When founder of Clover, Samantha Petrie, got in touch the other day, let’s just say I was a teensy weensy bit excited. I know Clover’s brand well: whilst they’re US based, they stock a range of gorgeous products for the home, made by artisans around the world.
In a nutshell, by supporting their artisans’ crafts and communities, Clover strives to make it possible for them to ‘live in clover’ (i.e. live the good life, and to live in prosperity and comfort). You can probably see why they appeal to me…!
Recently back from a trip to Morocco, forging new collaborations and partnerships, Samantha was excited to showcase Clover’s first collection of cushions made from indigo textiles sourced from West Africa – Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali – and crafted by a small company in California. Rightly so too – these cushions are simply beautiful!
The subtle blue tones of the indigo complement the linen fabric perfectly, and the gold zippers add a cheeky hint of luxury. And, as ever with the products featured on this site, you can be safe in the knowledge that the artisans that created these timeless fabrics were compensated fairly for their work. That’s a value that Clover holds dear to its heart, and something that Samantha fiercely believes in.
Samantha has just returned home from a sourcing trip to Morocco where she picked up some gorgeous cactus silk rugs in soft sherbet colours that will be available on the site from July. I can’t wait to see those, as they sound amazing and pastel tones are BIG in the world of interiors right now (note to self: I don’t need any more rugs!).
But she also managed to pick up a couple of cheeky items for herself – some red leather slippers from +Michi (a modern boutique in the heart of the souk) and a chic silk dress from super stylish Hanout.
Don’t you just love the diverse range of blues you get from indigo-dyed fabric? From that stonewashed denim look to deeper, darker tones, it’s so versatile. But it takes years of knowledge to get to know the quantities of dye needed to achieve the desired hue, as well as knowing how long the dye needs to take hold. That’s why keeping these traditional techniques alive is so important! The patterns in the fabrics are created using a knotting technique, and the fact that this is done by hand means that no two pieces of fabric will ever be identical, adding to the charm of each piece.
I don’t know about you, but I think Clover’s new collection is a winner. For US readers, you get free shipping with each purchase over $100; for us internationally based folk, international shipping is available, though you’ll need to get in touch with Clover directly to sort out the cost.
Now the only tricky decision you have left to make is which one of these bad boys you want the most….!
Happy travels, and shopping