A Contemporary Global Living Room
One of my (many) New Year’s resolutions is to post more regularly so there are going to be major changes to the blog this year. I’m kicking off with a look at a room I would describe as a contemporary global interior, which I came across in Milk magazine. It’s the living room of a laid back Corsican summer home and I love the mix of styles and influences. I was immediately drawn to the hand-woven kilim cushions which add a splash of colour and pattern against a colour palette of grey and natural tones. For me the elements in this room, the mix of natural wood, the animal skull, the modern sofa, tables and fabulous floor lamp work well with the exotic handcrafted cushions and the hand-woven Beni-Ourain rug adds texture too.
Photo: Karel Balas, Milk magazine
Get The Look
We have a large selection of eye-catching, handcrafted, cushion covers in our Kutch, Chiapas and Souk collections to add colour, interest and a global touch to a room and a variety of rugs in black and natural, beige and natural and natural dyes to add texture. Here are some of my favourites:
Clockwise from top right:
1. Vintage Beni Ourain rug, size 150cm x 94cm £1,200 2. Pahal, Rabari hand embroidered vintage cushion cover, size 52cm x 52cm £68 3. Beni Ourain rug, size 184cm x 123cm £850 4. Bukka, hand embroidered vintage cushion cover, size 60cm x 60cm £85 5. Aravind, hand embroidered vintage cushion cover, size 60cm x 60cm, £85.
The Student Gift Edit
Stuck for a gift for the student in your family? I’ve picked a bright selection of our handcrafted global interior accessories which will bring colour and warmth to spartan student bedsits. Choose from a selection of unique, one-of-a-kind silk screened cushions and floor cushions, super warm Berber pom pom blankets designed to withstand the cold of the High Atlas mountains and quirky storage solutions.
Gift ideas for students clockwise from top left:
1. Large Storage Basket Bonakele £180 | 2. Trinket Box £22 | 3.Pom Pom Blanket Multicolour Stripe £149 – £183 | 4. Small Spiky Sea Urchin Vase White £25 | 5. Haimi Vintage Embroidered Floor Cushion Cover £110 | 6. Farida Berber Cushion Cover Orange Green £85 | 7. Nejma Berber Cushion Cover Orange £85 | 8. Berber Basket Green Orange £55 | 9. Namibian collection cushions and floor cushions £65 – £87
Gift Inspiration For Him
If you, like me, are only just beginning to think about Christmas presents and haven’t bought a single gift yet then our edit of handcrafted global accessories for him, below might help:
Gift ideas for him clockwise from top left:
1. Berber Bread Basket £45 | 2. Storage Jars from £33 | 3. Moroccan Pom Pom Blanket Natural Black from £149 | 4. Sea Urchin Vase Green Medium £45 | 5. Selection of Cushions from our Chiapas Collection £75 each | 6. Black and Natural Block Weave Baskets Bonakele from £34 | 7. Copper Tea Light Candle Holder Seed Pod Large £28 | 8. Table Runner Yox £110
Gift Inspiration For Her
Are you stuck for gift inspiration for the women in your life? Can’t face the shops? Don’t despair we have put together a Christmas edit, a selection of handcrafted gift ideas for the lover of handmade artefacts and textiles below:
Products (clockwise from top left): 1. Handcrafted, Fair Trade, Copper Meditation Bowl £45 | 2. Souk Collection, One-Of-A-Kind, Laila Berber Cushion Cover £85 | 3. One-Of-A-Kind, Berber Bread Basket in tan navy and pink £45 | 4. Fair Trade Beige and White Zig Zag runner £380 | 5. Aravind vintage embroidered cushion cover £110 | 6. Handcrafted , Fair Trade, Copper and Brass Trinket Box £22 | 7. Fair Trade Copper Sunflower Tea-light Holder £19 | 8. Souk Collection Hand Woven Moroccan Pom Pom Blanket Natural £149 – £183
Win A Maud interiors Berber Cushion
Head to @designhunter_UK, one of our favourite interiors, design and lifestyle blogs, for the chance to win Bouchra, a unique, silk screened, Berber cushion from our new Souk Collection.
Bouchra blends traditional kelim fabric with contemporary henna patterns and the silk screened image of a Berber woman to create an exotic, one-of-a-kind design. It’s perfect for lounging on the floor or as a focal point on a bedspread or sofa.
For your chance to win head over to the Design Hunter blog. Good luck!
