

low impact dyes

Absent of heavy metals or harmful chemicals, low impact dyes protect soil and water by creating less toxic waste and using less heat, energy, and water than is required for standard dyes.

 

lowboy dresser

A table-height set of drawers designed to hold a chest for storing clothes.

lumina collection

A collision of light and darkness, the handwoven rugs in the Lumina collection are a modern fusion of beauty, abstraction and distortion. Streaks of saturated hues commingle with blurs of light, creating painterly compositions evocative of the Abstract Impressionist Movement and artist Mark Rothko. Artisans in Jaipur, India use a unique technique that isolates the yarns of handspun silk and wool, creating spectacular splashes of color and movement. The Lumina collection offers the heritage of traditional craftsmanship with the intriguing allure of a contemporary work of art.

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machine-made carpet

Machine-made carpets are created by power looms. Electronically automated and controlled by computers, these carpets can be finished more rapidly than their handmade counterparts, but do not have the same artisanal quality and tine-honored craftsmanship honed after generations.

mahogany

A tropical wood with dark, reddish coloration and handsome grain. Our ABC collection features only plantation-grown mahogany.

malayer rugs

Persian, finely woven rugs from the city and eponymous county located within the province of Hamadan. The colors and patterns of antique Malayer rugs are rich and varied. Tiny boteh motifs are often used to create tremendous allover patterns, though they may also feature large-scale arabesques with curvilinear vine scrolls.

meditation

A technique that can help one readily access creative, innovative, and spiritual impulses, and an enlightened understanding of the universe in connection to oneself.

memory foam

Temperature-sensitive foam developed by NASA and used widely in mattresses and pillows. Memory foam molds to your body, then slowly recovers once pressure is removed.

methane (ch4)

A hydrocarbon that is a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential most recently estimated at 23 times that of carbon dioxide (CO2). Methane is produced through anaerobic decomposition of waste in landfills, animal digestion, decomposition of animal wastes, production and distribution of natural gas and petroleum, coal production, and incomplete fossil fuel combustion.

micro-fabrics

Fabric composed of a blend of synthetic yarns or threads. Micro-fabrics may include micro-suede, micro-velvet, micro-bouclé, and micro-chenille.

mid-century modern

A style of architectural, interior, product, or graphic design that exhibits developments in modern architecture, design, and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. Employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-1950s, the term was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style. Scholars and museums worldwide now recognize it as a significant design movement.

 

mihrab (motif)

The mihrab represents the ‘qibla’ or niche in the main wall of the mosque, which allows the faithful to orient themselves towards Mecca when engaged in prayer or ‘namaz.’ A hallmark of prayer rugs.

mitered corners

A joint made by beveling two pieces of wood or steel at 45 degree angles to form a corner of 90 degrees.

 

modern scandinavian

A design movement that emerged alongside Modernism in the 1930s, Modern Scandinavian design is notable for its beautifully constructed furniture, cast in organic shapes inspired by nature and crafted primarily from wood. The countries that impacted the design world included Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

 

mohair

A silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat, notable for its high luster and sheen. Both durable and resilient, Mohair is one of the oldest textile fibers in use.

mongolian rugs

Carpets that originated around the Mongol period in China, which feature soft and earthy colors with an emphasis on subtle variegation in tonality. Mongolian carpets have a transparent composition of motifs against a uniform ground. The motifs are Chinese in character, and include meanders, knot work, and fretted medallions.

moroccan rugs

Originating in the High Atlas Region of Morocco, Moroccan rugs vary in color from neutral shades to popping hues. The designs also vary, from ordered geometric shapes to free form, expressive patterns. Common motifs used in Moroccan tribal carpets resemble European cave paintings. Lightweight, long, and hand-knotted, Moroccan rugs feature flatwoven thick pile bands, borders, and lattice grid work.

morris chair

An early to mid-19th century version of a reclining chair that features an adjustable back.

 

mortise-and-tenon joinery

A simple and strong woodworking joint used to unite pieces of timber, usually at an angle of 90 degrees. One piece features a precisely cut cavity, or mortise, and the other features a peg-like projection, or tenon, cut to fit tightly into the mortise. The joint may be glued, pinned, or wedged to lock it into place.

mughal rugs

Finely knotted interpretations of both classical Indian and Persian designs, created under the Mughal dynasty from the late 16th to early 18th centuries. The Indo-Isfahan types feature Islamic designs used in contemporary Safavid Persian rug production. Mughal rugs produced in Agra, or farther south in the Deccan, have a distinct Indian style, with highly naturalistic, almost tropical plants and flowers. Regardless of design, a rich palette of red, green, and yellow distinguishes Mughal rugs.

mysticism

A manifestation of abcDNA, the new Mysticism collection is an artistic collaboration between our creative minds and several innovative artisans. True to the ABC ethos, Mysticism was conceived with conscious intention, carrying our Goodwood, Handmade, and Fair & Square icons. Each piece, an aesthetic homage to ancient patinas, is upholstered with carefully selected Italian textiles and interwoven with quality chenille for the softest touch.  Brocaded fabric stretched over locally-crafted frames creates a unique jacquard construction, illuminating the intricate and variegated patterns that compose Mysticism’s signature waves of fading shades and deep chromatic hues. Realized as a proxy to the beauty of time and nature’s innate processes, indulge in Mysticism, our design rooted in life.

