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I am delighted to introduce you to the woman behind the rug and linen brands Dash & Albert and Pinecone Hill. Annie Selke is a true powerhouse of an entrepreneur and she's also a lovely human being. I remember when I first started seeing her quintessential Dash & Albert rugs in the speciality home shops I was poking around years ago in Maine. And I thought to myself, wow, those are not only really fun and they make me smile, I bet they will also stand the test of time. And I was right! Annie's aesthetic is classic and timeless, it's elegant but also has this playfulness to it that you'll never get tired of. Fast forward to this interview, which led to spending time with Annie and her staff, who by the way love her, at her offices, warehouse and beautiful 8 bedroom historic inn in the Berkshire mountains. You'll see all kinds of videos of my trip there on Instagram so I hope you check that out. Oh, and one note, Dash & Albert, the company, was named after her two beloved dogs. They've passed on but Annie always has several dogs, some of whom are related to the original Dash & Albert, around her studio and you can hear them barking a bit in the background. Here's Annie.Choose Items Below
Bright stripes of red, orange, pink, citrus, and sky pop against sage green on this woven cotton area rug. These rugs are so adaptable they make themselves at home in any room. Constructed using a hand loomed flat weave in durable 100% cotton, these rugs are lightweight, reversible and affordable.
We're making waves with our indoor/outdoor rug collection: performance PET fiber means superior softness, durability, and resistance to stains (clean up is a breeze too); traditional Moroccan weave feels cozy and warm; graphic diagonal lines have modern graphic appeal; and for a brazen new touch we have added a wide, flatweave trellis border on each length end.
In her latest capsule collection, Annie's friend and collaborator Bunny Williams was inspired by the unique geometric Kuba weaving of central Africa. The sacred Kuba designs are mathematical and rhythmic in vegetable-dyed earth tones and evolved from a number of techniques featuring flat weaving and cut pile, with patchwork, embroidery, and appliqué. The Senna dhurrie weave wool rug has parallel motifs of back to back black filled zig zags woven on a solid natural undyed ivory ground.