Passage to India

saffron marigold tableclothNow that our air conditioner is blaring full force (curse you, NYC humidity!), I’ve finally gotten around to summer-izing the linens. I find a simple little change like switching throw pillow covers from wool to cotton or swapping out our duvet for something lighter makes me feel like I have a whole new, seasonally-appropriate home.

(Just avoid the mounds of shedding cat hair and you’ll be fine.)

If you’re looking for little changes that can go a long way, take a gander at the utterly gorgeous linens we just discovered at Saffron Marigold. The richly vibrant, ethnic-inspired textiles are all handprinted one at a time in artisan-owned studios in India using fair trade practices–and the prices are pretty appealing too.

The cotton swatches they sent me to check out are soft and luxurious and the designs are more refined than the mass produced, stiff batik you might be used to seeing.

indian duvet saffron marigoldAny colors and tones you’re looking for you’re bound to find here. Personally, I’m  gravitating to the various blues, like the Oc

ean Breezes print (shown, top), the stunning Midnight Lotus, and the Moonlit Taj which transports me far far away from skyscrapers.

But what I’m particularly excited about is upgrading my daughter’s current “little girl” bedding to one of their twin duvets. I accept that she wants her room filled with pink, and I’d imagine the India Rose duvet (right) could be fabulous and grate on me less than cutesier patterns.

Besides, I know she won’t grow out of it faster than you can say Princess Tiana sheets. –Liz

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