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Episode 247: Ashley Stark Kenner

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Ashley Stark Kenner is Creative Director of STARK, the legendary carpet and fabric company founded by her grandparents, Arthur and Nadia Stark, in 1938.

STARK has been synonymous with the world’s finest floorcoverings since its inception and has been the go-to resource for top interior decorators for decades.

Ashley Stark Kenner was raised in New York City, and knew that she wanted to be part of the family business from a very young age. Her interest was nurtured by her grandmother, who frequently took her to the STARK showroom as a child to learn the business.

A life-long design enthusiast, Ashley Stark Kenner redecorated her own bedroom when she was 14, and later, when STARK acquired the iconic fabric house Old World Weavers, Ashley was taught by its founders, Iris and Carl Apfel, everything there is to know about textiles. The Apfels often stayed with her late into the night, quizzing her on the nuances of jacquards and brocades.

Ashley’s love of fashion greatly influences her work as STARK’s Creative Director, as she draws from current trends to develop designs and translates them into the most luxurious carpets and rugs. Ashley is a graduate of Brown University, where she studied history and business. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Visit the Stark Website here

Follow Ashley on Instagram here

Add Ashley’s book recommendation, Decorating with Carpets, to your Design Library by clicking here

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