New! Ethiopia Collection debuts on lotus bleu market

Last summer, Jeannie and her family visited Ethiopia on their way to her husband's native Madagascar, and discovered a land rich not only in its ancient history, but also in its textile production, namely the cotton industry.  Prior to her visit, she was inspired by the apparel company lemlem, fashion made in Ethiopia from its native cotton and founded by supermodel Liya Kebede.  Attracted to the hand-woven quality of the cotton, along with its modern shapes and bright colorful trim, Jeannie wondered and researched how she could harness this very special textile within the context of the home interiors.

Cotton production is one of Ethiopia's oldest industries, due to an abundance of land and excellent growing conditions. Its production has been a central component to the country's rural and urban commerce and culture for centuries.  Hand-woven cotton clothing, also called shemma, are traditionally worn throughout the northern and central highland of Ethiopia, and each community is known for creating its own intricate patterns.

Traditionally, the hand spinning has been the women's domain, whereas the art of weaving has been passed down over the generations from father to son.  Where traditional cotton weaving once thrived in cities and villages, this art form has been dying, and many artisans have been unable to support their families without additional avenues of income.

However, businesses like lemlem and our vendor, Sabahar, have made it their mission to continue the legacy of cotton production for today's global market by creating ethically responsible workshops for their employees, where they can earn fair wages to support their families.  Sabahar employs members from approximately 150 families. At Sabahar, all products are made entirely by hand, using only natural fibers and natural, plant-based dyes.  Controlling the entire chain of production, from the spinning, dying, weaving, to finishing each product by hand, they are committed to creating modern designs using time-honored traditions. 

The hand-spun textural cotton, dyed in a rainbow of colors, provide the groundwork for unique textiles, from which we've created embellished pillows with a modern take. Our collection also includes hand towels and towels, which can double as a throw to be laid on a bed or draped on a sofa.  The subtle patterns and hues fit seamlessly in both traditional and modern spaces, and with its incredibly soft hand, these textiles will continue to soften and become more absorbent with each wash and dry.  

 
 

Lotus Bleu Design

LB Team Design Inspiration through Travel 2018

In 2018, our team was fortunate to travel to many destinations near and far, where we were inspired by colorful cultures and creative friends. To cap off an exciting year, our team flew south of the border to picturesque San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to soak in the city’s charming atmosphere and visit with established artisans with whom we'd worked in the past. Not only did we make lots of fun memories, but also brought back loads of ideas for new collections to add to our online Market. Stay tuned in 2019 for exclusive products from Ethiopia, Mexico and more!!

 

LOTUS BLEU TEAM IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO


JEANNIE'S 2018 TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

PANAMA

ST. VINCENT + THE GRENADINES

CORSICA, FRANCE

ETHIOPIA

MADAGASCAR

ISA HOLBOX, MEXICO

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

THAILAND


KAORU'S 2018 TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

NEW YORK

TOKYO, JAPAN

LAS VEGAS


ELIZABETH'S 2018 TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

GRANADA, SPAIN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK LUXEMBOURG

 
 
 

Lotus Bleu Design

Styling WITH Turkish Accents FROM OUR MARKET

Styling is an essential step of the design process, and adding that special touch to transform a space is easy using our one-of-a-kind home decor pieces from our Istanbul Market.

To help illustrate the many ways in which to weave these artisanal treasures into your space, we've pulled together product groupings and styled them within the context of different rooms. Whether you group together one of these ideas or go for that single special accent piece, these vignettes are meant to inspire how you can spruce up your interior in anticipation of the holiday season. Layering textures of richly embroidered suzanis against vibrantly colored fuzzy mohair tulus are sure to wow your guests and give the illusion that you’ve been busy shopping in exotic destinations.

LIVING ROOM

SAPPHIRE BLUE + PINK GROUPING

  • Quilted rug on floor adds dimension

  • Layer silk embroidered suzani pillow against fuzzy mohair tulu pillows

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Indigo Quilt from Early 1900s

Antique Suzani Pillow from 1880s

Sapphire Filikli Pillows Made of Silky Angora

Indigo BLUE + BROWNS GROUPING

  • Place shaggy wool tulu rug on floor for coziness and warmth

  • Mix boldly patterned suzani pillows with solid cotton indigo pillows

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Checkered Hand Woven Wool Tulu Rug

Vintage Embroidered Silk Suzani Pillows

Mazandaran Indigo Blue Pillows

BROWN, PINK + BLUE GROUPING

  • Place cozy wool tulu rug on floor

  • Drape Angora tulu over the back of the sofa

  • Balance with graphic patterns and colors

Featured Products

Checkered Hand Woven Wool Tulu Rug

Silky Angora Tulu from 1960s

Graphic Mashrabiya Pillow

ORANGE + BLACK GROUPING

  • Place beaded wool + Angora kilim on floor

  • Drape moody tulu over the back of the sofa

  • Layer luxurious textures of tulu, embroidery and vintage silk velvet

Featured Products

Vintage Anatolian Angora Filikli Kilim

Unique Black Tulu with Lattice Pattern

Embroidered Suzani Pillow from the Mid 20th Century

Vintage Silk Velvet Pillow

DINING + FAMILY ROOM

Styling with Lotus Bleu Design

Fuchsia + Black Grouping

  • Mix varying sized pillows for a cozy nook

  • Layer large bold graphic suzani pattern against solid fuchsia with texture

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Embroidered Uzbek Samarkand Pillow from the Early 20th Century

Fuchsia Filikli Pillow Made from Silky Angora

Cranberry + Black Grouping

  • Drape red tulu on back of sofa to contrast against patterns + stripes

  • Add ottoman for a spot to kick up feet or set a decorative tray

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Ottoman Made from Mid-20th Century Silk Suzani

Embroidered Cotton Pillow from Early 20th Century

Hand Woven Striped Kilim Pillow

Vintage Embellished Velvet Pillow

Turkish Angora Tulu

BEDROOM

Neutral + Soft Pink Grouping

  • Drape large scaled suzani pattern over headboard

  • Layer varying patterns in a similar color palette

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Vintage Stitched Cotton Suzani

Floral Pillows from the Mid-20th Century

Vintage Patchwork Pillow

Coral, Pink + Neutral Grouping

  • Showcase suzani pattern as a bed cover, highlighting the intricately stitched border

  • Create focal point of pillow grouping by adding a lumbar pillow

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Unusual Uzbek Suzani from the 1930s

Hand Embroidered Pillow from the Mid-20th Century

PLEASE NOTE:

If an item is "SOLD OUT," please contact us at orders@lotusbleudesign.com: we can source similar items.  If you see an item that isn't part of our collection, please let us know: we're able to create custom pillows and order similar products. If you need help with styling your home, please check out our services section or write your inquiry into design@lotusbleudesign.com.

 
Styling with Lotus Bleu Design