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Birmingham to Nepal and back with Steve Holmes

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 photo Steve_zpsf919b930.jpg We enjoyed (as always) working with Steve Holmes of Timeless Interiors on this custom rug project and knew the moment we saw the finished rug installed in this fabulous Mountain Brook, Alabama home that we had to share it. We sat down with Steve post installation/holidays to get his thoughts and perspectives on this gorgeous dining room.

Steve Holmes of Timeless Interiors stated, “All interior design projects have a starting point and this one is no different.  The clients had not decorated their home since the early Nineties, and we decided to focus on the artwork they had collected on trips to the American Southwest.  Aubergine was a color that was in most all of the artwork, so that became our accent color.”  Steve then proclaimed that his philosophy on dining rooms is a simple one, “this is one room to be daring in.  You are usually in the room for 3-4 hours at a time, so why not make it special.”

The distressed mirror wall Steve installed is cut in 36″ square panels.  The walls and trim were painted a dark gray, and the draperies are in an oatmeal linen with a band with aubergine, oatmeal, and dark gray.  The dining room chairs are upholstered in a gray leather.

At this point Steve turned his attention to the rug.  The dining room is a square, so a rectangular rug was not an option.  An overall stylized paisley pattern was selected so that there would not be a visual center of the rug.  We selected a dark gray for the field and the paisleys are aubergine and cream.  The rug completed the room, giving it texture and depth without being overpowering.


The finished dining room in this beautiful Mountain Brook, Alabama home.

The custom process begins in our shop with a sample then we begin making any modifications that are needed. In this case, the pattern was perfect for the project but the colors needed to be drastically altered. We sent a set of paint chips, selected by Steve and had the weavery dye the wool and silk to match our client’s specific palette.  Then we had a sample of the rug made  in our colors.  We had the sample made to show two options.  One side was 100% silk in the field and pattern and the other side made with a wool field and silk pattern.

Our custom Tibetan rug in progress and on the loom in Nepal.

The rug arrives at the King’s House.

Steve adding the final touches.

From texture, color and pattern selection to the finished product, the King’s House always loves working with Steve Holmes and our Tibetan weavers. The collaborations are always Timeless.

Rug Details



MATERIALS: Nepalese Wool and Silk


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This beautiful one of a kind, Tibetan carpet was created specifically for our client and crafted exclusively through King's House by Lapchi. We offer hundreds of patterns to work from in any size, texture, color and fiber.

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