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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.
MEET THE TEAM
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.
After graduating from Tyler School of Art with a BFA in Fibers & Material Studies, Caleigh has spent the last several years working in the textile and surface design industry. She previously hand printed bespoke fabric, designed wallpaper, all the while working as a freelance artist. In her own practice, she focuses on creating pattern and composition through color, utilizing natural materials to dye her woven pieces.
Jennifer has been working with Claudia Mills for eleven years. She is a graduate of the University of the Arts where she studied Textile Design. After graduation she began a nine month internship at Creation Baumann in Langenthal, Switzerland, one of the premier designers and manufacturers of interior textiles in the world. After her return home she joined Jhane Barnes in New York City, an American designer of textiles and clothing, as a textile designer. Since working with Claudia, Jennifer has developed her own "Jennifer Clark Collection" for the Claudia Mills brand.
Morgan started working for Claudia Mills in April 2022. She graduated from Philadelphia University in 2019. While there she traveled to Scotland and studied weaving and print design for a semester at Herriot Watt University. She now has her own studio where she weaves rugs for the shop and creates her own woven designs.