Ella Lou –

Jun 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment

turkish towel, fouta towel, hammam towel

Ella Lou’s Turkish towels come in a kaleidoscope of bright summer colors, and in sizes to suit man, woman, and child (not to mention table, chair, and bed).

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Sian Elin –

Jun 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

british textile, textile small business, british design textile

Bright, cheerful, clean, and crisp are a few of the words that could describe Sian Elin’s textile designs for pillows, yardage, and tea towels. Working from Wales, and inspired by design motifs from around the globe, Elin’s small business has garnered the attention of The Guardian newspaper for her local production practices.

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Combray Design –

Jun 12, 2013 | Leave a Comment

hand embroidered textile, bespoke embroidery, customembroidery

Textile lines (and websites) as beautiful and inspiring as this one don’t pop up every day — so when they do it’s easy to savor every pattern, color combination, and artistic flourish with extra relish.

Via Architectural Digest.

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Shiprock Gallery –

Jun 9, 2013 | Leave a Comment

chief blanket, navajo textile,

For a shot of pattern and color inspiration check out the textile section of Santa Fe’s Shiprock Gallery, where an abundance of Navajo blankets, runners, rugs, and cloths are displayed. As is proven by the chief blanket pictured above, “contemporary” design carries a trans-cultural passport.

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What a $33,765,000 Carpet Looks Like –

Jun 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

sotheby's carpet, sickle-leaf carpet, 17th century carpet, Persian carpet

On Wednesday Sotheby’s sold a 17th Century Persian “Sickle-Leaf” carpet for $33,765,000 — decimating the auction estimate of $5-7 million and easily setting an all-time record for “most expensive carpet ever sold”. Read more about the sale here, and watch a video of the auction here.

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Africa on the Floor –

Jun 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

african art carpet, african carpet

The Swedish gallery Modern African Art has produced a series of carpets that are designed by contemporary African artists and manufactured in Tibet. To view the full collection of “Africa On The Floor” click here.

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Luru Home –

May 29, 2013 | Leave a Comment

nankeen dying, indigo fabric, indigo print

Luru Home produces pillows, table linens, and accessories with striking patterns in indigo, black, white, and cream. Their aesthetic is directly linked to the Chinese tradition of Nankeen dying, which they write about here.

Via House Beautiful.

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Vernal Bogren Swift –

May 22, 2013 | 2 Comments

contemporary batik, exhibit batik, surreal batik

There’s very limited biographical information available for Vernal Bogren Smith online, but her surreal batik work is enough to prove her artistic credentials. The Textile Museum in Washington D.C. is currently showing a few of her pieces within a larger exhibition titled Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains. Additional images can be found with a quick Google image search.

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Hermes –

May 15, 2013 | Leave a Comment

hermes fabric, elephant fabric, dedar, indian elephant fabric

Luxury fashion house Hermes has teamed up with the Italian fabric manufacturer Dedar to produce their first line of upholstery fabrics, for sale by the yard. While many of the patterns are distinctly “Hermes” others follow very different flights of fancy — like “Beloved India” pictured above. As with all things Dedar, the quality is superb — especially the cottons which carry a crisp auditory “snap” when flung out or folded.

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Comma Workshop –

May 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

custom quilt, writing quilt, bespoke quilt


Comma Workshop fuses text and textile into quilts that are minimalist and unabashedly “crafted” at the same time. The concept, design, and written content are all the work of Kerry Larkin who founded the company in 2010. Individual quilts are made to order and are produced by a network of quilters in Colorado who move at their own pace, taking in as much or as little Comma work as they like. For more about Larkin and the company click here.

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