Textiles add warmth and character to a home. Temptingly tactile, they often serve as a way to connect disparate design elements to create an overall harmonious effect. Textiles also tell their own story, one of heritage and distance. While woven textiles and rugs have always been sourced from around the world, today savvy brands are bringing the stories of these pieces and the talented artists who create them into the spotlight.
Woven Concepts was founded by the first female generation of a four-generational family trade, that traces its descendants to the bygone days of Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes that connected the early Eastern and Western regions of the world. Even the most neutral pieces, such as their new Bonn Collection, are standouts for their accuracy in weave and texture, the quality of yarn and the richness of the colors. Woven Concepts is a socially conscious company and uses sustainable materials. The Rumi Collection, with its bold patterns and jewel tones, evokes the mystery of distant times while pieces from their Odyssey Collection have an abstract quality reminiscent of the earth when viewed from above. wovenconcepts.com
Osborne & Little
Founded in the 1960s, the esteemed brand of Osborne & Little is well-known for wallpapers and fabrics that sing with creativity and add richness and depth to walls and furnishings. Their Venice collection embraces the feeling of the palazzi on Venice’s Grand Canal with vibrant prints embracing bold florals and graphic designs. The O&L studio tells the stories of visits to art museums, palaces and the sun-kissed Italian Riviera through opulent prints and woven velvets. osborneandlittle.com
Taking a hands-on approach to the question of sourcing textiles, The Citizenry team personally travels to each country it works with to build long-term sustainable relationships with artisans. The company’s commitment to transparency includes telling the stories of the individual weavers, studios and collectives, helping to preserve traditional techniques around the globe. Their commitment to giving back has The Citizenry investing ten percent of their proceeds directly back into artisan communities through entrepreneur grants. Last years’ grant supported the weavers of Bougemez in Morocco, who create intricate pieces such as the Beni Ourain rugs, which take a month to complete, as they are hand-knotted from sheep’s wool by six individual weavers. the-citizenry.com
Treko, which means ‘yarn of wool’ in native Chilean dialect offers a line of luxury textiles handcrafted on Chiloé, a remote island off the coast of Chile. Founded by Chilean native Catalina Marin, the company creates modern pieces using traditional weaving and knitting techniques dating from the 16th century. Each piece is totally unique as all the products are commissioned and handmade by the craftswomen of Chiloé. At the same time, they bring a whole new meaning to “locally sourced” as the textiles are made with 100% natural wool from ‘Chilota’ sheep that are born and raised on the island. Products are available to the design trade and in select retail locations throughout California.s trekochile.com
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