Felt rugs! Felt rugs! We're smitten. We recently stopped in Peace Industry in Hayes Valley and absolutely fell in love with the rugs they peddle. Peace Industry is an airy shop filled with rugs, all designed and made by Melina and Dodd Raissnia. They also have their own workshop in Iran where they have perfected the best methods for producing the highest quality felt rugs, all of which are designed by Melina. The method is a revitalization of the oldest rug tradition from Iran that had been on the verge of extinction. The rugs are 100% wool and are naturally dyed (and gorgeous!).
Because Melina and Dodd own and own and operate their own workshop in Iran, they are able to make custom rugs in a variety of different colors and sizes. The average price is between $35 and $45 a square foot.
All of the wools are naturally dyed and there are a variety of different colors to choose from if you want to customize your own.
At Peace Industry, no felt is left untouched. Melina uses the remnants from the rugs she makes to create all sorts of different baskets and containers. The ones you see on the bench were $95 and the ones on the shelf ranged between $65 and $130, depending on size.
(See our post originally published in 04/06 here.)