Carol Piper's Loom[ing] Capabilities

Seth Vaughan  |  Photos by Carol Piper Rugs. Photo by Jack Thompson.
November 22, 2013

When carpet connoisseurs speak, Carol Piper listens. Over the summer and under the direction of Houston designer Pamela Pierce, the shop built out one of its sections to accommodate a growing demand for custom rug commissions. The new studio allows customers to sit and dream up increasingly modern pieces created specifically for a project’s needs (mood, color scheme and the physical actualities of the rug’s placement), notes shopkeeper and rug scholar Ryan Reitmeyer. Mediums ranging from wool, silk and cashmere to bamboo fiber, hemp, mohair and cotton can be used to create hand-knotted and flat-woven carpets, sisals and broadloom carpets, which take four to six months on average to be produced by Stamford, CT-based JD Staron. From $40 a square foot, at Carol Piper Rugs, 1809 W. Gray, 713.524.2442;