A shipment of traditional bone inlay has just set sail for our warehouse, expected ETA late August, early September. The special thing about this shipment is the technique. Usually Bone inlay is Camel Bone and resin of course, and the coloured pieces of this style is where the resin is dyed to give the colour against natural bone. What we’ve done is tricky we think…We have had the bone dyed and used against white resin – this we think gives a much better result and appeal, especially in regards to colour, not to mention a new Morrocan tile pattern.
Here’s some poor images (sorry all we have for now) – but we can almost guarantee some ooohs and aaawwwws when it it gets here and we take some images in the studio….can’t wait! images of console and trays in Emerald and Indigo Blue. There will be trays in two sizes, coffee tables of various size and configurations of consoles to choose from. We’ve also kept the popular Geometric patterns as well…looking forward to seeing this one land.
I can’t even remember what year it was…thinking maybe early 90’s. I was 20 or so and surfing in Indonesia turned from a dream to a reality – good times. We would fly into Denpasar, stay a couple of days then on another plane to more remote Indonesia. Surfing and a love of travel led us to many remote places – West Java, Sumatra, Sumbawa, the Philipphines, Fiji, central America… Different cultures have always fascinated me and every trip I’d do the obligatory shell hunt. My favourite place in southern Sumbawa was a stretch of reef/beach that went for 10’s of kilometres. Every year I would hire a bike and drive to the end of the road and a little village called Nunga Dora – still horse and cart there, people living in tribal houses off the ground – amazing little village. The road ended here and it turned to goat track where the farmers would take their buffalo to a river mouth to bath and feed. Beyond that was endless beach where reef started at the waterline – it was a seashell gold mine. I would walk the hight tide line on the beach with a dozen or so village kids finding amazing clams, cowries and the find of finds – Nautilus shells.
I once on a trip to Panaitan Island between Sumatra and West Java lugged home a huge Giant clam (i think they are illegal to bring home now – mine was old and well and truly dead of course). Another year I stupidly brang back 50kgs of Indonesian sculpture – an actual tribal seat from Sumba – How I got away with that (total baggage weighed 80kgs) is another story, I was young and it was a time before airlines got Nazi on baggage allowances and even before Indonesians didn’t see an opportunity for a bribe…and I probably looked young and innocent.
Well I am still doing it today, but on a larger slightly more organised scale I hope…but still enjoying it. Not as many shell hunts these days though – i think I have enough anyway, but loving the pieces we source and the places we go.
It’s been an exhausting wait (by exhausting, that also includes frustrating, trying, annoying and costly), but our lighting has finally arrived. It was meant to be here early May of course, but whats a few months between customers?
Anyway, moving to the positive side, it’s all here, it looks amazing and has brightened up our lives (I’m good at dad jokes). there’s the very cool desk lamp style in Black, white and duck egg blue – the table lamps in black and white,Â three styles of pendants with gingham cotton cords and then the crochets – a lamp and a pendant…hope you love them as much as we do…
It’s nice to be able to travel and even nicer to find great traditional unique pieces to bring home. Pala Kilims are definitely in that field. There is something about the randomness that is really attractive. It’s always nice to find pieces that are like no other – isn’t that what everyone wants – to be unique. As Oscar Wilde says – be yourself, everyone else is taken – I think its the same for style and taste. The thought of having something that someone else has, doesn’t appeal to me at all unless it’s amazing or a necessity.
Pala Kilims are vintage rugs, usually long and very narrow, so on their own in original condition they are a little awkward for our Australian homes. As well as that, being aged, most we get to look at have some pretty decent holes, tears and stains etc in them, beyond the thought of liking the hole because it adds character. Searching through old pieces of carpet is also real fun, peeling back through maybes and nups to all of sudden find an amazing piece, with fantastic colour combinations of natural hues alongside vibrant almost fluoresecnt hits – they are artworks really. To produce them new these days is simply not viable. The labour, time and the use of colour variety – some pieces contain so many unique colours within a metre square its amazing.
So we pick pieces we love and have cushions made in varying sizes depending on the size of the original kilim to avoid wastage and maximise the piece and with the leftovers, patchworks are made, both cushions and rugs – each one of course a one-off and therefore unique. I even like taking photos of them. Pictured is a variety of cushions and of course the amazing patchwork rugs.