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Our Story

The idea for Artemis Design Co. was born on a trip to Istanbul in 2007. The designer, Milicent Armstrong, saw and fell in love with carpet bags, shoes and all of the other accessories that were repurposed from the beautiful flat-woven textile.  Several years later, while attending Interior Design school, Armstrong made her way back to Istanbul, found a small artisan workshop willing to work with her, and began production on her first run of products. These first pieces took the concept of repurposing Kilims and altered the designs to suit modern, classic shapes. 

The first collection, sold out of Armstrong's South End apartment, became an instant hit, and was quickly picked up by renowned retailer Steven Alan.  Artemis Design Co. has grown since then and has garnered the attention of the WSJ, Town & Country, and Esquire magazine to name a few, and has also gained a cult following among world-renowned interior designers and magazine editors for its unique, one-of-a-kind, but also classic feel.  Artemis has created special collections for Steven Alan, the iconic British brand MATCHES fashion, Anthropologie, United Arrows of Japan, and Joseph Abboud, amongst others. 

Reminiscent of Artemis’ modern-day collaborative creations, Armstrong's family learned the art of carpet weaving and entered into the textile business in Turkey in the beginning of the 19th century. They brought the craft back to the United States and opened a carpet factory in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Textile art has been an integral part of Milicent's family for centuries. 

Artemis is best known for its magical "Flying Carpet Shoes" -- one-of-a-kind Kilim loafers and Kilim smoking shoes that are handmade from genuine Turkish carpets. 

Artemis is going into its 5th year of business, and Armstrong travels back to Turkey regularly to oversee production and source heaps of Kilim carpets for future collections.  

 

Our Mission At Artemis

Our Mission at Artemis Design Co. is to enhance the everyday lives of our customers by providing them with uncommonly beautiful and charming products and a unique experience through the rich backstory of the textiles used to create them, the cultures of their origin, and our passion for an exceptional customer experience above all else.

 

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