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nandi collection

The Nandi collection captures the color and the spirit of South Africa’s Western Cape. Created in the townships of Stellenbosch, Somerset West, and Genadendal, these unique works of art are woven by women artisans who are provided with employment and financial stability for their creativity and artistic talent. Greatly influenced by their natural surroundings – acres of untouched mountains, sweeping green valleys, and the majestic waters of the Cape of Good Hope – the artisans weave a touch of home into each piece. Made from recycled t-shirts, (incredibly soft and wonderfully sustainable), the colorful material is woven into one-of-a-kind designs, like reinterpreted Zulu prints or abstract landscapes. Free-spirited and fun, the Nandi collection is perfect for beach houses, children’s rooms, or creative spaces. View all Nandi

nano-textm

A technology that builds spill and static resistance into individual fibers of a fabric. Nano-TexTM retains the fabric’s natural softness, and lets it breathe naturally.

nap

The face of the rug or fabric where the knot ends were cut.

natural cowhide

Like leather, cowhide is a natural skin. However, natural cowhide retains the animal hair so that each piece displays a unique color and pattern. We feature natural cowhide in our upholstery collections.

 

natural dyes

Obtained from animals or plants, these dyes do not pollute surface waters and are not harmful to skin or to other plants.

natural gas

Underground deposits of gases consisting of 50 to 90 percent methane (CH4) and small amounts of heavier gaseous hydrocarbon compounds such as propane (C3H8) and butane (C4H10).

 

natural latex

Made from the sap of tropical rubber trees. Most natural latex comes from southeast Asia. No petrochemicals or synthetics are used, reducing the emission of CO2 and preventing harmful off-gassing.

natural steel

Left unpainted, natural steel has a dark grey color that varies from piece to piece, much like the grain patterns in wood.

needlepoint

A process to construct ornate rugs in a flat tapestry weave, needlepoint can be traced back to the 16th century in England and northwestern Europe, where classical Turkish designs were reproduced in this style. English needlepoint production continued to create intriguing reinterpretations of Oriental prototypes until the 19th and 20th centuries, when it began to focus more on designs drawn from the Arts and Crafts Movement. English needlepoint also competed with contemporary French petit-point embroidery and Aubusson tapestry.

nomad collection

Discover Nomad, an exclusive collection of vintage flatweaves from Turkey. Each rug is meticulously hand-woven by a single artisan, who hand-washes, spins, and dyes the yarn, then weaves each one-of-a-kind piece on a traditional ground loom, a technique that is characteristic of nomadic Bedouin tribes. Exemplary of the beauty and essence of the culture and landscape of the Eastern deserts,  unique linear and geometric patterns reflective of the tribal symbolism are artistically woven into each piece to create visually intriguing motifs. View all Nomad

nu vibrant collection

Distinguished by rich tonalities and rippled surfaces, the Nu Vibrant collection exudes warmth through vivid color. Handmade in Nepal from silk and wool, each one-of-a-kind rug features a unique striated texture, a detail that adds multi-dimensional intrigue while serving to unify the composition. The collection of contemporary pieces encompasses a range of designs – from elaborate florals, to interlocking geometrics, to minimalist pieces that define space in ribbed columns of woven texture. Electrified with vibrant color, the bold motifs and textural variations of Nu Vibrant alight the senses.  View all Nu Vibrant.

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oil-and-wax finish

A traditional protective wood treatment. An oil-and-wax finish enhances the natural beauty of fine wood while sealing in moisture.

omalon® foam

A brand of memory foam, Omalon® uses a patented densification process that results in excellent initial comfort and luxurious feel, even in firmer mattresses. Due to the strength of its engineered elliptical cells, our latex foam mattress made with Omalon won’t compress under body weight over years of use.

 

organic

USDA Certified Organic foods and farms cannot use most synthetic or petroleum derived pesticides and fertilizers, irradiation, sewage sludge, or genetic engineering. Organic farmers use crop rotation, tilling, and natural fertilizers, such as compost.

organic cotton

Free of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides. Uses untreated seed that are not genetically modified. Conventionally grown cotton is the most toxic crop in the world, using more than 40 million pounds of pesticides annually – more than 25% of the total insecticides used globally. The high concentration of chemicals in clothing can cause a wide barrage of health problems for consumers, including allergies and irritation. These chemicals greatly deplete the future usability of the soil as well, proving financially and environmentally unsustainable. Using organic cotton would save about one third of the total amount of pesticides and fertilizes worldwide.

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Grown without the use of harmful pesticides, herbicides, or seeds from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or raised on organic feed without the use of hormones and antibiotic treatments.

organic wool

Produced from sheep that are not treated with synthetic hormones or pesticides, vaccinations or genetic engineering. No synthetic oils or acids are used in the washing of sheep and all detergents are biodegradable. For conventional wool, sheep are typically dipped in insecticides as well as given hormones and vaccinations.

