January 28, 2011Issue No. 58
The Red Vault
January Design Newsletter

Hello ~



A beautiful rug in a space can be a dramatic focal point and bring the room together visually by tying the colors and design aesthetic. Rugs also add incredible warmth and depth to any space.

Rug ideas:

  • Use a rug to define or separate areas such as seating or dining areas and foyers.  
  • If you use more than one rug in a room, make sure they are not the same size. Same sized rugs can cut your room in half visually.
  • When using more than one rug, it's better when the rugs complement each other in style. If not, you could end up with a jarring or unpleasant effect.
  • Use a favorite rug as the basis of the color scheme in a room. Or if you add the rug later, you can use it to accent or tie in your existing colors.
  • Use a rug to visually quieten a room or turn up the volume as needed. If your upholstery or wallpaper has an ornate pattern, choose a rug that is more subtle. When walls and upholstery are fairly subdued, you can try a busier pattern to add more interest to the room.
  • Use a rug as the focal point of your room as rugs can make a huge impact. To do that you can create contrast by painting your walls a hue that echoes one of your rug's accent colors.
  • Don't assume that a rug has to be a rectangle. Let the way you group your furniture dictate the shape of your rug. Try figuring out what shape would look best and then go with a square, round, or oval shape if that seems like the better option than a rectangle.
  • When you buy a room size rug, leave the floor bare at the edges to makes it look a little larger. Also, when laying a rug under your dining table, leave at least 24" of rug from the edge of the table out on all sides. This enables the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug, even when pulled out to let someone sit.
  • Runners should be 4 inches narrower than your hallway and 18 to 24 inches shorter. Make sure they are wide enough to accommodate both feet on the rug when you walk.  


Rugs by Alan & Fine Floors

1109 Conrad Sauer, Ste A
Houston Texas 77043

With a strong foundation established over twelve years in the custom rug and carpet business, Rugs by Alan & Fine Floors has set the standard.  Working with many of the industries newest products and keeping up with the latest technologies they are always ahead of the competition.  Rugs by Alan works with many of the top interior designers in the Houston area and is prepared for challenging projects while maintaining tight deadlines. With hand selected products in their showroom there is something for every style.

They are one of the top installers of seagrass flooring and have the new "soft seagrass".  



John Wood at Rugs by Alan also emphasizes the importance of using a quality rug pad. 

Creative Flooring

2410 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005 View Map

Owner and Houston native, Greg Manteris, brings over 20 years of expertise to the flooring trade, providing a wonderful resource for the design industry. He was one of the first to offer seagrass matting and soon thereafter, with such great sells, he had garnered the title of the "King of Seagrass" by his faithful customers.  Creative Flooring specializes in natural flooring selections from wool carpet, sisal, seagrass, hardwoods, and cork. There has been a progressive evolution here and the selection of handmade wool and wool/silk rugs is truly exceptional.

Pride of Persia

7026 Old Katy Road, #164 View Map
Houston, Texas  77024

When Mehdi Abedi moved to Houston in 1981 to complete his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Rice University, he also returned to his rug roots. Mehdi says, "One of the first sounds I ever heard was the sound of weaving." All four of his sisters are accomplished weavers in Yazd, Iran. His daily route to school took him past the boiling dye pots and brightly colored wool hung to dry in the alleys.

Beginning with just 10 small Hamadans in 1981, he built an extensive collection and a loyal clientele. A few years later, he began teaching other enthusiasts about Persian rugs through continuing education courses.

Lisa Slappey arrived in Houston in 1991 to complete her Ph.D. in English at Rice University. She soon joined Mehdi in selling Persian rugs by private appointment. To display the growing collection, they acquired exhibit space in Carolyn Thompson's Antique Center of Texas in 1996 and Pride of Persia Rug Co. was born. The shop later expanded to feature about 4,000 rugs in a showroom of nearly 8,000 square feet.

In March 2009, Pride of Persia grew again by opening a beautiful new showroom in the Houston Design Center. This shop features an extensive collection of antique and unusual Persian rugs from the cities, villages and tribes of Persia, along with select lines of new rugs from around the world. It is Houston's home for Hadji Jalili Revivals and Lapchi Hand-Woven Carpets in Silk and Wool.

Emmet Perry & Co

8200-C Washington Ave.  View Map    
Houston, TX 77007

Emmet Perry & Co. brings the finest handmade rugs from around the world to Interior Designers and those who appreciate well crafted interior furnishings. Rug and carpet collections range from fashion forward, using the pallet of today's design world, to classic beauties in timeless designs. Traditional, transitional, and contemporary styles fill the 7,000 square foot showroom. All price ranges are represented including an amazing sale rack filled with bargains.

The assortment of carpets and rugs is vast but the experience is intimate and user friendly. Owner Jennie Perry and her staff bring a high level of expertise and product knowledge to every project providing clients with a high comfort level in choosing the right piece. With swing arm display racks scanning through the racks is easy and, if you like, can be done on your own at your own pace.

Approvals are encouraged, they even recommend one never purchase a rug that can't be taken home on approval. Deliveries in the Houston area are free as well as pads for in stock rugs purchased.

This beautiful showroom is located just mile north of the Katy Freeway with easy drive up convenience. Located in the Washington Square Design Centre.

Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries

2702 Sackett St.
Houston, Texas 77098 View Map
Tel: (713) 528-2666 

Matt Esfahani founded Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries in 1980. The company has grown from its first gallery in the River Oaks area of Houston to include galleries in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and Scottsdale.

Matt graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He left a career in oil and gas to start Matt Camron, Inc. For the past 30 years, Matt has specialized in antique textiles, oriental rugs, kilims, and oriental needlework, as well as European rugs and tapestries.

The Matt Camron Collection in each store is a combination of fine art antique rugs, decorative older rugs, and the finest new rugs being produced today. Matt personally buys all of the old rugs himself, literally traveling the globe for their acquisition.


Houston Rug Mart
Fine Persian & Oriental Rugs
9874-76 Harwin
Houston, TX 77036 View Map 
713-784 6278

Houston Rug Mart is the source of fine handmade, decorative, Oriental, Area rugs and Carpets of exceptional color, character and quality. By offering a wide variety of choices, we provide solutions that enable our clients to create truly unique and soulful environments. We strive hard to bring selective pieces from around the globe with emphasis on up-to-date colors and unique designs.

We are a wholesale source for interior designers and architects. We specialize in getting coordinating pieces and hard to find colors and sizes. We have a special Custom line in all styles like Contemporary, Tibetan and Traditional rugs.




Carl Moore Antiques
1610 Bissonnet St. 
Houston, TX 77005 View Map

The Red Vault's Jon Little recently stopped by Carl Moore Antiques, visited with them and saw their new inventory.

I think this is so extraordinary!

Love these framed collections

The Houston Design Center

7026 Old Katy Road

View Map

Houston, Texas 77024




Houston Design Center will welcome the design legend Alexa Hampton on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 from 11am-1pm. She will be presenting "Decades of Design with Mark Hampton" and will sign copies of her book The Language of Interior Design.


Join The Red Vault members Emmet Perry & Co and Sugar Creek Interiors at "Cupcakes and Cocktails" on Thursday, February 10 from 4pm-7pm.

Washington Square Design Centre
8200 Washington Avenue, Houston, Tx 77007

Download event flyer here.

cupcakes and cocktails 




Laura U Collection
1840 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098 View Map

The wonderful Laura U Collection is having a New Year's Clearance Sale today through January 29th


Courtney and Company
Home & Ranch Interiors
9412 Gaylord Drive,
Houston Texas 77024

Courtney and Company is having a 20% - 70% off sale on all furnishings and accessories through January 31st




The Urban Market Houston Antique Show 

The Urban Market Houston Antique Show is February 12th and 13th.
The Urban Market is an extraordinary outdoor antique market that features over 50 dealers. It is moving to its new location in Midtown at 3101 Smith @ Elgin, Houston, Tx 77006.

Saturday, February 12 4pm-6pm
Sunday, February 13 9am-4pm

Saturday is an early shopping event. Tickets for Saturday are $25 each which includes beverages, hors d'oeuvres, early shopping, and re-entry on Sunday.
Sunday ticket prices are $5 each. 



HADA Spring Antiques Show and Sale 

Mark your calendar for the HADA Spring Antiques Show & Sale from February 23-27, 2011 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A3

Click here for the flyer



Peck and Company, Inc.
98 Dennis Street
Houston, Texas 77006 View Map
866-217-5200 Toll Free

Peck & Company has some fabulous new inventory. Founded in 1987, Bill Peck turned his passion of metal into a world class source for creating custom metal furniture, lighting, drapery hardware and decorative accessories.  He began his career in metal over 50 years ago after spending summers working in his father's oilfield manufacturing company.  Gears, sprockets and chains were interesting mechanics, but the real magic was how metal could be sculpture.  Bill Peck obtained a business degree from the University of Texas and perfected his trade in the top blacksmith, jewelry and art schools in the country.  His innate desire to create unique and functional works has influenced Peck and Company to continually expand its knowledge of design, techniques and equipment.  Our craftsman work the marvels of cast and forged iron, sheet metal, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, bronze, copper and zinc.
Our 20,000 square foot design and production facility includes a team of 25 talented artisans.  He brings a complementary range of skills and interests to the design and fabrication and finishing of each custom project. Services offered include custom faux finishes for client furnishings and wiring for lighting.



Laura Umansky @ Laura U, Inc. 
1840 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 522 0855

Awarded for its trailblazing design concepts, the Laura U design studio provides an array of services for the discerning client. Our full service design firm offers turn-key interior design for luxury residential and commercial interiors. Under the direction of interior designer Laura Umansky, who's known for creating bold, classically current interiors, the design studio has no bounds.



Welcome to The Red Vault's New Marketing Director, Jon Little


Meet The Red Vault's new Marketing Director, Jon Little. Jon comes to The Red Vault with 11 years of ad agency experience and was a part of the original conception team of the Las Vegas campaign "What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas."  

He also worked on other prestigious accounts such as Waste Management, Popeye's Chicken, Advance Auto Parts, and Daisy Brand Sour Cream.  

He is excited to be an addition to The Red Vault team and so happy to be working with all of their clients. Jon is usually running around town visiting with his great clients so if you see him, be sure to say Hi!



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