Rug being hand hooked
rug being hand hooked
install of rug
install of rug

516-676-2056 • THERUGGERY.COM

Contact: Tiffany Riordan For immediate release
Email: triordan@beaconfirm.com 3/1/2012
Phone: 561.308.0496

Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber finds the oldest manufacturer of American hand-hooked rugs in his own hometown. Commissions the largest rug in the history of The George Wells Ruggery.

Glen Cove, NY—In a show of support for local artisans and American industry, interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber has commissioned a 760-square-foot rug from The George Wells Ruggery, the oldest, and one of the last remaining, makers of custom-designed hand-hooked rugs in America. It is the largest rug in the company’s 90-year history. The rug, which measures about 20’ x 38’ and weighs a quarter ton, will be transported from New York to California and lifted by crane to the top floor of a newly renovated brownstone.

“We can make rugs to any specification,” said owner Joseph Misiakiewicz (pronounced Mi-shoc-a-witz). “But this was our biggest rug yet. Every skein of wool had to be hand-dyed, every loop hand-punched—and we were working under a deadline. It was a big project, but we finished it on time. I was very happy with the work.” The rug, which took about three months to complete, is currently being shipped cross country.

Located on the North Shore of Long Island, The Ruggery has been in business since 1921. “We’re one of the last of our kind,” said Misiakiewicz “Our rugs are made entirely by hand here in our workshop. We’re thrilled Mr. Bilhuber chose us to work with him on this project.”

Bilhuber’s interests in traditional arts, contemporary design and American culture and history inspired him to commission a local firm for the project. Named one of the country’s top 25 designers by Elle Décor, Bilhuber blends classic American interiors with modern aesthetics. His work has been featured in more than 50 books and publications, including Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair and Vogue. The author of three books himself, Bilhuber has appeared as a guest on Charlie Rose, The View, Conan O’Brien and HGTV.

Over its 90-year history, The Ruggery’s clients have ranged from Gilded Age industrialists to contemporary designers, and private citizens to Hollywood celebrities. Its rugs have been seen in the White House, the Vatican, U.S. Senate offices and the Norman Rockwell Museum. “Our archives span nearly a century of American design,” said Misiakiewicz. “We’re part of the local history.”

To learn more, contact The George Wells Ruggery at 516-676-2056 or www.theruggery.com.
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