Claire’s Nantucket

“I’ve Never Regretted My Move From New York to Nantucket”

Nantucket Brant Point Light House Rose Cottage Hydrengias Claire Murray

“I traded skyscrapers for rose-covered cottages, the Empire State Building for Sankaty Light, and an island surrounded by bridges for an island accessible by boat or small plane. While much of my work today takes me back to New York, Nantucket is where it all began…”

Hyannis Harbor Cape Cod
As soon as the ferry pulls away people begin to wave. And wave they do until the tiny harbor is only a distant hint of colors.
The journey itself is a destination where you’ll watch for fishing boats and lobster traps. Adventure fills your soul and anticipation begins to swell.
Nantucket Sleighride By Claire Murray
Nantucket Sleighride when whalers’ boats were tossed about during the capture.

It was these waters in days of old where Nantucket whalers’ boats were tossed about during the capture. 
Such a scene would later become the inspiration for Claire Murray’s whimsical Nantucket Sleigh 
Ride rug, the namesake of this ancient spectacle so ingrained in Nantucket’s history.

Nantucket Whaling Museum
Today at Nantucket Whaling Museum tribute is paid to this awesome history. Upon entry stands a magnificent forty-six foot skeleton of a sperm whale that washed ashore on New Year’s Day in 1998.
Little Girl with a Claire Murray Whales Rug
Little girl and Claire’s “Thar She Blows!” Rug

Nantucket history is as much a part of Claire Murray as she is of its lifestyle. Here in this museum is her new Nantucket Whale 9×12 hand hooked rug.

Peru Nantucket Harbor
Peru, was rebuilt after The Perfect Storm of 1991.

The island comes into view and beholds the quaintest little cottage precariously perched onpilings over the water.
Peru, as it stands today, was rebuilt after The Perfect Storm of 1991 and most recently the
1,100-square-foot cottage has been renovated in keeping with its heritage and is home to
Claire Murray rugs throughout.

Nantucket Brant Point Lighthouse
Pictured is Claire Murray’s Mermaid Rug.

At the entrance of the harbor Brant Point lighthouse majestically stands guard.
The original structure built in 1746 was the second lighthouse built in America. For centuries it guided Nantucket’s whaling ships to safety. The current tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 28, 1987
This impressive historical image has inspired many of Claire’s designs.

Nantucket Rose Trellis
“For me, so many years ago, Nantucket’s welcome was all it promised to be. At my first glimpse of the island flowers and picket fences with mounds of blue hydrangea, charm-filled cottages with weathered shingles and climbing roses rising up into the cornflower blue skies, my life was changed forever.” Says Claire Murray.
Nantucket Harbor Wharf Rats
From the moment you step onto her cobblestone streets you can feel the magic of this place.
Nantucket is not simply a destination…. it’s a lifestyle.

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