 

ottoman

An upholstered seat, couch, or overstuffed footstool without a back.

 

ottoman embroidery

A production that began in Central Asia and influenced silk production in China. The largely floral designs are smooth and naturalistic, departing from the abstract approach of mainstream Islamic ornament.

oushak rugs

Produced in western Turkey, Oushak rugs feature central medallion designs in addition to patterns of smaller allover medallions or scattered sprays of vine scroll and palmettes, in a subdued palette of soft apricot and golden saffron tones. They are also known for their lustrous wool and overall monumental/angular designs.

oval back

The shape of a chair back often associated with Hepplewhite designs.

ovas collection

Escape to the tranquil simplicity of the country with the Ovas Collection, exclusively at ABC. Rendered in a muted palette, the tactile woolen knots of these Romanian rugs recreate the unfettered imperfection of nature. Handwoven from naturally dyed New Zealand and European wool, their unique textures conjure the pastoral splendor of their namesake, “Ovas,” a field of oats. An amalgam of bucolic inspiration and streamlined design, these one-of-a-kind rugs bringing effortless beauty to the modern home.

 

ozone (o3)

The triatomic form of oxygen (O3), ozone is a gaseous atmospheric constituent. It is created in the troposphere both naturally and by photochemical reactions involving gases resulting from human activities (photochemical smog). In high concentrations, tropospheric ozone can be harmful because it acts as a greenhouse gas. Ozone is created in the stratosphere by the interaction between solar ultraviolet radiation and molecular oxygen (O2). Stratospheric ozone affects the stratospheric radiative balance. Depletion of stratospheric ozone, due to chemical reactions that may be enhanced by climate change, results in an increased ground-level flux of ultraviolet (UV-) B radiation.

ozone layer

The layer of ozone that begins approximately 15 km above Earth and thins to an almost negligible amount at about 50 km, and shields the Earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The highest natural concentration of ozone (approximately 10 parts per million by volume) occurs in the stratosphere at approximately 25 km above Earth. The stratospheric ozone concentration changes throughout the year as stratospheric circulation changes with the seasons. Natural events such as volcanoes and solar flares can produce changes in ozone concentration, but man-made changes are of the greatest concern.

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paisley (motif)

An iteration of the ‘boteh’ motif, a Persian word meaning shrub, bush, thicket or bramble.

paradigm shift

A radical change in the way a system operates, or in fundamental thought patterns and beliefs. For example, there is a paradigm shift in how we consider the environment today: business, manufacturers, and individuals recognize accountability in protecting the environment. ABC shifts the paradigm of retail into a holistic experience by creating a platform for education, healing, sanctuary, theater, and an interactive museum experience. We model ABC’s retail experience to integrate collective interests that are interconnected with the current world.

paradise bird (motif)

This motif symbolizes paradise.

parquet top

A tabletop constructed with joinery or inlay that has geometric patterns, usually made from different colored woods.

 

parrot (motif)

This motif represents escaping from danger and protection.

parsons table

A modernist square or rectangular table whose four flush, square legs are of equal thickness to the top. Jean-Michel Frank designed the Parsons table while he was working at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, known then as the Paris Atelier.

 

participant

An invitation to our customer to join our collective process to create a better world.

peacock (motif)

The peacock motif is associated with nobility, abundance, and immortality.

pedestal table

A table supported by one central base rather than four legs.

 

pembroke table

A versatile table with hinged leaves at the sides; the Pembroke table is one of Thomas Sheraton’s most famous designs.

 

pendant light

 A vertical light suspended from the ceiling by a chain or a pipe.

 

 

peony (motif)

The peony motif symbolizes power.

petate

A bedroll used in Central America and Mexico, woven from the fibers of the Palm.

petrochemicals

Chemicals made from petroleum (crude oil) and natural gas. Petrochemicals are used for plastics, foam, and insecticides – among other materials. Petrochemicals emit VOCs, which are harmful for the body. In extreme cases, petrochemicals can cause cancer. Petroleum is a non-renewable resource that is usually imported from another country, which additionally contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. ABC offerings aim to minimize petrochemical content. Our organic mattresses use tropical rubber as a foundation, instead of petrochemical-based foam. Organic production of items eliminates the need for pesticides, many of which are petrochemicals. 100% organic cotton would save about one third of the total amount of pesticides used in the world.

phoenix (motif)

A mythical creature, the phoenix combines the five qualities of a respectable life: virtuousness, a sense of duty, blamelessness, humanity and dependability. Symbolic of its grace and elegance, the phoenix motif was also reserved for the Chinese empress.

plissé cloth

 Fabric featuring a puckered finish created by a treatment of caustic soda.

polycarbonate/recyclable polycarbonate

 A strong, lightweight, flexible plastic often used as a shatter-resistant substitute for glass. Polycarbonate is 100 percent recyclable.

polyester

Material with good color clarity, colorfastness, and resistance to water-soluble stains.

polyfoam

Polyurethane foam core encased in ticking.

