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Michaelian & Kohlberg

Teddy Sumner Continues Michaelian Tradition

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Since 1921, Michaelian & Kohlberg (M&K) has been a leading source for fine, hand-made decorative rugs that range from traditional to contemporary styles. Using handspun Highland wool and silk, M&K’s hand-knotted rugs can be found in embassies around the world, boutique hotels, executive suites, luxury retail stores and large residential properties.

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Known as an innovator of the rug industry, Michaelian & Kohlberg (M&K) founder Frank Michaelian traveled extensively through what are now Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran during the 1920s and 1930s. Today, his grandson Teddy Sumner, a master colorist who is considered a pioneer of natural dyeing, is both owner and principal designer at M&K. A trained fine art painter who has been creating rug designs for over 30 years, Sumner is continually inspired by his extensive world travels and his profound love of nature.

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In the 1980s and 1990s, M&K reestablished the use of hand-spun yarn and vegetable dyes in carpet weaving and, as a result, Sumner earned numerous awards for design excellence from the American Society of Interior Designers and the US Rug Importers Association. 

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