Homes & Antiques magazine, October edition, is out now, echoing the continuing interiors trend for arts and crafts from far flung locations, especially when they are handmade and support local artisans.
Check out H & A Lifestyle Homes this month, a former carpenter’s warehouse which dates back to the 1800’s, once part of the East End of London’s thriving furniture district, which now reflects the owner’s love of Thailand and industrial design.
Marble and Mint are included in their favourite global picks, along with several other amazing e-tailers selling artisan items from China, India, Tibet, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Well worth a read! On sale from 17th August.
My favourite interiors mag arrived through the door yesterday morning. In their June edition, Elle Decoration UK have featured the six biggest trends in rugs at the moment and guess what…..Vintage comes in at No.6. No surprise there then!
With such a huge range of vintage rugs available to buy in the marketplace, we’re really pleased to be able to offer a choice from a huge collection in Marrakech, from the minimalist design of a classic Beni Ouarain rug to the artistic and colourful design of a Boucherouite rug. Buying a vintage rug will give you the guarantee that there will be no other exactly the same, but there are certain things to look out for when buying.
Vintage Berber rugs were originally woven for their utility, usually sold by families to raise money, and most will have had a long and useful life. Look out for signs of wear and small repairs, this is completely normal and desirable in a genuine vintage piece. Most will have been used in a family home for around 20-30 years. If a rug looks too perfect, chances are it’s a relatively new piece. Additional photos of our rugs are always available, and we can carry out any additional repairs required.
Check that the rug has been washed. All of our rugs and washed and dried prior to shipping from Morocco.
Remember that some of the dyes used in a colourful rug may not necessarily be colour fast.