Nick grew up in and around London, England and attended City University where he graduated with an honors degree in Banking and International Finance. He then spent the next 18 years on the trading desks of various banks in London, Hong Kong and Paris and travelled extensively.
In 1999, he and his wife, Susann, moved to her hometown of Chicago to be closer to the family and raise their two sons in the United States. This also prompted a career change for Nick and on the encouragement of family and friends he enrolled in Harrington College of Design where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.
Driven by a passion for art and color, Nick sought a career where he could express himself freely and give his clients what they wanted without being restricted to the products that were available in the market. Having made contact with a highly respected rug manufacturer in Nepal, he set about creating an innovative custom rug program which runs on the old fashioned principles of quality, service and value. Nick gets his greatest satisfaction from being able to deliver “one of a kind” rugs for any area of a home without compromising the client’s design budget.
Rugs are commonly produced in standard sizes and shapes. Unfortunately there is no such thing as a standard room and the size requirements for a rug sometimes need to be accurate to within an inch to perfectly position all the furniture on or around it.
Rugxurious can offer rugs in any shape up to 24 feet in width with no restrictions on length. The customization process starts with a complementary visit to your home in order to establish the perfect sized rug for your space. This visit will allow me to get some idea of your design taste and offer you advice on the materials and various techniques used in the manufacturing of the rugs.
People will often ask me to show them a catalog of available designs. The simple answer is I don’t have one. Of course I can offer inspiration in the way of examples and that’s what you will see on this site. However I like to tell my clients that more or less
anything is possible and the only restrictions are the boundaries of our imagination.
The best designs are often hatched in the client’s mind and it’s my job to visualize it, extract it, and turn it into a reality. Sometimes, this is made a little easier. For example, a client may have personal artwork or an old piece of fabric they want to use as a
starting point. Sometimes they may have a favorite artist, style, era or pattern that I can use to narrow down the perfect design. Every challenge is different and so are the end results.
Once design is established we can work on color. This is the easy part. There are no limits to the colors that are available and if we don’t have the perfect match amongst our thousands of samples, we can custom color match the yarn against a piece of fabric or a paint chip.
Finally computer images of the final design are produced for approval prior to manufacturing. Rug samples, if required, are also available for a small fee to ensure the final quality and color of the finished rug.
Throughout the process important I make myself available via phone, text or email 7 days a week. It is important to me that my clients have their questions or concerns addressed as soon as possible because their complete satisfaction is paramount.
Before a rug is sent to the loom we work with the client to establish the perfect size, colors and pattern for the space it is being designed for. All of these elements are fully customizable and a computer rendering of the rug is created to make it easier to visualize. Since we have a direct relationship with the manufacturer these high quality rugs are extremely affordable.
All of the rugs are hand knotted in Tibet or India. Once the client has signed off on the final rendering, we send an order to the factory instructing them on the fineness (knots per square inch) and material (wool, silk or both) to be used in the construction of the rug. Pictures are sent to the client during production so that they are able to share in the creation of their unique piece of art. Fabrication normally takes 9-12 weeks.
I hate decorating and I was dreading this project but Nick has made it so much fun and not at all stressfulMy wife and I feel very fortunate to have had Nick as our designer. A few of our friends and family have built homes recently and we feel ours stands out because of his expertise.Nick is a consumate professional. He is very attentive to cost and thorough even on very minute details. I would recommend him highly.