The family’s adventures in that great American city, along with their odyssey back to their native North Carolina, are chronicled in Ron’s new book, “Funny Things Happen When I Look the Other Way.” In his program, Ron reviewed the beginnings of that extraordinary business, and then with the aid of photos of many of the Mills-Mosseller signature rugs continued the story of the evolution of the business.
Beginning with the development of traditional American motifs, Lil and Ron went on to create extraordinarily complex designs, termed by many as ‘fine paintings in wool,’ reminiscent of the famed Aubuson and Savonnerie rugs. Among those creations was a ‘white on white’ design that was once exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This was followed by the fabrication of two rugs for the Smithsonian Institution, both of which are still on display in the First Ladies Hall. Mosseller rugs are in scores of prominent American homes and even at least one English home outside London, that of Sir Nick Faldo, the internationally known golfer. In addition to the Smithsonian, Mosseller rugs are in the permanent collections of the Williamsburg Inn at Colonial Williamsburg, and the North Carolina and Virginia Governor’s Mansions.
In the spirit of his numerous comedic roles on the stage, Mosseller regaled the crowd with some of the hilarious anecdotes that appear in his new book “Funny Things Happen When I Look the Other Way”. The book is now available at The Book Shelf in downtown Tryon.