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Buy Local: Kirsten Korhani

By Andrea Carson Barker

Kirsten Korhani arrived in Canada from Germany about 10 years ago with a background in fashion merchandising, a husband who owned a century-old rug company and the radical notion that area rugs should be treated like favourite garments—not museum pieces. A decade later, and now creative director of Korhani Home in Concord, she and her team design affordable (i.e. priced in the double digits) carpets that match today’s styles and can be tossed in a blue bin down the road.

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Further blurring the line between fashion and decor, Korhani marches models down Fashion Week runways wearing fanciful couture creations. For spring 2013, she channeled an array of trends including The Great Gatsby. “Puttin’ on the Ritz” features sophisticated Jazz Age designs in flapper-ish pastels and graphic blacks and whites. She’s also released a collection of tunics with patterns inspired by her “Tropical Paradise” line. Now that’s how you cut a rug. korhani.com

Originally published in our Spring 2013 issue.


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