You’ve probably seen Kilim textiles before, but it’s possible you hadn’t heard them called by that name.  Kilims are a type of wool rug, manufactured (since antiquity) in Turkey and the Middle East.  The difference between Kilim and Persian rugs is the pile – Kilims have no pile and due to the method of their construction, take geometric patterns – giving them an antique-yet-modern appearance.  This also makes them an ideal textile to repurpose – into pillows, upholstery, clothing and shoes … the possibilities are quite amazing!  We’ve been seeing them pop up everywhere, in all sorts of decor.

Here’s a little design inspiration for decorating with Kilims:

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You could even invest in a pair of Kilim and leather boots!

We’ve got a choice selection of re-purposed Kilim pillow cases at Eden right now… here’s a peek at just a few:

They are available in small and large throw pillow sizes:

Rectangular (20″ w x 12″ h, $38); large square (23″ sq., $48) & small square (16″ sq., $38)

For more info call (503) 222-2285.

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Happy Friday! We’re holding out for summery days (we’ve gotten a few teasers, but we know the really good weather is still around the corner.)  It’s been great to see shoppers coming into the store wearing summery looks and brightly patterned clothes (even if they’re currently layered up a bit more than they will be in a month.)  Want some pattern inspiration?  Your wish is our command:

All above images are snippets of embroidery, bead-work, patterns and textiles at Eden.  Kimonos, lingerie, blankets, carpets, pillows, bags, dresses, costumes, scarves and more… if you’d like an even larger dose of color and pattern, stop by the shop!

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Eden opened doors last May in Portland’s Pearl District, and we’re pleased to announce we’ve just had a first birthday!  We’ll be throwing a party in celebration this week to coincide with First Thursday.

We’re also really excited that our next door neighbor Porch Light will be joining the fun and throwing their one-year anniversary party the same night!  Two stores, two parties, plus drinks, music, sweets and  plenty of shopping.  We hope to see you there!

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