What, When, Where: Time to Get Cozy

September 19, 2011

By Kara Lashley

Do you need another reason to love fall? How about the chance to ensconce yourself in an amazingly cozy throw from D. Bryant Archie Textiles?

Inspired by African, Persian and American Indian traditions, the talented D. Bryant collaborates with handweavers in Peru to create her luxe line of blankets and pillows. After seeing them at this year’s ICFF, I can’t get the beautiful fabrics off my mind–especially as cooler weather approaches.

Photos courtesy of D. Bryant Archie

New for fall, the Usonian blanket takes its name from Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy of simple, harmonious design. Like many of D. Bryant’s offerings, it’s made of baby alpaca and can be purchased with a coordinating pillow.

Based on a classic Navajo design, the alpaca-and-linen Gade Chief pillow sports a hand-embroidered embellishment.

Besides alpaca and linen textiles, D. Bryant also offers one-of-a-kind pieces made from unique fabrics she finds around the world. Her Aso Oke pillows, for instance, are fashioned from vintage Nigerian tapestries traditionally worn by men on special occasions.

While they’d be right at home in an upscale lodge, these pieces can just as easily add a bit of rustic chic to more refined spaces. I love how D. Bryant pairs her earthy patterns with stately furniture.

In New England, you can get your hands on D. Bryant’s wares through Lynnens in Greenwich, Connecticut. Or, if you’re in New York City, make an appointment to visit her studio and showroom.

Wishing you a warm and cozy autumn!

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