 

polypropylene

A stain-resistant synthetic fiber that repels stains and water, which makes it ideal for outdoor rugs. Rugs made from polypropylene have good abrasion resistance, but tend to flatten quickly. Dry cleaning is not recommended because many dry cleaning solvents can swell the fibers.

pomegranite (motif)

The pomegranate motif is known as a ‘fruit of paradise’ and also symbolizes fertility.

powder-coat finish

A finish applied to metal furniture that’s designed to withstand extreme temperatures and protect against rust and fading. Powder-coating is applied as a dry powder and then cured under heat to form a hard finish that’s more durable than paint.

prism collection

Colors bend like refracted light across the hand-knotted surface of the Prism collection. Handmade in Nepal from fine handspun silk, each one-of-a-kind rug is distinct with abstract patterns that exotically repeat like a continuous reflection. Distinguished by unique sepia tones and desaturated hues, each piece creates a palette from which to create and redefine interior spaces. Evocative of the fleeting nature of refracted light, the unique compositions of the Prism collection emerge from soft illumination and deep shadows. View all Prism.

provence

The Provence collection revives the delicate carvings and rich splendor of traditional French antiques. Crafted from designers who specialize in creating heirlooms for the future, each piece is crafted using the same techniques once employed by the master craftsmen of Europe. Details like mortise and tenon joints, dovetailed drawers, and pegs instead of nails make each piece an inspired reproduction of timeless French antiques.

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Containing or emitting the lowest possible levels of toxins, such as formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), combustion gases, particulates, allergens, or flame retardants. Pure products preserve air and water quality, while serving to protect and detoxify the body from harmful substances.

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quartz composite

synthetic, engineered material made up of natural quartz pieces and bound with resin.

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ram’s horn (motif)

Central to the livelihood of a tribe, rams are a vital source of life and comfort. The horns symbolize strength, power, fertility, manhood and bravery.

rattan

A vine-like plant with distinctive solid stems, known for being lightweight, durable and flexible. Strands of rattan skin are peeled off the stem and used for weaving around furniture frames. The remaining core is a sturdy material also used in furniture making.

rattan furniture

Furniture made from Rattan, which refers to roughly 600 species of palms native to various tropical regions. Rattan features a slender, flexible stem that makes it very easy to craft into furniture items. Rattan furniture is used both indoors and outdoors to create a tropical look, although it may need to be brought out of harmful weather to prevent deterioration.

 

raw

The ABC Raw collection strips away the layers to discover what lies beneath—revealing the nakedness of time and the elements as the beautiful artistic process of life.  Deconstructed, timeless and recycled, this one-of-a-kind vintage collection celebrates what was before, unearthing the natural deterioration of all things to allow true, unadulterated beauty to shine through. Weathered patinas, aged finishes, and crumbling facades, the Raw is collection designs and creates with the natural powers of the universe, exclusively at ABC.

recliner

An upholstered armchair that often features well-cushioned arms, which can be put into a reclining position by lowering the back and raising the front.

 

recliner sofa

Like a reclining chair, a reclining sofa enables one to sit in a reclined position by lowering the back and raising the front.

 

recycled glass

Glass made from materials found in the Earth: silica sand, soda ash, limestone, dolomite and feldspar. Glass is a highly recyclable material and is created by pulverizing and re-melting virgin glass, known as cullet. Standard glass production uses over 45% recycled post-consumer content.

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Made with recycled or reclaimed materials that have been extracted and reconditioned for a new use. This process minimizes the flow of waste into landfills.

refectory table

A long, narrow table with heavy stretchers positioned close to the floor. Refectory tables were originally used by religious orders in the middle ages, and modern adaptations differ in that they feature a shorter frame.

 

reflect

Touched by a painterly aesthetic inspired by 18th-century Europe, each one-of-a-kind piece in the Reflect collection is crafted within a vintage, antique theme. Aged bronze finishes and weathered white wood create a dreamy, feminine ethos that infuses its surroundings with a soft tranquility—the romantic tale of a storied piece come home.

reforestation

Planting forests on lands that previously contained forests, but were converted for an alternate use.

renewable energy

Electricity supplied from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, geothermal, hydropower, and various forms of biomass. These energy sources are considered renewable sources because they are continuously replenished on the Earth.

 

resin

A clear or translucent, typically plant-based, organic substance used in lacquers, varnishes, synthetic plastics, and adhesives.

responsibly harvested wood

Wood from responsibly managed forests that only cut trees to prevent forest fires.

rolled arms

Upholstered arms that curve outward, which creates a soft and classic appearance.

rose (motif)

The rose motif represents the idea that cultivated by man, nature becomes more refined/purified than its original state.

rug pad

Designed to be used under rugs on both hard surfaces and carpets, a rug pad will maintain the proper position of a rug by preventing sliding and wrinkling. It will also reduce wear and tear, help absorb impact, and make vacuuming easier.

running water (motif)

The running water motif represents the life-giving quality of water as well as the potential for inner purification.

