Since childhood, I’ve always been fascinated by textiles. My mom got me hooked on Turkish rugs, especially those woven in the Oushak region, a town in west central Anatolia. It was a major center for rug production in the Ottoman Empire for centuries. It still is.
Turkish Anatolian Oushak Rug via PicClick
I particularly love the palette—it’s softer than most Turkish rugs—and the patterns. The patterns look geometric or representational if you’re from the West, but historically they have a tradition of meaning to the weavers–conveying messages, beliefs, wishes, even insults!
My Alanya Collection is my subversive take on the tradition—it’s all neutrals! I studied archives of ancient kilims then literally made a mash-up of my favorite motifs– medallions, florals, scrolls. The look is really, really soft, almost sun faded. I used this amazing linen I found in India because it gives the pattern an almost dimensional quality.
Here’s some easy ways to incorporate some Moroccan moxie into your life right now.
Try the Alanya pillow—it adds a handmade, exotic element to a room and makes it your own, something I do a LOT.
Layer the Alanya duvet over neutrals you already have, for an exotic pop of pattern.
A throw is an instant way to pattern play. I designed the Alanya throw to be reversible so you can switch it up whenever you feel like it.
Like what you see? See more of the collection here.