The Lotus Bleu boutique returns in the form of an online market, with specialty collections sourced by our founder, Jeannie Fraise. Discovered in countries to which she and her family have visited around the globe, each themed collection will feature one-of-a-kind treasures with one or more of the characteristic Lotus Bleu hallmarks: bold and whimsical patterns, vibrant hues, rich textures, time-honored artisanal craftsmanship, and always with a modern twist! Each piece will be a limited edition original design, which means if you're longing for that special piece, snag it before it's gone!
In some instances, we can source a similar product, but each item is unique so an exact replacement may not be available. For Bay Area local clients, our products can be viewed in person in our San Francisco Potrero Hill studio by appointment. Please inquire through firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIRD STOP: MEXICO
Last fall, the Lotus Bleu team traveled to picturesque San Miguel de Allende to explore the numerous artisanal workshops which dot this region of Mexico. Meandering through the cobblestoned alleys of this ochre and terra cotta city, we discovered a boutique specializing in indigenous textiles.
Predominantly woven by Zapotec artisans from the Oaxaca region, many of these textiles are woven on waist looms and are dyed using natural ingredients like indigo (for blue) and the cochineal insect (for red). Each unique technique is handed down through familial lineage and the patterns closely resemble those found on friezes of ancient ruins. The proprietor of this artisanal textile boutique encourages the weavers to create their highest quality work and acts as their agent to sell them at an equitable price so the weavers can be fairly compensated. Using these special fabrics, we’ve designed a collection of accessories for the home.
SECOND STOP: ETHIOPIA
Our Ethiopia collection features an important staple from this ancient country: cotton. Spun, dyed, woven and finished entirely by hand, artisans apply their ancient skills to create unique, modern designs using 100% Ethiopian cotton. The highly textural hand-woven ivory fabric and its incredibly soft hand mimics raw silk, but is more hardy and can be washed & dried. Dyed in vibrant tones with natural, plant-based dyes, these textiles are woven by a Fair Trade vendor who provides positive work opportunities to hundreds of families in the capital, Addis Ababa.
Our collection features brightly colored striped pillows with wool pom-pom embellishments, and towels and throws for use in all areas, whether it’s on a bed or draped over a sofa. Or wrap yourself in this cozy cotton as you read a book. However you decide to indulge in these textiles, they are sure to bring joy and beauty to your space, while also supporting a great cause.
Steeped in history, the ancient city of Istanbul bridges the East and the West, geographically straddling Asia and Europe. As the convergence point of many cultures, the goods offered in the Istanbul markets span a wide range of styles, but the intricately embroidered silk suzanis from the Central Asian region and densely-piled wool and mohair tulu rugs from the Anatolian region caught Jeannie's eye during her visit.
Swooning over the rainbow of colors, fine craftsmanship, dramatic patterns, and rich textures, Jeannie's merchandising fancy was reignited, resulting in our offering of limited, one-of-a-kind pieces. Having experienced first hand how these sumptuous textiles add character and visual depth to an interior, this collection includes unique textiles, pillows, rugs and furniture. Hues range from neutrals in ivory and rose, to black and white, sapphire/indigo, to vivid red, burnt orange and fuchsia. Whether you lay a luscious rug on the floor, hang up a suzani tapestry on the wall or layer it over the back of a sofa, pop a pillow on the sofa or your bed, these gems will make any space sparkle.