Silk ikat - a love story

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One of our favorite textile shipments just arrived in the store - silk ikat pillows -- lots of them - 324 to be exact!  Hand loomed in Uzbekistan from sumptuous silk, each pattern involves a painstaking process.  Raising silkworms, washing untold numbers of silk cocoons, hand-winding miles of silk thread, carefully marking the designs on the warp of the loom, hand tying the separate colors for their dye application -- and then there is the velvet process of cutting the thread to make soft pile...  it's head-spinning crazy to think of all the work. 

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We buy hundreds of meters of ikat fabric that is the narrow width of traditional looms.  Our lumbar pillows are made in two lengths using just one width of fabric - while our big Euro sized squares are two widths of the original fabric carefully matched up and stitched together in our friends' atelier in Istanbul.  

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Famously vibrant and full of unexpected, yet incredibly versatile, color combinations, ikat has a timeless appeal for a wordly, sophisticated look.  Grown up bohemian-luxe, the sumptuous fabrics look wonderful in any room of the house.  

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Even without color, the neutrals pack a fabulous, graphic punch and enliven rooms with their bold patterns. 

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Email or call us and we can send images of the different colors and patterns that fit your home!  Each of the pillows come with a plump down/feather blend insert.  The 24" squares are big and dramatic and work well on beds as well as sofas.  They are $160 each.  The lumbars come in two sizes - smalls are $90, and the medium size is $120.  We can ship these anywhere. 

We are working on getting these on the online store - but reach out to us if you just can't wait!! 

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