Moroccan Boucherouite rugs
Boucherouite means used clothing or scrap. Instead of using wool to weave the rugs, women in Morocco recycle wool, cotton as well as lurex and nylon. They also use plastic from grain shipping bags as well as packaging material to create a beautiful piece of art.
These women freestyle stitch these carpets, and the pattern is usually asymmetrical. They weave symbols and motifs that are quite significant for these tribes. You can find them in various shapes and sizes.
Africa is well known for its handmade beautiful beadwork. The beads produced in Africa are often called trade beads due to the fact that for many centuries they were used in exchange for goods (used as currency). We have a selection of beads including glass, semi precious stones and buttons made from cactus silk.
A selection of good quality Italian linen garments.
Linen fabric (also called weave) is made of fiber from the flax plant. It is most popular and most liked by many users due to its vast benefits such as durability, softness, strength, natural origins, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
We have a new selection of brightly coloured blankets, cushions and pouffs. It may surprise you that the fibre used for this fabric is made from cacti. Sometimes called vegetable, sabra, cactus or agave silk it’s a natural fiber harvested from sustainable sources of Saharan Aloe Vera Cactus. The textile produced has a high elasticity and this makes Sabra-Silk free of wrinkles.
You might have come across – when walking through the narrow lanes of the Medina in Marrakech or Essouira –men threading fine, almost invisible, fibres on spools. These are then twisted into thread by small battery powered twisters and tacked along the walls of the medina while they were being created. The colourful threads of the cactus silk are then sold in spools. More information at Crafts of the world online.
We also have a selection of cotton and wool blankets and rugs, Hamman towels that are like a tea towel for your body.
Handmade Moroccan baskets from Essaouira. Locally made, designed and embellished to our specifications.
Choose from embroidery, pom-poms, tassels or sequins. Leather or same trims with a variety of shapes, sizes and designs
Scented Natural Candles and body products
We use a Wiltshire based British Manufacturer who hand pours our scented candles.
We use natural plant waxes which include Soy, Rapeseed. We use essential oils in most of our products. Our fragrance oils are of a high quality and do not contain any harsh chemicals or colours. We use cotton only wicks with a paper core. Our ingredients are as natural as possible, with no parabens and sulphates or harsh chemicals. Responsible sourcing
We source all our materials which include factors like performance, sustainability, ethics and organic practices, in mind.
Animal ingredients and testing
We do not use any animal ingredients in our products. Our products are suitable for vegans. We do not use ingredients that are tested on animals.
Plant oils and extracts
We use pure essential oils in all of our products.
We use recycled boxes and recycled glass for our candles and products.
We use natural products and try to use recycled packaging where it is possible.
Italian Leather Bags
Amica and Felt-works are all about beautiful handmade felt. Amica offers a gorgeous collection of animal toys, home accessories, gifts and Christmas decorations. Everything is designed inhouse at our studio in Bristol.
All their felt is from Nepal and the Phillipines and is made by fairtrade craftspeople. Unlike some companies, They don’t just accept someone else’s assurance that something is fairtrade. They have visited all their suppliers – so they’ve seen where and how the felt is made. Their felt is made mostly by women who are incredibly skilled and hard working. And they know that by supporting fair wages and conditions they can make a real difference to the quality of their lives.
Of course quality is just as important as fairtrade. It’s quality that ensures that customers keep coming back and that secures future employment for the people they work with.
The Moroccan thuya wood has an amazing variety of knots, whorls and imperfections which, when carved and polished, gives a stunning talking point or useful box
Chic Fusion is a design and manufacturing studio that creates hand felted home decor and fashion accessories in 100% wool.
A passion to work with natural fibres and fabrics led Razaan Jakoet, founder of Chic Fusion, to explore various feltmaking techniques. She experiments with colours and various fibres which is a constant source of inspiration to her. Razaan designs all the products in the Chic Fusion range before handing over the felting to women that she trained at the studio in Woodstock, Cape Town. To assist in alleviating unemployment she trains and employs women from the greater Cape Town area living in disadvantaged communities.