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Trends in Throw Pillows: International Textiles and Tapestries

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For those who want to incorporate international flair into their homes, throw pillows are an ideal way to do so. It is important to be respectful of the cultures whose designs you are using, which is why conscientious designers need to carefully consider mixing and matching different textiles and tapestries. Read on to learn about some of the ways savvy designers are using culturally inspired designs from multiple backgrounds on throw pillows to honor different world cultures.

 “Ethnic” Textiles Inspiration

The word “ethnic” refers to designs that come from a wide array of world traditions. Sometimes these textiles are created by the culture itself, and sometimes they are simply inspired by these cultures. From Aztec to Navajo, from Balkan to Kashmiri, and even exotic animal print, there are thousands of different fabrics to choose from. It all depends on how you want to arrange them.

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Respecting World Cultures

When using multicultural items around your home, it’s important to respect where they came from. For example, if you have acquired a Middle Eastern prayer rug, it’s simply discourteous to use such an item as a bath mat. Simply put, do a bit of research and know the histories of these items. On that note, it’s always respectful to contextualize your décor. Don’t simply refer to an object as “exotic” when you know its specific place of origin is Guatemala.

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Arranging International Interiors

Multicultural elements can be juxtaposed together as the focus of your interior, or they can simply be used to emphasize chic, modern furniture and accessories. Internationally made dolls and small sculptures are perfect accents for bookshelves, while throw pillows are a great way to incorporate both comfort and multicultural flair. Try the traditional kilim design in this throw pillow against a muted background to make the pattern pop. Or, if you want a more local piece of culture, consider a tasteful southwest Native American inspired pillow.

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Museum of Vancouver Retail Collection

MOV Bus Scroll Throw Pillow

Under an exclusive license agreement with the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), we have been making a unique series of decorative pillows for their MOV Retail Collection. This image is taken directly from one of the bus scrolls that were once used on Vancouver’s electric trolley buses in the early 1950s. At the time, bus drivers used a hand crank to rotate the information on the scroll to indicate along which route the bus was traveling.

From the Museum of Vancouver's Retail Collection, the Vancouver Bus Scroll Throw Pillow features an original bus scroll that was once used on Vancouver’s electric trolley buses in the early 1950s. Printed on front and back, the text on this vintage style throw pillow refers to bus routes that would have been displayed on the front of the bus. Made from a remarkably soft indoor/outdoor polyester fabric, this pillow has the look and feel of a natural cotton/linen blend. Designed and manufactured by Pillow Decor under license from the Museum of Vancouver.
Manufacturer: Pillow Decor
Product ID: MOV-0002-01-20
$79.95 New

Mr and Mrs Pillows – A Great Gift Idea!

Mr-and-Mrs

Summer is wedding season! We are thrilled by how well received our Mr. and Mrs. pillows have been as wedding gifts. These are printed on a 100% cream linen. Decorative pillows can be a little tricky to buy for other people sometimes, but these are neutral and will work well on a bed, in a guest room, or on his and her favorite chairs.