Browsing articles from "May, 2010"

A Trade For A Trade –

May 31, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A natural follow up to my previous post, A Trade For A Trade (selling “ethical, socially responsible and fairtrade goods”) also has an offering of Indian block print textiles — including exceedingly well priced cut yardage! Click here for textiles at their main website and here for yardage at their Etsy outpost.

Aid To Artisans –

May 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A great resource for socially minded consumers, the non profit Aid To Artisans helps nurture economic growth for artisans and craftspeople around the world. The Indian block print table cloth pictured above is among the many items for sale on their website. (Also available in an alternate colorway here.)

As referenced by Elle Decor, June 2010.

The Nought Collective –

May 26, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Combining abstracted images of city maps with the tactile immediacy of luxury fibers (in this case wool, silk and cashmere) The Nought Collective’s “Where Are We Going” carpet collection achieves a kind of decorative symbiosis between thinking and feeling. Above, a cropped view of their Baghdad carpet.

– As featured in Interior Design’s Market Tabloid, May 2010.

For more map inspiration see last year’s post on Leah Evans.

Ink & Spindle –

May 24, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Ink & Spindle is a boutique handprinted textile company (with an eco-friendly bent) created by designers Lara Cameron and Tegan Rose. Above is Wrens from their new Tamarillo Collection.

Via i spy with my design eye.

Tibor Reich at Fragile Design –

May 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

Unabashedly saturated color in amazing combinations by Tibor Reich (1916-1996). Available at Fragile Design, a source for vintage 20th century design.

Adire African Textiles –

May 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

Adire African Textiles (out of London) shares lots of interesting history on their blog and offers many items for sale on their gallery website. It looks as though they had a very successful sale in late March (still lots of textiles to look at, but only left unclaimed). Above is a detail from an Ewe Kente cloth they feature.

Kimono Boy –

May 17, 2010 | 2 Comments

Some finds are particularly exciting and this is one of them! Kimono Boy offers a wide spectrum of vintage Japanese folk textiles and even if you’re not in the market (items aren’t cheap) exploring the site is an education, and a visual feast.

Above is  an image of a mid twentieth century “Zokin” pictured in their gallery of recently sold textiles. The site’s item description underscores the wastefulness of today’s throw-away consumer culture:

Zokins have been used for centuries in Japanese homes, temples, and schools to hand clean wooden floors and tatami mats. Zokins were made from layered pieces of old fabric held together with sashiko stitching. They were boro patched regularly as holes appeared, reused again and again.

Dana Barnes –

May 14, 2010 | Leave a Comment

I’m sure this article about Dana Barnes’ new felt collection is getting lots of attention on design blogs today but I’d be remiss if I didn’t add it here too, since it is so wonderfully fiber-ous!

Photo by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.

Marianne Van Ooij –

May 12, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Whimsical “Chair Pillows” by Marianne Van Ooij available at her web shop.

Via the most recent House Beautiful…

Distant –

May 10, 2010 | Leave a Comment

The web store of Hollywood boutique Distant offers bedding, carpets, and linens — including kilim and ikat pillows and an assortment of Turkish towels like the one pictured above.

See my previous post on Fouta for more on Turkish towels.

Via Blink Decor.