June 1st, 2018
During the possessing of the wool, it is washed in highly efficient steam boilers, custom designed so that they don’t use any firewood. This helps to avoid any smoke pollution, as well as eliminate the need for lumber and cutting down trees.
May 1st, 2018
Golo-Golo / Himalayan sheep wool & Metallic thread
Vaara Collection / 8' x 10'
Close-up details of Golo-Golo.
Within the interior design industry, we are all constantly exploring new ways to incorporate current trends, classic styles and personal preferences. Our Golo-Golo design is something that for us, combines all three of these aspects.
April 1st, 2018
The transformation that takes place during the hand-processing of wool is quite amazing. As most of us already know, wool originates most commonly from sheep, or goats. The wool is harvested from the animal by sheering, and often has small sticks and leaves mixed within it. Our wool comes from sheep living in the Himalayas.
Raw unprocessed Himalayan sheep wool
The wool is then combed using two carder brushes to remove any debris, this process is called hand-carding. Carding is done by a person holding a brush in each hand and brushing the wool in opposite directions. These brushes may look similar to a dog grooming brush.
Carding of Himalayan sheep wool
Wool spinning and organizing
Ball of finely spun Himalayan sheep Wool
March 1, 2018
January 1, 2018
As we begin the new year and reflect on 2017, we often tend to ask ourselves, what’s next? We all know that Greenery dominated 2017, but nothing stays the same forever and that can certainly be said for interior and design trends. Pantone annually gives us a node in the direction for the colour forecast of the year. This year Pantone has announced their colour pick for 2018 is Ultra Violet.
I’m sure we can say that we were not the only ones to be a little bit surprised by the choice, but after reading from Pantone the inspiration behind it and taking a bit of time to think about it. We’re quite excited! Purple certainly doesn’t fall under a safe category of colours. It’s a colour that almost in every shade and tone has a strong character. It will be interesting to see how this colour is used throughout the year, perhaps pushing people out of their comfort zone. Wither it is used as an accent or statement in a space, one thing is for sure, that it will be seen.
December 1, 2017
Millennial pink, blush pink, rose quartz and pale dogwood, whichever one is more familiar to you, we’re sure you’ll agree that pink is in.
Pantone's Spring Fashion colour report of 2017 included pale dogwood, recognized as a peaceful and tranquil subtle pink.
These tones of pink are endearing and calming, they add a touch of sophistication to a space. They work as great naturals to add to most colour palettes. These pinks look great paired with black, grey, blue, white and metallics.
We pulled a few images together along side colour palettes made with our wool colour pompoms, each with one of these subtle pinks.
1. Greenery, grey, white and copper - the pink pulls all these colours together and adds some life into the palette - such a dreamy kitchen!
October 1, 2017
Ancient Doors was inspired by a visit to Fork York, a national historic site of military fortifications and related buildings, located in downtown Toronto. There was a wooden and metal lock gate that grabbed the attention of our designer. The texture from the wood grain has been translated into the design. The soft grey and blue undertone palette, contrasts with the rough texture and dark colour of the wood and metal knobs from the Fort York gate. The blend of tones in this carpet allow for the dominant colour to vary from grey to blue, even purple depending on what colours it is paired with.
Voting is live on the Interior Design Best of Year voting site from October 5 - 16, 2017.
September 1, 2017