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S (motif)

An abstract representation of the dragon, this motif is also thought to stem from the Zoroastrian symbol for the sun.

sacred space

Inspired by altars around the world, home can be created as an expression of a personal relationship to our self, to our ancestors, and to all life. Our space is an expression of interconnectedness with all that we hold sacred: a place to reflect and contemplate, intimately in our essence without boundaries.

samoke collection

A smoldering blend of smoky hues and abstract design defines the Samoke collection, a reinvention of traditional motifs. Hand-knotted in India using a blend of pure silk and wool, each one-of-a-kind rug is infused with desaturated color combinations. Meandering vines, lattices, and palmettes link the collection to the regal history of the Pink City; traditional designs are modernized, rendered abstract through a grayscale dyeing effect. The achromatic palette of natural and charcoal hues disrupts the compositional unity for a contemporary touch. Distinctive, with a touch of the ethereal, the Samoke embodies the exotic Samode palaces of Jaipur. View all Samoke.

sarouk rugs

Produced in the Arak region in Iran, Sarouk rugs feature classic curvilinear vine scrolls and arabesques in cream, indigo, or pale red. Local floral motifs represent the diversity of regional carpet-weaving traditions. Sarouk rugs are crafted in soft, velvety wool and fairly thick pile with an asymmetrical knot on a cotton ground.

savaged wood

Sourced from waste or felled trees. Wood that fell due to natural disaster, that is then gathered and repurposed.

 

savonnerie rugs

After traveling to the Levant during the early 17th century, weaver Pierre DuPont claimed he discovered the technique of creating Turkish rugs-the Ghiordes knot. Oriental rugs were extremely expensive, and recognizing the appeal of a French manufacturer who could create the same type of rug, Henri VI of France established a workshop for DuPont at the Louvre. In 1627, King Louis XIII founded a factory for DuPont in a former soap factory (French savon) in the 16th arrondissement. The colors on a dominant ivory field exemplify the formal grace and elegance of classical European design.

scandinavian rugs

Scandinavia is known for their rugs from Rya and Rollakan. These rugs were made in solid colors, especially black, gray, white, and yellow but gradually geometric motifs and floral designs were introduced. Rugs from Rya were used by nobility as bedding as well as to to display social standing, carpets from Rollakan features distinctive folk weavings that are flatwoven.

scorpion (motif)

Due to their fear of its venom, people used to carry jewelry in the form of a scorpion or decorated with its tail to protect themselves.

seagrass

Seagrass carpets are made from smooth, reedy plants and offer a subtle sheen. Naturally neutral, seagrass frequently features a subtle light-brown or sage green tint.

self-storing leaves

Table leaves that can be stored beneath the tabletop and extend from both ends of the table.

 

semi-aniline leather

Leather that is treated with aniline, then finished with pigments to match the color of the surface hide. Semi-aniline adds protection to the leather, making it resistant to scratches, fading, and easy to clean.

sent sofia

A passionate example of the ABC mission, this inspired collection created in Istanbul digs deep into indigenous design DNA to bring back the culture, the design, and the stories of history. Vintage rugs, Anatolian grain sacks, and kilims are given new life through the creative over-dying process of radiant new color, then reconstructed into artistic, modern furniture and accent pieces for the home. Recycled, repurposed, and reinvented, Sent Sofia is made with wisdom and love, exclusively at ABC

serab rugs

Persian rugs woven in the village of Serab, located near Heriz. Antique Serab rugs tend to feature somber and slightly oxidized hues, such as camel, mulberry red, and brick. Known for their runners with a characteristic camel ground and lozenge-shaped medallions, the angular style of Serab rugs is reminiscent of tribal Bakshaish rugs and those made by Kashgai weavers. Traditional Serab rugs feature an elongated composition that is bounded by an ornamental frame.

serapi

Persian rugs produced in the Iranian province of Eastern Azerbaijan and the area surrounding Heriz. Antique Serapi rugs feature a variety of symbolic patterns rendered in a combination of light colors, neutrals, and stark camel brown. Referencing a combination of tribal patterns from the Caucasus and early Safavid influences, Serapi rugs are finely constructed with high quality wool.

serpentine

 A decorative element that features a wavy, convex surface and concave ends.

 

 

settee

A medium-sized sofa with arms and a back.

 

shaker

A furniture style characterized by simple lines, with features such as ladder backs, tapered legs, and woven-strap chair seats. Named after the American religious sect known as the Shakers, formed in the mid-1770s.

 

shapeshifting

A meditation on the relationship between humankind and nature, particularly animals.

shoji screens

Japanese-style room partitions or sliding panels, usually constructed from translucent rice paper and framed in black lacquered wood.

 

silk

Silk is a high quality material that produces shine and luster. Silk comes from the long thread that a silkworm uses to spin its cocoon. The thread can reach over 5,000 feet long. Silk is the most valuable material used in carpet weaving. It is commonly used for finely woven rugs. It requires special care to clean as it is a truly delicate material and not suitable for hard wear.

silk rugs

Generally more expensive and slightly less durable than wool rugs, silk rugs are finely woven with exceptional detail and high definition. Silk content can vary, and as a rule the higher the silk content the finer the carpet. Historically, silk carpets were rare and highly collectible because silk was difficult to procure. Because silk fiber is now easier to produce, contemporary silk carpets are much larger than those from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

single wrapped cushion

A foam cushion insert wrapped with a single layer of synthetic filler. This wrap softens the boxy look of the foam block inside the chair or sofa cushion.

