Kantha Quilts from AU Maison

February 6, 2013

Your friends read your blog. Really. Don’t think for a second they don’t. I assumed that since my pals hang out with me offline that the last thing they want is more of me online, but it seems I am wrong. Most of my friends read this blog and take what I write about here pretty seriously, especially when I talk about things I need or want — from emotional support to a new vase. A blog truly is a very public Dear Diary entry, that’s for sure. Sometimes this can be a really good thing because your friends can really know your taste and through their blog, you can learn more about what they love. This comes in really helpful when gift giving.

Kantha Quilts from AU Maison

Do you remember my post last September about vintage Kantha quilts? My dear friend Tinna remembers and evidently, didn’t forget how passionate I was when I wrote about them. Recently, while visiting a design fair in Denmark, she spotted a stack of them at a booth and brought home a gorgeous Kantha quilt for me as a surprise. You can see it in my home below. It’s from a Danish company called AU Maison and though I knew about them and own other things from this brand, I had no idea that they stock these quilts. When she gave it to me last night, I wanted to jump up and down but remained as composed as I possibly could despite that I wanted to kiss and hug her to death. This is the best present ever!

Kantha Quilts from AU Maison

Tinna is an agent for House Doctor and Ferm Living, and she’s Danish (though living in Germany for over 20 years now), so she’s frequently in Denmark for her work and to attend the big design fairs. I always wonder when she’s off on her trips what she is finding and responding to since she has great taste and is very likable and chatty. She is THE perfect person to attend a fair – always looking, talking and isn’t afraid to approach people. I’m so glad she approached AU Maison and asked them if she could take home a quilt – what a cool lady, thank you Tinna.

Kantha Quilts from AU Maison

I am thrilled to have this and love that there is a little story behind it. Stories make objects so much more special but beyond that,  I am so happy and grateful to have friends in Germany that are like family. Maybe this little blog is more than just a way to reach people who don’t know me, perhaps it is reaching those who do. Do you ever think about your blog like that – that it can also draw in your friends even closer to you?

Do you love these quilts from India too?

(images: holly becker for decor8)

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  • Reply Emily February 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I adore Au maison, so much so I posted some of my favourite’s on my blog!

    It’s so lovely to hear that your friends read and take notice of what your writing about on Decor8, I hope mine do too! ;) xx

  • Reply Julie Smith February 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Love them too, great colour and that slightly distressed look. Keep up the great work! sending a bloghug!

  • Reply Chloe Moon February 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I wish more of my friends read my blog!! These quilts are beautiful! They could really brighten up a room!! =)

  • Reply Silkie February 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    What a thoughtful friend! Kantha quilts are just beautiful! My Mum is in India at the moment..(for the first time & she’s 65!)I might have to put in a request..maybe she could squish one in her hand luggage for me!!

  • Reply Joanna from FINDING SHIBUSA February 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I love it, anything textiles. I work for ANICHINI so the handmade, the antique, the global, the woven’s my passion. What a great friend, and what a great eye for color – it pairs perfectly with your rug!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente February 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Oh, yes….COMPLETELY obsessed! I love them and have been on the hunt for the perfect one! :) Love yours!

  • Reply Amberly February 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    What a thoughtful friend Tinna is! I am not convinced my friends read my blog but I do know they follow me on Pinterest, so they do know my style and the things I like from there. Many people have “Wish List” Pinterest boards and it’s totally a great place to get gift ideas!

    And that blanket is so pretty, I love the colors and it looks so soft! I’m glad to have these on my radar now :)

  • Reply Lauren February 6, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    What a lovely quilt! It’s funny, because there are some friends/family members that I know read my blog and I think of them sometimes when I’m writing. But then there are others that I had no idea read it, until they surprise me by knowing something I’ve never told them in person. Blogging is interesting like that- you never quite know exactly who you’re talking to :)

  • Reply Shalagh Hogan February 6, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Funny how I too assume friends don’t read my blog and am continually surprised when they say they do. Your post has magically woven the beauty of those textiles with the embracing warmth of friendship as only you can do Holly.
    Thanks so much.

  • Reply Margarida February 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Love them!
    I saw them recently at a trade show in London :-)

    And now I must confess something: I got their catalogue and I’ve been using the pages to upcycle a shoe box and to wrap small presents for my friends… GUILTY!

  • Reply Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation February 7, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I remember that post that you wrote, and that is when I first found my love for Kantha quilts, too. They are so beautiful, and I just love the one that was gifted to you. What a treasure — both the friend, and the quilt! :-)

  • Reply diane February 7, 2013 at 1:16 am

    It makes me laugh to think others think alike. I dont really think my friends read my blog…but I hope they do. im pretty sure no one in my family does:( Might have to start posting about some things i would love:) hehe

  • Reply Tasmia February 7, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Nice post.If possible search “Nakshi Kantha”. You will love the color, patern and texture.I have few kantha as bedcover and quilt (all are bangladeshi products).

  • Reply Nina February 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I always think that my friends don’t read my blog. But lately I talked to my sister on the phone and told her I thought of stopping my weekly retrospect. And she said “No please don’t, I like it so much, this way I feel like I know what’s happening in your life”. So I kept it. :D

    I think I should mention the things I want to have more. Maybe I will get such a nice quilt too.
    with love,

    P.s.: I love your blog. It always makes me happy to read it.

  • Reply Carrie February 7, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    That quilt is amazing but as a side note…. WHOA, where did that rug come from?

  • Reply Sundal February 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I love the quilts! They are so beautiful and I love anything with a handmade feel. They’ve reminded me of a DIY I’ve been planning for years- my own homemade bedspread made from a vintage sari. I will crack on with that now and post the DIY on my own blog soon.

    Also great to be reminded that despite not getting a lot of comments on my blog, there are people who keep coming back to read it (thank god for google analytics, or else I’d have given up!), and I’m reminded of this whenever I haven’t posted in a week or so, one of my friends will say, haven’t seen anything on your blog recently, everything ok?

    I also once saw some beauty products from a small, ethical brand I’d reviewed a while ago in my sister’s bedroom and was surprised until she told me that she’d bought them after reading my blog! Such things inspire me to keep blogging.

    Thanks again!

  • Reply A Day in May Design February 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    What a thoughtful gift! I’m loving the quilt and the rug, both beautiful :).

  • Reply mel February 10, 2013 at 1:23 am

    What a lovely gift Holly. You’re so lucky to have good friends surrounding you especially since you’re living away from your roots. I love the rug she gave you. I’m a fan of all things ethnic and earthy. Mel:)

  • Reply Leska February 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Hello, lovely post! Your quilt is beautiful and will forever warm your heart for years to come, so fantastic. Here’s a toast to online relationships! I’m a surface and pattern designer out of Miami, fl I don’t really have a local network of people but my online network is amazing. How fortunate are we to live at a time where we can connect and cultivate relationships with like minded people from all over the world. So very grateful!

  • Reply Felicia February 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Love this post! My first Kantha quilt actually comes from AU Maison. I also work at several design shows, the most important being Maison & Objet here in Paris. They were so kind, they had gorgeous fabrics and products and everyone was so friendly to me. I haven’t purchased another one yet, but will definitely grab one during the September show.

  • Reply Daksha March 31, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Ur r gr8 with ur motifs and colour pallet

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