What eventually becomes the journey of Warp & Weft began unassumingly during the summer of 1987, when, while working a summer job in a rug gallery, Michael Mandapati fell in love with the arts and crafts of hand-knotted rugs which revealed his passion and found inspiration of his life.
Thus, when Warp & Weft opened its first gallery on New York's Madison Avenue in 2001, it did so under the curatorial eye of Mandapati whose affinity for and erudite learnings counselled the well-informed offerings in antique and period carpets. Based on this intimate understanding of the rich global traditions of weaving, Warp & Weft would shortly thereafter introduce a series of Modern Collections, each one revealing an unwavering commitment to quality and finesse using superior materials and craftsmanship; hallmarks which guide Warp & Weft to this day.
In 2013, Michael established the current Warp & Weft showroom in New York's Design & Decoration Building as an architectural space in which rugs can be viewed and experienced more fully. This open and minimal environment is the heart of Warp & Weft.
Now expanded, this showroom functions as both gallery in which his team and clientele collaborate, as well as incubator of innovative new offerings which complement the Warp & Weft portfolio including custom design, Curated Broadloom, and the Designers Studio Collections. Throughout this evolution, Warp & Weft's approach toward rug making has been, and remains, to design and create distinctive rugs that are contemporary and timeless for modern and luxury interiors.
Warp & Weft rugs can be found in residential, commercial, and hospitality projects worldwide and the brand has been recognized as an industry leader for years.