Culturally Inspired Creativity
NAKTA DESIGNS brings us distinctive quilted rugs, pillows, and slippers made with a technique which is an integral part of the traditional nomadic lifestyle of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz nomads used them to insulate and decorate their moveable homes and kept them warm in winter and cool in the summer. The process is quite complex and is one handed down from generation to generation. The primary material is merino wool and is sheared from the sheep in the spring. Thereafter, it is washed, dried, dyed, and pressed into wool sheets. Merino wool’s fine fibers are water-resistant and air-permeable, odor-resistant, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic. These sheets are cut into lovely patterns and hand stitched together onto large pieces of plain pressed wool and create high quality carpets which last for ages. To watch an awesome video on YouTube about NAKTA Designs click here.
The 100% Sheep’s Wool Slippers are pressed and shaped into one seamless piece of felt with padded soles which mold to your feet over time. They are for indoor wear and have nonslip pads on the bottom and a slight rise in the back to hold your foot in place. Care of Slippers: Clean with a dry brush. If a deeper cleanse is needed, hand wash in warm water with gentle soap or shampoo, rinse, shape and dry.
Note for pillow case inserts: Our pillow cases come without inserts. While you are welcome to use the insert of your choice, we have found that the following inserts from CB2 fit them well: the 23" feather down pillow insert, or the 23" down alternative pillow insert. For the 16" x 16" the 18" feather down pillow insert, or the 18" down alternative pillow insert.
TOGAR RUGS brings us the finest quality authentic travel bags, clutch bags, cosmetic bags, ipad bags, purses of various sizes, and coasters. These items are fashioned from remnants of one of a kind Kilim rugs which can be between 30 and 70 years old and Turkish leather. The rugs come from Turkey and Bulgaria and are handmade in Istanbul, Turkey. The rugs are made of wool and were used previously. They have been cleaned and sanitized then repurposed as these fine bags.
Our Kilim covered travel bags make a great bag for a weekend getaway or for everyday use. A Kilim (a word of Turkish origin), is a pileless textile of many uses produced by one of several flatweaving techinques that have a common or closely related heritage and can be found in parts of Turkey, North Africa, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, and China.
MOOMOO DESIGNS brings us women’s jewelry and handbags which are responsibly sourced by-products of the farming industry. They source sustainable materials, dyes, and finishes that are not only lovely but highly useable.
SANFORD DESIGN brings us mohair blend throws with clean lines and fresh colors, coordinating solid textures and combinations of patterns and stripes. This company designs and manufactures in the US, and we get to enjoy these luxurious beauties.
Asia Minor Carpets is a third generation family run business which sells the finest antique and semi-antique Turkish carpets and kilims. Their products are garnered from villages and towns mainly in Istanbul and Central Turkey. The styles of the wool-spinners, dyers, and weavers are different depending on the part of the country they live in.
Their Pillows are made from antique and semi-antique kilims, Sivas, Derbents, and Asia Minor Rugs and have velvet backing with button closures.