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My first priority is to create a well-designed piece, a functioning floor covering that is both beautiful and durable.

In college, after exploring every course the art department offered, I landed in the weaving studio. I found weaving’s combination of mathematical rigor and tactile diversity irresistible. Building on my childhood fascination with designing clothes using novelty fabrics, I began weaving with large bright prints, lurex, ripstop nylon and plaids. This exploration led to my first rag rugs in 1985.

I have now been weaving rugs for over three decades, adapting the traditional rag rug craft to my own contemporary aesthetic. As a designer I try to strike a balance between color and textural effects. Inspiration comes in many forms but foremost is the fabric itself.


 Claudia Mills


Under one roof in Old City Philadelphia Claudia has put together a talented group of young woman, all with degrees in textiles.  Designers in their own right, they contribute their creativity to make Claudia Mills Handwoven Rugs a unique studio and showroom.  Each one has her own voice and adds her vision to every handmade piece.

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