Gary Cruz Studio
Growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast in a tiny fishing village that doubled as an art colony, Gary Cruz fell in love with the patterns and colors in nature. That love, along with a keen knowledge of proportion and scale honed by formal training as an architect, is reflected in the custom, hand-knotted rugs of Gary Cruz Studio. In describing his affiliation with GoodWeave®, Gary speaks in architectural terms. As an avid supporter of the organization, he says GoodWeave membership is an “essential building block” of his company.
Gary believes he brings an “architectural point of view” to rug design, interpreting harder materials into a softer medium. For example, “Path Stones,” a random pattern of stone shapes in five colors, is loosely based on a field of stones. Of course, he looks for patterns not only in nature but everywhere. “Bang,” a sophisticated but simple design in bright orange, was inspired by the technological patterns of sound waves and “Tangiers” by traditional North African tiles. Translating patterns into the textile medium is often complicated, but Gary loves the challenge. Designing entirely on the computer, he creates what he calls a “blueprint.” “The process brings together all my interests,” he says.
His greatest satisfaction is working with the weavers in Nepal. “There are wonderful surprises in the way the designs turn out in color and scale,” says Gary. But there is more to it than that. He says that collaborating with the weavers and aligning with GoodWeave have helped him create a sustainable and ethical workplace and a product that reflects his values. “A rug is the foundation of a room,” he says. “Who wouldn’t want that to be produced ethically?”
To learn more, visit garycruzstudio.com.