Winter Warmth With Our New Moroccan Pom Pom Blankets
The nights are drawing in and there is a distinct nip in the air so what better time to launch our new collection of Moroccan Pom Pom Blankets.
Perfect for keeping warm on chilly nights, these blankets have been hand woven on traditional looms especially for Maud interiors in a town near Marrakesh in Morocco. Hand woven using techniques passed down from father to son over generations, these thick woollen blankets were originally designed to keep out the cold in the High Atlas mountains. They have been given a contemporary twist with the addition of large coloured pom poms at the head and foot of the blanket and look stylish over a duvet or as a throw over a sofa or chair.
The blankets are available in two sizes: 200cm x 300cm, which is suitable for a single bed or throw and 240cm x 300cm for a double bed. They are available in five colour ways, natural shown above, natural and black shown below, multicolour stripes, natural and black (thin stripes with black pom poms) and natural and grey stripes. Click here to see the collection. We have a few blankets available now, the remainder are being hand woven and are due mid October. To pre-order a blanket email email@example.com.
Photography: Kristy Noble
Styling: Hannah Bullivant
Selvedge Winter Fair 2014, 31st October – 1st November – Two Complimentary Tickets To Give Away
We will be exhibiting again at the annual Selvedge Winter Fair and we have two tickets to give away. Selvedge is the perfect place to pick up unique, handcrafted gifts or something special for your home. With over 10o designer and small company stalls to browse it’s a real treat for textile lovers.
To win two complimentary tickets all you have to do is email: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us which country the Maud interiors team has visited recently. Hurry as the tickets will be allocated to the first person to email us with the correct answer!
Getting To The Selvedge Winter Fair
Chelsea Old Town Hall
Kensington and Chelsea
Friday 31st October 11am – 5pm, 6pm – 8pm
Saturday 1st November 10am – 5pm
To find out more about the Selvedge Winter Fair click here
I am so excited to finally be able to share with you our new Berber cushion collection. I stumbled across these dramatic, one-of-a-kind cushions whilst on a sourcing trip in 45 degree heat in Marrakech last month. It was definitely the wrong time to visit Marrakech but I found lots of interesting products for our new Souk Collection and the cushions are the first of these.
Designed by artist Sylvie Pissard and her team of Berber seamstresses, the cushion covers are inspired by Moroccan life. Each cushion is carefully crafted from an exotic mix of modern silk screened henna patterns, traditional kelim fabric, ribbons and the silk screened face of a Berber woman.
These Berber cushions featuring classic Moroccan fabrics and imagery with a modern twist will bring an exotic vibe to a contemporary interior. They work well mix and matched as floor cushions or as statement pieces on a bed, sofa or chair.
Click here to see the collection. We will be adding more products to the Souk Collection: super warm Berber pom-pom blankets and colourful Berber baskets over the next week so watch this space!
An oasis of calm in the heart of Oaxaca
Casa Oaxaca is an oasis of calm in the heart of Oaxaca, Mexico. A place to escape after a day of sightseeing or, in my case, a long day of dusty car journeys and meetings with cooperatives. Located in the historical centre in an eighteenth century colonial house, it’s a charming boutique hotel with only seven bedrooms.
It’s known as the ‘art hotel’ because each of the rooms cleverly mixes Oaxacan handicrafts, from the hand-woven ‘mantas’ or blankets on the beds, to the carved headboards, with artwork from contemporary Oaxacan artists.
It’s also known for its cuisine as the restaurant is part of the famous Casa Oaxaca restaurant, which is split across two sites. I had the most delicious food I have tasted in Mexico at the hotel and at the main restaurant. For breakfast you are tempted with a long list of delicious hot dishes but I went for the yoghurt, fresh fruit and muesli option accompanied by a traditional Mexican slightly spicy hot chocolate and followed by freshly baked pan dulce, similar to banana bread but with dates and mango too.
The sopa de frijoles, black bean soup, was amazing and the ensalada de jitomate, a tomato salad with a mix of different types of tomatoes, including the tiny green tomatillos just seen in the photo below, accompanied by a special salsa and tortillas was the perfect lunch after a morning searching for naturally dyed rugs.
In the heat of the day you can relax in the cactus and Bougainvillea filled patio, take a siesta in a hammock on the roof terrace, visit the library to read up on the region, or cool off in the refreshing pool. You won’t want to leave.