As the proud parent of two spoiled Boston Terriers who have never been taught to stay off the furniture, which happens to be light colored upholstery, I am always on the lookout for attractive, but casual throws, blankets and quilts to toss over the sofa and three chaises that we - and the dogs - love so much (wherever we like to sit and get cozy, so do they). While browsing on Etsy recently, I came across this shop that has several gorgeous handmade textiles from India, which - considering the detail on some of them - seem pretty reasonably priced.
A few appliqued bedspreads that I have my eye on (I would have to check on whether these are machine washable, to serve the intended purpose):
The shop also has several beautiful throw sized Kantha quilts, which are made out of gorgeous recycled cotton saris using an embroidery technique called "kantha"to form intricate designs. I love that many of these are reversible, and have sort of random patches here and there. These are more for decorative use than what I am searching for - Pottery Barn and West Elm, who sell vintage kantha quilts of similar size for twice as much money, advises against washing these.
Here are a just a few that caught my eye:
Quilt 1 ~ Side 1
Quilt 1 ~ Side 2
Quilt 2 ~ Side 1
Quilt 2 ~ Side 2
Quilt 4 ~ Side 1
Quilt 4 ~ Side 2
Quilt 5 ~ Side 1
Quilt 5 ~ Side 2
I am such a sucker for intricate, soft textiles. I just love the stitching on these, not to mention the patterns. One of these may be too tempting to resist. It would be mine, all mine - dogs forbidden to set a paw upon it.
Just like the cherished crazy quilt that my mom made for me out of scraps of fabric with very sentimental memories - the dress my Grandmother wore to my wedding, a pair of pants I bought in Paris when I was 15, a dress my best friend bought for me at a thrift shop in Germany in high school, a pair of purple embossed corduroy bellbottoms that were too hideous for my rebellious teenage self to resist.
I'll have to share photos soon. (Of the quilt, that is - not of me sporting the purple bellbottoms circa 1995).