 

sirvan

Located in modern-day Azerbaijan, the Khanate produced highly decorative antique rugs that feature a formality and stylistic complexity found in few rugs from the Caucasus. Distinguished by a large and supple weave, deep colors, and complex patterns of medallions, Shirvan rugs are finely detailed.

sisal

Sisal fibers are derived from the leaves of the ‘agave sislana’ cactus plant. Sisal has a distinctively coarse texture, and is stronger and more durable than other natural fibers.

sivas

Produced in the historic region of Anatolia, Turkey, Sivas rugs feature soft colors, with an emphasis on ivory ground tones and pastel details. A diverse variety of Turko-Persian patterns influence antique Sivas carpets, such as elegant repeating patterns, arabesques, and medallions set over monochromatic fields.

slat back

Often used in American colonial styled chairs, this design features horizontal rails across the back and resembles a ladder.

sleigh bed

 A high, scrolled headboard and footboard resembling the front of a sleigh.

 

slow design

A holistic design approach that focuses on individual, societal, and planetary well-being over the long term.

snake (motif)

This motif symbolizes a guardian/wisdom.

socially responsible

Also referred to as sustainable, socially conscious, “green,” or ethical investing, social responsibility is any investment strategy that considers both financial return and social good. In general, socially responsible investors encourage corporate practices that promote environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights, and diversity.

sofa table

A long, thin, tall, occasional table placed against the back of a sofa or against a wall. Original 18th century versions feature small, rounded drop leaf ends and drawers.

 

soumak (sumak)

Named for the village of Shemaka in the Caucasus, Soumak rugs feature grand medallions, fine patterns, Persian garden designs, and tribal motifs surrounded by multiple sets of richly detailed borders. Soumaks are thick, strong, and exceptionally durable, as they are woven by running yarn around warps in a serpentine pattern and then separating the rows by wefts.

soy wax

Soy wax is pesticide-free and GMO-free. Produced from soybeans, a renewable resource which can be grown domestically in the United States.

Spanish

Spanish rugs feature soft colors, with dominant ivory grounds and pastel greens and yellows. Although some early carpets from Spain imitated those of Ottoman Turkey, they soon developed a distinctive, uniquely Iberian or European style of ornament. They are truly knotted, not looped, in staggered rather than superimposed rows.

spring and down

Spring and down cushions feature coils wrapped in foam that sit at the center of the cushion and provide support, while an “envelope” of feathers surrounds the core for sink-in comfort. Even if one sits on a spring and down cushion for an extended period of time, the coil and foam core will quickly spring back to its original shape once the pressure is relieved.

 

 

star of wisdom (motif)

This eight-pointed star is a tribal depiction of man’s potential for inner wisdom and understanding. Known to be worn as a ring by King Solomon. Also a symbol for spirituality and luck.

suede

A type of leather with a napped finish, commonly used for jackets, shoes, shirts, purses, furniture, and other items.

sultanabad

Persian rugs produced in the city of Sultanabad, now known as Arak in Iran, feature rich, warm colors, and large-scale designs. Sultanabad rugs share a classical Persian repertoire of floral motifs, and have a larger and more supple weave.

sunclipse collection

Transcend dimensions in a balance of light, color, and design with the Sunclipse collection. Recycled sari silk is handwoven and washed in India, revealing intricate motifs and designs that harmonize with spontaneous bursts of color. Stylized medallions in each one-of-a-kind rug are evocative of antique 19th century designs, depicting intriguing narratives passed down through generations. Iridescent, extraordinary  foundations, Sunclipse cultivates fascination, beauty, and intrigue – an ordinary canvas transformed into a magical experience. View all Sunclipse

sunflower board

Strong panel board made from sunflower seed hulls, a natural fiber from an abundant renewable resource.

 

sustainable

Meeting the needs of the present without diminishing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Practices that do not result in the permanent damage, alteration, or depletion of the environment, ecosystems, species, or natural resources

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Protecting the planet by reducing the use of resources and energy.

 

suzani

Produced in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, Suzani rugs feature earth tones like dark red, orange, green, or beige, and typically portray a botah motif and other flowers such as tulips, wild hyacinths, and pomegranate blossoms. Embroidered in separate pieces and then stitched together, Suzani rugs are often made with a cotton or linen background and silk embroideries.

swedish

Rugs from Sweden are known for their modernist motifs and designs, such as simple geometric patterns and artful motifs based on regional folklore.

swivel rocker

 A rocking chair that also revolves.

synthetic ticking

A manmade, nonwoven synthetic fabric used to encase fiber cushions. Due to its porous nature, it is not used to enclose down fill.

 

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tabriz rugs

Persian rugs that originated in the city of Tabriz in northwest Iran. Colors range from multicolored, bright renderings with blue or red fields to subdued palettes in shades of brown, ivory, saffron, and green. These regional carpets feature curvilinear designs, Safavid emblems, allover Herati patterns, medallions, and varied motifs. The symmetrical, or Turkish knot is common in Tabriz weavings, and the foundations may be cotton, silk, or wool.

tallboy dresser

A piece of furniture that combines a double chest of drawers with a wardrobe on top.

