Magic Carpet Ride: It’s a Trip at Lindström Rugs

The understated exterior of Lindström Rugs offers no hint of the treasures within.

This West Jefferson Boulevard address in L.A. has come a long way since its days as a chicken processing facility. Now the appointment-only showroom for Lindström Rugs, this bespoke space offers a gallery-like experience for customers seeking artfully patterned hand-knotted and hand-tufted floor coverings. Founder Erik Lindström designed the space himself, fashioning a chic, black-and-gray cocoon with pops of color from velvet covered furniture. “I’ve designed most of my collections with a haute couture vision, which requires a canvas unlike most rug showrooms,” explains Lindström. A panoply of art by the likes of Josef Albers, Vivian Maier and Annie Leibowitz shares the walls with black-and-white rugs from the Epidermis Collection.

Erik Lindström’s top pick. Scarab/Epidermis Collection, hand-knotted wool and silk.

Made of wool, silk, nettle, cactus, hemp and linen, the Lindström collections are all GoodWeave certified (only adult artisans, not children, participated in their manufacture) and are fashioned for both residential and commercial use. In addition to custom work, Lindström Rugs maintains an in-stock inventory of rugs in a variety of patterns and colorways.

Rug designer and purveyor, Erik Lindström, in his showroom.

While Lindström’s offerings include many easily approachable pieces, his own taste skews bold. “I’ve always been infatuated with nature and the human form and have enjoyed finding beauty and pattern within these elements to produce rugs.” That passion is manifest in his Epidermis Collection, where the imagery ranges from snakeskin to elephant heads.

“The Quietus rug is a new addition, designed as an anatomical skull that showcases the intricacies of the human body, but is also a reminder of death, for without it . . . life would be meaningless.”

Photography by Brad Cohen

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