Weaves of distinction

In 1951, New York City designer Cynthia Sargent moved to Mexico City and with her husband, Wendell Riggs, founded the weekly Bazar Sabado craft market in San Angel and opened a factory to make hooked rugs and woven textiles. Mixing the vibrant palette and Moorish motifs of Mexican design with a midcentury modernist flair, Sargent's rugs were a hit with designers such as Jack Lenor Larsen as well as tourists and remained in production even after her death in 2006. Nine of her classic designs including Scarlotti, shown here, are now being imported to the U.S. exclusively by Zelen in Los Angeles. The rugs are handmade from New Zealand wool on a linen backing in three standard sizes: 4 by 6 feet, from $1,450; 6 by 9 feet, from $3,150; and 9 by 12 feet, from $6,670. Runners and custom sizes are available by order from Zelen, 8055 Beverly Blvd., (323) 658-6756; www.zelenhome.com.

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