1 of 11
Slideshow-prev-disabled Slideshow-next
Travis is the shop dog at Kush Handmade Rugs, here relaxing nonchalantly on a pile of imported rugs worth many thousands of dollars.
2 of 11
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
Co-owners Brian Robins and Rebecca Lurie are expert rug flippers; it's quite a good workout for the arms. Brian started his career in the rug industry as a rug washer here in Portland some 16 years ago; the job gave him an intimate understanding of the craft and quality of handmade Oriental rugs. Rebecca fell for rugs as an lifelong traveler with an anthropological point of view.
3 of 11
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
Kush also sells smaller items, some local, some from India, Turkey and other rug-weaving countries – at price points lower than even the smallest Oriental rug. (A $6 wool felt mouse is a favorite.)
4 of 11
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
Kush has been in its Pearl District space for about two years now, adding to what has clearly become a home furnishings hub of the Portland metro area.
5 of 11
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
Each handmade rug has its own story – including literally the front and backstory. Both front and back are beautiful to behold, but front trumps back as far as comfort and softness are concerned.
6 of 11
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
An all silk, handwoven rug is a luxurious, splendid creation. The rich, saturated colors seem to change as the light changes and as one moves around a room.
7 of 11
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
Kush specializes in having a wide range of rug styles including a variety of non-traditional patterns, weaves and textures. Here, a long-and-lush-piled banana silk and a street-smart graffiti pattern face off.
8 of 11
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
Co-owner Rebecca Lurie with a rug made of banana silk fibers; the silvery sheen and ultra soft feel of the silk are remarkable.
9 of 11
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
The rugs are piled one atop another; each pile is a wealth of color, craft and human effort and creativity. When Kush first moved into the Pearl District space two years ago, the piles were much lower – their inventory and selection have grown over time.
10 of 11
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
Travis is a friendly and low-key dog, keeping watch over the inventory at Kush and proving that the rugs are dog-friendly.
11 of 11
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next-disabled
Even rolled up by the window, the rugs present a beautiful display.
Slideshow-next
Slideshow-prev
More Slide shows

Please help us keep this community civil. We retain the right to remove or edit comments containing personal attacks or excessive profanity, and comments unrelated to the editorial content. Consult our Terms of Use for more details.