International travel and family ties are the core of the full-service interior design solution, Kurtz Collection, and New Moon Rugs. The most recent collaboration between sisters Josephine Kurtz, principal designer of Kurtz Collection, and Erika Kurtz, designer and COO of New Moon Rugs, showcases the influence of international travel in the overall interior designs, furnishings and rugs.
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Josephine's signature juxtaposition of traditional colonial architecture and modern eclectic furnishings exhibits a playful yet tasteful combination in the Highland renovation. An added touch through the incorporation of original artwork by their father, John Kurtz, and antiques sourced from the family's antique collection furthers the familial aspect of Kurtz Collection and New Moon Rugs. Read on for additional insight on how family and travel influence interior design projects and business with Kurtz Collection and New Moon Rugs.
Q: Can you share more about the influence of family on New Moon Rugs and Kurtz Collection?
A: Our father, John Kurtz, opened J.D. Kurtz Inc. in 1979. It started as an antique rug business, and it grew to encompass new rugs as well. In 1993, my father combined his two passions, art and rugs, and the New Moon rug label was born. We were one of the first producers making rugs in Nepal, and we continue to pride ourselves [on] making the single first Tibetan rugs in the world.
It was about 13 years ago when we moved into our new showroom, and that is when we expanded into all home furnishings under the Kurtz Collection name. Over the years, we have slowly taken on more and more space to make our showroom what it is today. Then we opened up a satellite 2,000 boutique in Glen Mills a few years ago, which showcases a bit more of the lifestyle brand.
[From] a small rug gallery out of my parent's living room, our business has continued to evolve over the years into what it is today. Now my sister Erika and I are leading the business into the next chapter, and we are excited to see what the future has in store for us.
Q: Can you go into more detail regarding international travel's role in Kurtz Collection?
A: I have always loved to travel from a young age. I pull a lot of design inspiration for Kurtz Collection from my travels, both in the showroom [presentations] and in my [personal] interior design projects, some of which [is] seen in textiles, color palettes, and furniture pieces we have collected from around the world.
Q: The New Moon Rugs pieces seem to have a lot of international influence as well. How do those design elements come together?
A: [Many] of our rug designs utilize design motifs and color palettes from our travels. Whether it’s a Greek key or a Spanish trellis, a sunset over a beautiful vista or a monkey in the jungle, design [is] all around us. We love to layer in those elements from other cultures and history, which sets our designs apart.
Photography by: By Genevieve Garruppo; By Angie Gray