Robin Gray Design
Santa Fe-based designer Robin Gray launched her rug business to help sustain the native techniques and traditions of gifted artisans, whose skills have often been passed down for generations. “My aim,” she says, “is to preserve the cultural heritage and help sustain the livelihoods of my artisan partners.” Robin’s membership in GoodWeave helps her achieve this by ensuring that the skilled adults weaving her rugs are not economically marginalized by competition from child labor. Robin sees her association with GoodWeave as her “small contribution to spreading the word.”
Created to commission, Robin’s rugs allude to traditional designs but are made contemporary and unique through the use of fresh colorations, dimensional textures and striking patterns. Her designs reflect her attraction to the muted hues of natural vegetable dyes and the vivid palettes of Mexico, India and the Middle East. “I love exploring how a design is transformed by simply changing the relationships of the colors,” Robin says.
Engaged in textile arts since childhood, Robin has worked as a weaver, fiber artist and contemporary quilt designer. Her patterns are influenced by many elements, including iconic ethnic images from around the world and natural elements such as leaves, bark and stones. Her designs encompass seven collections, including hand-knotted, -tufted and -woven flat-weave and Kilim weave in natural vegetable and mineral dyes.
To learn more about Robin Gray Design, visit www.robingraydesign.com.