“I have never regretted my move from New York to Nantucket. 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. It began a journey of over 30 years of bringing beautiful designs for living to homes all across the country."
Who could have foreseen that designer and entrepreneur CLAIRE MURRAY’s decision to leave the hustle and bustle of New York City for the small island of Nantucket to open a country inn, coupled with a passionate interest in reviving the traditional crafts of rug hooking and the needle arts, would develop into a flourishing international wholesale and retail business.
Today, CLAIRE MURRAY’s reputation for design and product quality is known throughout the world. Claire has been featured in numerous major magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, House Beautiful and Victoria, to name but a few. Claire has also been a feature on several television programs, including Home Matters on the Discovery Channel, the Home Shopping Network and on QVC in both the USA and Great Britain. In New York, the home textile industry has recognized the significance of her contribution with the prestigious HomeTex Design Award.
It is CLAIRE MURRAY’s unprecedented style, which combines classic coastal living and contemporary Americana in rich colors and beautiful motifs, that has brought this historic handicraft in step with today’s designing needs.
Throughout the years, Claire has traveled the world to find the finest materials and artisans to create heirloom rugs and home accessories. Knowing her design inspiration has always been first and foremost her gardens, she was commissioned to create the First Ladies collection for the bicentennial of the Congress and the opening of the National Garden in 2006.
Her philanthropic work has also included rugs designed and dedicated to causes such as palliative and hospice care, injured and endangered species, and breast cancer.