Thursday, October 20, 2011

right now:

Hey all! Goodness, it's been a bit quiet around here. My apologies. We're actually in the process of organising our move which is next week (yep, we found a place! I'm VERY excited!). I'll try and get on the ol' mac next week and get the posting as regular as it was before.
For now, though, thought I'd share what I'm liking interior-wise from some of my faves, veronica loves archie, the beautiful soup + maurice and king. Can't wait to unpack and decorate our new place!

veronica loves archie
veronica loves archie
the beautiful soup
maurice and king
 the beautiful soup 
 the beautiful soup 
 the beautiful soup 
veronica loves archie

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

what we bought, part two:

Here is part two (part one is here) of what we bought, including some pretty gorgeous textiles from Uzbekistan. We probably did most of our shopping in China (the Panjiayuan markets in particular!) and Uzbekistan, but made sure we brought home a memento from every country. We packed super light (might try and do a post on that soon) in order to carry a bit of shopping with us until we did a big post home, and then shopped some more! We bought a lot of other items which included gifts for family and friends, plus some clothes and things, which are not shown here.

I think that's it...

Next: might try and do a post on what we packed, plus some post-processing tips.

PS If you like what you see, and can't quite get to Central Asia at the moment, head over to Table Tonic for some suzani goodness (amongst other fab things!). Plus, there's a rather excellent blog too!

l-r: stamp from jordan; stamp from beijing, china.

old rulers from beijing, china

rocks from istanbul, turkey (i tend to collect rocks and crystals, i think it comes with the name...)

l-r: nubian mask from aswan, egypt; tribal mask from palawan, philippines; nubian mask from aswan, egypt.

ceramic dish from beijing, china
wall hanging from samarkand, uzbekistan

old tin from beijing, china

suzani from samarkand, uzbekistan

suzani detail

suzani from samarkand, uzbekistan

suzani detail

suzani from bukhara, uzbekistan

suzani detail

vintage suzani from samarkand, uzbekistan
suzani detail (i love the birds!)

suzani from samarkand, uzbekistan

suzani detail

vintage prayer mat suzani from bukhara, uzbekistan
suzani detail (the colours and birds are amazing!)

suzani wall hangings from bukhara, uzbekistan


old wall hanging

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

what we bought, part one:

So this is part one of what we bought...
After photography, shopping is my all time favourite activity when travelling. Andrew and I both love finding treasures, particularly for the home (well, mainly me, as he is a bit of a minimalist...).
Once we move into our new place I'll try and put some better photos up of the carpets, so you can see them in context.


Next: part two of what we bought, including lots of amazing textiles from Central Asia.

l-r: ceramic vase from beijing, china; red vase from beijing, china; glazed vase from luxor, egypt
leather notebooks from beijing, china
top: felt necklace bottom: felt slippers both from bishkek, kyrgyzstan

recycled coke + sprite bottle glasses x7 (should be 8,  but one broke)

antique bronze dish from samarkand, uzbekistan

antique wooden boxes from beijing, china

dish from beirut, lebanon

chinese calendar wall hanging from xian, china

l-r: woven vessel from palawan, philippines; woven vessel from luxor, egypt.

top: ancient nabataean oil lamp from jordan bottom l-r: scarab from luxor, egypt; ring, pendant, nabataean coin, roman coin and another roman coin from jordan (yes, they are all the real ancient deal)

retro educational posters from  beijing, china

case + chinese newspaper pencils from singapore (a gift from andrew as you can see)

wind-up robot from beijing, china (and it's cool, battered box)
semi-precious stone necklace from istanbul, turkey

amethyst ring from istanbul, turkey

stone necklaces from petra, jordan

50 year old tribal kurdish carpet from cappdocia, turkey

30 year old  kilim from fethiye, turkey

felt shyrdak from kochkor, kyrgyzstan

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