Vintage textiles from Parna
I’m currently obsessed with vintage textiles. Beautifully faded cushions, delicately embroidered tablecloths, and super-soft old patchwork quilts – I love them all. You might think you’d have to travel to hidden-away vintage shops to rifle through these treasures, but there’s a wonderful website that lets you replicate the experience online. It’s called Parna.
They source the most amazing vintage, antique, and artisan-made textiles from central and Eastern Europe, working with master craftspeople who’s skills are in danger of dying out. Nearly everything they sell is a one-off or limited edition.
There’s a huge assortment of linen and hemp rolls of fabric in different colours. I love this vintage hand-loomed hemp, which is over 60 years old. It would be so beautiful as a table-cloth or runner.
There’s also a great selection of traditionally Indigo resist-dyed fabric, like this vintage linen sheet with a delicate daisy pattern.
These hand-loomed rush bags are made by master crafters, from rush harvested from the River Tisza in Hungary.
There’s even more on their website, including vintage folk costumes, hand-cut felt cushions, and hand-spun hemp and cord. Warning: you may lose several hours while browsing this site, not to mention day-dreaming about the perfect French farmhouse to decorate with all these beautiful textiles.
Kathryn is a copywriter and communications specialist, with a love of fabric and beautiful interiors. She worked at Hidden Art, which led to her interest in all things craft and design related. She authors the blog Yes I Like That and you can follow her on Twitter @kathrynxyz. Read more posts by Kathryn Green.
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