I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of handmade. On one side of this big table, there are artists working solo to produce fantastic creations. Somewhere on the other side, there are also designers who understand that collaborating with artisans can also produce some incredible handmade collections. The latter is what Karen Sear Shimali and Graham Hollick have done with their Stitch by Stitch collection. By working with artisans in India and Nepal, these two designers have put together a rich array of rugs, cushions and throws that embody a deep respect for time honored techniques and a love for traditional design.
Each piece in their Stitch by Stitch shop showcases the incredible talents of makers who are employing techniques passed down for generations. Karen and Graham both understand the importance of bringing these methods to the modern world and have designed a collection that would look great in any setting.
My favorite items in the Narayan Collection are the Radhi rugs. Here’s how they describe them:
“Woven from the thick wool of the mountain Baruwhal sheep, our radhi rugs are hand woven in Kathmandu on back strap looms. They are then washed in hot water which felts the wool, and brings the whole design together. Woven in 4 strips, sewn together.”
There are four distinct patterns to choose from. I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them. These are the kind of products that a good interior designer, one who cares about where and how the products they use are made, should have no problem incorporating into their design projects. You can learn more about the designers and the programs they support here.