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Kantha Throw

Perfect in their Imperfections, vintage kantha throws are a one-of-a-kind cotton textile. Infused with the history and pride of their rich heritage, these wonderfully artistic and brightly coloured throws are made by stitching together layers of old saris together. Kantha throws or quilts provide an amazing kaleidoscope of colour, completely transforming and brightening up any living space with their fantastic details and vibrant colours.

Vintage kantha quilts are a product of women's art and were invented centuries ago by some very resourceful women. Poor women in rural area of West Bengal in India needed blankets for their babies, so took the softest parts of their well-worn cotton saris and pieced them together with an all-over running stitch. This distinctive stitch came to be known as kantha. These vintage throws are essentially a patched, quilted and vividly embroidered textile made entirely out of used cloth, in most cases old saris. Infused with the history of their rich heritage, these wonderfully artistic and brightly coloured throws are made by stitching together multiple layers of old saris together. 

The best aspect about such a vintage quilt are the little repair patches, their loose and uneven threads that add immense character to the quilt. Completely hand-stiched, these quilts are such a beautiful and refreshing break from the mass produced machine made products of the day. They provide an amazing kaleidoscope of colour, completely transforming and brightening up any living space with their fantastic details and vibrant colours.

Home Soul’s vintage throws are imported directly from the villages of Rajasthan. These villages border Pakistan and a number of our pieces are between 30-70 years, arriving in India on camel-back from across the border in Pakistan. A number of pieces come from West Bengal on the east coast.


To purchase Vintage Throws from Home Soul, please click here or contact us on  07456515233
 

Kantha Patchwork Throws

 
Vintage kantha patchwork quilts or throws are a unique kind of patchwork throw that originate in North Western India in the desert region between India and Pakistan. These throws represent the beautiful artistry of this region of creating stunning throws and blankets from scrap fabrics.
 
These vintage patchwork quilts were originally made in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s by older women in the village households in India to mark special occasions - be it child birth, a marriage in the family or a husband travelling to faraway lands. Women used the softest and most beautiful parts of their old saris and other garments, cut them into random shapes and positioned them in a way to create an artistic masterpiece. They used mostly saris but sometimes other fabrics like material from blouses, men's lungis (checked wrap-arounds) to create different layers and the reverse of the throws. Then they hand stitched all the layers together using thousands of tiny kantha stitches. The kantha stitches provided the throw with a beautiful ripple effect, creating a warm and special cover for the family. A typical patchwork throw took months to make, becoming a truly prized possession of the family and being passed down as an heirloom.
 
These patchwork throws could age anywhere between 30  to 80 years. One can see their age in the softness of the fabric and the washed out colours. Some throws we obtain are literally disintegrating in places! Some damaged portions are repaired with interesting patches which add further to the character and uniqueness of the throws.
Though these throws were created decades ago, they look and feel as stylish and contemporary as any modern throw. Their vibrant colours are what truly catches the eye. The once bright colours might have faded over time but they nevertheless retain the ability to add brightness and character to any living space they are kept in - be it across the edge of the bed, on a lazy couch or even up on the wall in a villa. Over the past few years, these have become collectors' pieces. They will last you a lifetime and be something you would want to pass on to your next generation!

To purchase Kantha Quilts and Kantha Throws from Home Soul, please click here or contact us on  07456515233

Indian bedspreads 

 

We have a selection of single, double and king-size decorative Indian bedspreads to beautify your home or hotel boudoir. Our exclusive collection of fair-trade, vintage and contemporary Indian bedspreads that reflect the richness of Indian textiles will transform your interior into a majestic palace. Transport yourself on an exotic voyage with our luxury handmade, colourful and embroidered Indian bedspreads; with mirror work, tapestry, pure cottons, soft velvet and delicate silk patterns and styles. All fabrics have been hand crafted using time old techniques of hand-block printing, Batik, Jamawar and appliqueto make each piece a real art form.The Home Soul range is so versatile; you can easily update your living space throughout the seasons and bring a flush of to uplift the ambiance of any setting.   

 

Indian quilts 

 

Sleep in style with beautiful vintage Indian quilts. At Home Soul we source all our ethical Indian quilts from the finest suppliers. Bringing a touch of charm to tailor design any space, we have a wide-range of colours to suit different schemes. These timeless exotic Indian quilts can be used as bedcovers or throws as a feature for an abundance of glamour and vintage romance. Pretty patchwork and printed pure cottons look gorgeous against antique wood or soft fabrics to refresh and revamp the vibe of master and guest bedrooms alike. Indian quilts are made from fabric with intricate or floral patterns, pieced together and then stitched all over with running hand stitch to make the most exquisite bedding, owing to their softness and comfort.  Indian quilts are perfect for dressing up bohemian chic bedrooms with neutral paint schemes for their high visual appeal and home design.

 

Handmade baby blankets

 

For the softest of care for your precious ones, we offer an intricate line of lovingly handmade baby blankets. Ideal for comforting your new-born, as a gift for a Christening or special occasion and designing children’s bedrooms, our unique handmade baby blankets can be kept as a family heirloom for years to come.  Bring extra cosiness to baby’s cots or beds for tots, with bright colours and lively patterns to stimulate your princess or prince as they explore, develop and learn about the world around them, or neutral pastel tones to soothe little ones to sleep. The fabrics are of the softest quality to gently wrap around tender skin.  Crafted using specialist methods, our materials are all fair-trade and their adorable and easy style brings peace to your nursery, girl’s room or boy’s room environment. Home Soul beautiful handmade baby blankets can also be conveniently taken for travel outings or long trips, for a striking and embellished accessorised look to any stroller or carrycot. These one of a kind blankets are perfect for endless possibilities of impressive nursery themes and practical travel solutions for parents.

 

Handmade cushions

 

Be inspired to adorn your home living with our assortment of sophisticated handmade cushions. Add a hint of colour to your home with lavish, hand-stitched vintage kantha pieces. Home Soul offers a wide choice of handmade cushions including kilim, applique, brocade, cotton, sari and patchwork style all finished to the highest standard. While it may seem simple, colour coordination offers a range of possibilities for exciting improvements to complement almost any kind of home design, in the bedroom, office or reception areas, lounge, dining room or conservatory. The upbeat colours and delicious hand woven patterns bring flow and energy to tired beige sofas and a striking contrast to warmify bold coloured upholstery. Individuality in rooms can be as dramatic or subtle as you like with our handmade cushions, in fact choosing a coordinating palette of colours for your home canvas will help rooms flow together visually and feel more inviting. Help balance monochromatic themes with a colourful twist on tradition, setting the mood of your home for an appealing aesthetic. A contrast of colours not only creates a feel of elegance and luxury, but can impact enormously on the perception of the size of rooms. The sky is the limit with our handmade cushion couture collection so enjoy your playful pairing and personalised décor makeover.

 

Handmade rag rugs 

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The fabrics used to make handmade rag rugs are sustainable, eco-friendly and fair-trade, made from leftovers and waste pieces from the garment industries. They are bought from scrap merchants and large markets, according to weight. These artisans are all from local villages in a rural area near Delhi; manufacture the products on a handloom in their homes. Homespun handmade rag rugs are curated by fusing together the best quality raw material and latest technology in accordance with the set industry standards. Customise your own trend and make it your own with stylish ideas that add to the practicality and aesthetic of your home, in bathrooms, halls, study rooms, bedrooms, ensuites and reception rooms. Home Soul stock large, medium and small rugs to complement the size of your space, available in a splendid array of textures, weaves, colours & materials. Handmade rag rugs are of superior quality and environmental value to contribute to chic interior harmonised with mindful living.