 

tansu

Large cabinetry, Tansu is most commonly associated with traditional mobile storage cabinetry indigenous to Japan.

 

tapestries

A fabric consisting of a warp upon which colored threads are woven by hand to produce a design, often pictorial, used for wall hangings and furniture coverings. Chinese wall tapestries that are reproductions of Belgian, French, and Flemish tapestries feature great detail and very closely approximate the originals.

tarantula (motif)

The tarantula motif symbolizes the prevention of bad luck.

teak

An extremely dense and durable tropical hardwood. Our ABC collection features only plantation-grown teak.

terra collection

The shifting patterns of the Terra collection invoke the tectonic movements in the earth, its rippling progressions and regressions relevant on a global scale.  Artisans meticulously hand-knot handspun wool in a remote, mountainous region of Pakistan, and the global influence is evident. Geometric motifs draw their inspiration from the strikingly linear compositions of traditional African textiles, like the Kuba cloth. The vegetable-dyed dichromatic color palette and stippled effect of the abrash weaving technique enhance these earthly compositions, creating rich, organic landscapes for the modern home.

tessellation collection

Inspired by the architectural elements of Modernism, the Tessellation collection features geometric shapes in muted hues. Crafted from silk and wool, each piece is handmade in India by local artisans who weave the concentric patterns in dynamic shades of charcoal, tan, and cobalt, creating a subtle sheen that unifies the surface of each rug. Drawing upon the tessellations of tiles, this one-of-a-kind collection features the beauty of continuous pattern and form through a contemporary lens.

tester bed

A four-poster bed that features a canopy supported by a frame.

 

tete-a-tete sofa

An S-shaped sofa on which two people can sit face to face.

 

thera collection

Inspired by the patterned mosaics of ancient Mediterranean tiles, the Thera collection delivers with vivid color and graphic impact. Chromatic brocades, streamlined florals, Greek keys, and exotic motifs pulse across these contemporary rugs – an amalgam of ancient designs reinvented through a contemporary lens. Crafted in China and Nepal from a meticulous blend of wool, silk or cotton, each one-of-a-kind rug reimagines the beauty of Greek mosaics through modern geometric form.

tibetan

Tibetan rugs are primarily blue, brown, grey, red, and yellow, with geometric patterns. Traditionally made from Tibetan highland sheep wool and constructed with a unique knotting method, Tibetan rugs often take the form of meditation rugs.

tight back

A tailored sofa or chair, with a back that connects to the frame and no removable cushions.

 

tip-shear

A technique in which a shearing machine skims the surface of a rug, trimming some loops while leaving others intact. Tip-shear creates a tonal look, adding dimension and texture to the rug design.

 

top-grain

The outer, most durable layer of the hide. Top-grain is typically used in furniture because of its ability to soften over time while maintaining quality and durability.

 

traditional chinese joinery

Refined over hundreds of years, traditional Chinese joinery uses complex, self-locking joints. The tightly fitting, incredibly strong joints eliminate the need for nails or screws and result in pieces that look beautiful from every angle.

 

tree of life (motif)

A popular design that is religious in origin, the tree of life is often combined with the mihrab as a secondary motif. Frequent across many religions, the fruit of this tree is thought to bring immortality. Different cultures have used a variety of species incluging the cypress, date, palm, pomegranate, fig, win, beech and oak to symbolize the tree of life. The cypress tree is the most common form in Anatolia.

trestle table

A table supported by uprights at each end, connected by stretcher.

 

tri-fold mirror

A mirror that sits on or hangs above a dresser, a tri-fold mirror features a central mirrored panel and two mirrored side panels that produce three reflective images simultaneously.

 

trundle bed

 A low or collapsible bed that is stored under another bed.

 

tubular steel

Hollow steel that reduces structural vibration and increases overall stability of a piece.

 

tuffet (pouffe or hassock)

A piece of furniture used as a footstool or low seat, which differs from a stool in that it is completely covered in cloth and no legs are visible.

 

tufted

Produced by hand or by machine, a technique in which loops of yarn are pulled through a backing material then sheared to create a smooth, cut-pile surface. Another layer of cloth is added to the back of the rug to hold the loops in place.

tulip (motif)

The tulip motif symbolizes prosperity.

tulu collection

Discover our exclusive collection of vintage Turkish Tulu rugs, collected from remote villages around Turkey. Originating in the Konya region, these soft, textured rugs exude indigenous spirit. Tulus are characterized by their lengthy wool pile, handwoven with tufts of wool interwoven into an underlying design. Reflecting the ancient mysticism and beauty of their native land, tribal and geometric motifs are rendered with color and personality. From vivid and bright to soft and subtle – the Tulu collection from ABC will bring an eclectic, bohemian spirit to any space. View all Tulu

