I've been on a mirror kick lately, and if there are any mirrors I could drool over all day long, it would have to be those from Carvers' Guild. I'm sure you've seen their mirrors around design magazines and high end furniture outlets- I certainly had- but I never knew the brand or the backstory.
Carvers' Guild is owned by Carol and Carl Canner, who met in the 60's when she opened a portrait gallery and he got a job framing her portraits. Awww! Anyway, for years the Canners added mirrors to frames they imported from around the world. But in 1970 when lightning stuck their Boston workshop, they relocated the business to West Groton, MA. They stopped importing and started making everything on-site, and that's the way the business is run to this day.
One of my favorite mirrors it the well-known Gothic twig
The Martha's Vineyard mirror reminds me of those great art deco indoor swimming pools- sort of like at the Greenbrier!
If I had a beach house, I'd have to get the Seahorses & Starfish mirror....
...which Carol designed herself
I'd be happy to hang the Lilly Bud in any room in my house!
And of course the Grand Pagoda - Chippendale with a modern vibe (who or what in the world is that in the reflection, though?)
Take a spin around the Carvers' Guild site- trust me, the few mirrors I've shown here are just the tip of the iceberg. There are some incredibly grand pieces on their site; all of their mirrors are works of art. They are not inexpensive, starting around $700. However, given that these gorgeous items are manufactured by hand, right here in the USA, if I had the money to spend I'd certainly be more inclined to buy one of these over something a bit cheaper that's made in a factory overseas. These mirrors seem something your children will fight over one day!
Do you have a favorite Carvers' Guild mirror?