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One of the most exciting designers creating area rugs today is Liora Manné. A native of Jerusalem, Israel, Manné moved to Atlanta with her family at age 16. After graduating from Georgia State University she completed her Masters Program in Textile Design and Engineering at North Carolina State University.
Manné moved to New York and began to design textiles for the fashion industry. As her career progressed she longed to use her talent in textile design in a new, different and unique manner. Inspired by exploration of new media and materials, Manné developed a revolutionary process called Lamontage. In this process acrylic fibers are layered and then interlocked by hand-needle-punching to create custom blended colors. Lamontage allowed Manné to create patterns that could not be achieved through traditional printing, weaving or knitting. Her distinctive rugs and upholstery quickly gained popularity. In fact, her flat format and intricate patterns started to change the face of the area-rug industry! It wasn't long before Manné could open her own design studio in New York City.
The word "Lamontage" is derived from "lamina" for layering and "montage" for image. It is a patented medium for creating textiles that combines the ancient art of felting with modern materials. A Lamontage product is specially created by blending and mixing custom dyed acrylic fibers, which results in a rich palette of over six hundred hues. These are then manipulated to generate intricate colors and patterns.
If you would like to learn more about Liora Manné's work and vision, you can visit her website: www.lioramanne.com.
Recently Manné patented a new medium for creating textiles called Montique. This encases Lamontage fabric designs between two layers of clear molded plastic, creating a translucent and fresh texture. Montique is being used for such items as handbags, shoes, placemats and platters.
Rugs Direct carries over 200 of Liora Manné's unique area-rug designs. They range from classic, traditional styles that look good in any environment to bright, colorful, contemporary designs to add excitement and flair. Click here to explore the area rugs Liora Manné has created for your home.