Michigan

Ruth Gilmore Langs

Ruth Gilmore Langs didn’t always work in her preferred medium of oil paints. Although she began painting in nursery school and was taught oil painting in high school, she ultimately studied film, TV and writing, while minoring in painting, at American University in Washington DC. Post college, she worked closely with her mentor and teacher, Kwok Wai Lau, a Chinese artist, which is how she truly began to blossom as an artist.

These days, Ruth’s inspiration comes predominately from within. An intensely personal process, she uses her own life experiences and surroundings to create her paintings, and is always curious to see what they will reveal.

THINGS OFTENTIMES APPEAR IN MY PAINTINGS THAT I DIDN’T PLAN FOR...
AND THAT IS SO MAGICAL FOR ME
— Ruth Gilmore Langs

Ruth’s artist statement also reflects her deeply personal relationship with her work.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Art is the language of the human spirit, the rhythm, beat and song of the self. Sometimes difficult to decipher but, with surrender, on may travel into the heart of the painting.

Once the veil is lifted, you may journey into the glory, passion and vulnerability of one’s human soul. And, allow yourself to see again, as a child, when at once everything is magic.

Why else are we here, but to experience and to express the movement of passion and the fire in our spirits. One’s own inner fire can respond to my paintings by feeling their own dance within!

Back in 2001, Ruth felt compelled to paint a tribute to the United States of America as we as a nation were grieving over the events of 9/11. She has continued painting various expressions of her sentiments for the USA throughout the years and only just recently has shared these works in a new show titled FREE: The USA Series. It is currently on display at the Coconut Grove Art Festival in Florida and runs through April 20, 2019.

We think the world of Ruth, both as a friend and an artist, and have thoroughly enjoyed working with her throughout the years including private commissions for our design clients (as shown below) as well as featuring and selling selected pieces of hers in our shop and showroom in Ann Arbor and online.

Check out Ruth’s paintings, currently available in our online shop, and be sure to come back often to see what new pieces of hers we’ve selected!

 
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All photos by CLOTH & KIND except for portfolio images which were taken by Martin Vecchio and Beth Singer

Detroit Rug Restoration

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The pair's great grandfather founded DRR's sister company, Hagopian, a rug cleaning company, in 1939 but it wasn't until Edmond & Angela recognized the importance of preserving handwoven and hand-knotted rugs and the growing movement for layering vintage rugs in modern homes that Detroit Rug Restoration was born. 

Because this company is one of a very small handful of highly reputable workrooms in the country that offers specialty restoration services like re-weaving, fringe replacement, and more, they have the privilege of working on rugs from from around the world. Damn, we are fortunate to have them in our own backyard! Not only because of what kind and genuine people Edmond, Angela and their entire, wicked talented team are, but also because of their deep and vast supply of jaw-dropping antique and vintage rugs.   

I have always thought of rugs as having life to them... Like the weaver left a little of their soul in each piece they created. Beautifully crafted rugs age a lot like people. Not better or worse, just very different over time… very human.
— Edmond Hagopian

Detroit Rug Restoration also welcome custom requests - so if you're looking for a rug of a specific size, style or color palette give them a shout and they just may be able to track something perfect down for you. They even buy great pieces, so before you donate or toss that old rug, talk to these guys.  

Shop now and check back frequently as they are constantly refreshing their inventory (what you see online is only a very small fraction of the incredible rugs they have stacked up in their facility). Enjoy!

CLOTH & KIND // Krista & Tami

MORE VINTAGE RUG INSPIRATION //
We love us some vintage rugs here at CLOTH & KIND Interiors. Here are a few of our personal favorites in recent design projects. Check out our Portfolio for more and Contact Us to get something beautiful going in your own home.