SKH – Sam Kasten Handweaver

by MM

Massachusetts based Sam Kasten Handweaver began weaving almost forty years ago with Andy Oates who studied at the Black Mountain College with Anni & Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller and other illustrious members of the Bauhaus.

Sam designs and weaves fine textiles for high end residences, hotels, museums and corporate headquarters, making custom fabrics and rugs to his own designs, based on clients designs or matching antique or discontinued weavings. Looms run up to 3.65m widths, allowing for seamless wall covering or drapery.

Also available from SKH based on Kasten’s own or clients’ designs are a collection of impossibly soft blankets and throws woven from baby alpaca and fine merino wool to order, in plains or any geometric pattern, any colour, made by a mill in Peru.

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by MM

Arpin is a family business established for almost 200 years.

The mill works the raw, shorn wool from local alpine valleys, sorting, cleaning, oiling, spinning and weaving into chic, understated woolen fabrics.The machines weaving the various qualities of textiles from Arpin which are produced in small quantities, are protected by the National Heritage scheme.

The result is a cloth unlike any other, imbued with character, wonderfully natural, raw and weighty. Arpin produces both cloth and rugs; they also have a fabric which can be cut like leather into any shape, without fraying.

They keep stock of all references but can also make up work in custom colours and designs to order.

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