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umbra collection

Inspired by the interplay of light and shadow, the Umbra collection features abstract patterns cast in a modern grayscale effect. Crafted in Nepal and India from a blend of silk and wool, each one-of-a-kind piece features contrasting lines and irregular forms that fragment across a neutral ground. Celebrating a resurgence of abstract expressionism in shades of black, gray, and white, each piece appears illuminated within by a moon cast shadow or a softly veiled light. Exclusively at ABC, the Umbra collection pays homage to the art of abstraction. View all Umbra

urbn 2.0

URBN 2.0 is redefining what it means to be modern.  Based in Shanghai, this globally minded company uses reinvention as a catalyst to inform, inspire, and enlighten the sacred space of home.  Using repurposed, industrial materials and outfitting them with a contemporary and artistic edge, this purveyor of fashion-forward furniture produces items that are sleek, sophisticated, and, most importantly, sustainable.  Ingenious artistry melds the modernity of metal with the timeless texture of refurbished woods to create a fusion of old and new that is at once current and classic.

uzbek

Produced in and around the city of Tashkent, the rich colors of Uzbek rugs are enhanced by ground fabric in deep tones, rather than ivory or tan. Uzbek rugs often feature large, circular medallions or star patterns derived from Uzbek felt appliqués, but can also have floral vines influenced by Persian embroidery.

 

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velvet

A type of woven, tufted fabric with a short dense pile, across which the cut threads are evenly distributed.

verge

Combining the organic charm of natural wood with the refined aesthetics of contemporary design, this handcrafted collection of rustic furniture with a polished twist is hewn from reclaimed wood, creating new and sustained life from nature’s rescued treasures.  Drawing from a rich palette of sustainable materials, these pieces create a mosaic of natural colors and textures that celebrate green craftsmanship

volatile organic compounds (vocs)

Gases such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, toluene, and benzene, that are readily released, or off-gassed, into the indoor air by building materials such as paints, fabrics, and appliances.

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warp

The vertical threads that form part of the foundation of a carpet.

watchman’s chair

A design of un-upholstered wood construction that features a forward slanted seat. Historically, this piece of furniture was created to prevent watchmen from falling asleep while on duty.

 

water vapor

The water present in the atmosphere in gaseous form, it is the most abundant greenhouse gas. While humans are not significantly increasing its concentration, water vapor contributes to the enhanced greenhouse effect because the warming influence of greenhouse gases leads to a positive water vapor feedback. In addition to its role as a natural greenhouse gas, water vapor plays an important role in regulating the temperature of the planet because clouds form when excess water vapor in the atmosphere condenses to form ice and water droplets and precipitation.

weft

The horizontal threads that form part of the foundation of a carpet.

 

wellington chest

A tall, narrow chest of drawers with little or no decoration, named after the Duke of Wellington.

 

welsh cupboard

 A large cupboard with open, wood-backed shelves on top and a cabinet base that is generally used in dining rooms to display china.

 

welsh dresser

Also referred to as a china hutch, a Welsh dresser is a traditional piece of furniture used to display tableware, such as crockery, silverware, and pewter.

 

wheatboard

An alternative to wood made out of natural wheat straw, an annually renewable resource. Wheatboard may be painted and stained like wood and can be used for similar interior applications such as cabinetry, furniture, and decorative wall applications.

wheel of life (motif)

The wheel of life motif represents the ever-changing and cyclical nature of life. Influenced by tribal beliefs that life events are not arbitrary and that meaning/growth can come from all experiences.

wind energy

Energy collected from motion caused by wind. Wind energy is collected in turbines with propellers that spin when the wind blows, and turn the motion of the propeller into energy that can be used in the electrical grid. Wind energy is a clean, renewable, and abundant source of energy. Large wind farms are often located outside of cities and supply power for electrical grids within the city.

windsor chair

 A wooden chair with a bentwood, fan, hoops, or bow back, and legs that are pegged into a thick saddle seat. The back is often formed of plain or turned spindles with or without splats.

 

wing chair

An easy chair or club chair with “wings” mounted to the back of the chair, which typically stretch down to the arm rest.

 

wire management

Special holes or slats in the rear panels of media cabinets or storage dressers. These openings safely accommodate cords and wires from electronic components to hide them out of the way.

wolf’s mouth/monster’s feet (motif)

A symbol woven by nomads for protection against wild animals they frequently encounter in nature.

wool

Wool is the most common material used in the weaving of rugs. It is obtained by shearing the supple wool from sheep, which is then spun into yarn. It varies in texture depending upon its origin. Wool has the ability to be dyed in a limitless range of colors. Wool provides strength, versatility, and variety while maintaining a favorable appearance for a long period of time. It is extremely durable and easily cleanable, making it the best option for high traffic areas. It provides excellent insulation against noise and retains heat during colder months.

wrap-around doors

Hinges that allow doors to open 270 degrees, so they lie parallel with the sides of a cabinet.

 

writing desk

Often called a bureau, a writing desk acts as a kind of compact office. The writing surface typically folds down or slides out to preserve the compact size.

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yoco

The young and contemporary (YOCO) collection melds modern, eclectic pieces with accessible design. A diverse collection of sharp, forward pieces and statement accents create an energized and vibrant environment.

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