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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Bright skies and warm(er) weather seem to call for louder, happier, dancier tunes while we work and play.  We’ve been partial to a couple of compilations of world music that range from psychedelic to jazz in their sounds and leave us feeling optimistic, energized and excited for all of the beautiful, warm days to come (even if we have to suffer another few days of rain in the meantime.)

#1: Peace Love & Poetry: Turkish Psychedelic Music – listen here.

Many of our vintage and antique treasures are sourced from Turkey and the Middle East, and much of the style of the shop is based in a 1970s aesthetic, so it’s no wonder that psychedelic music from Turkey would sound highly appropriate at Eden.  Similar to American psychedelic music of the 1970′s, Turkish psychedelic music took a highly roots-based approach, incorporating sounds, instruments and themes from traditional Turkish folk and blues songs.  This album features a range of artists, some infamous in the Turkish music scene and around the world (including Baris Manco and Selda) and others who are decidedly more obscure (such as Ersen.)  The album artwork from some of the artists featured in this compilation (easily found by Googling their names) is equally spectacular and harkens an era of bold, psychedelic graphic design.

Psychedelia fans, get excited: this album is one of a series of world psychedelic music which includes Chilean, Afrian, American, British, Japanese, Mexican and Brazilian albums.

#2: African Scream Contest: Raw and Psychedelic Afro Sounds from Benin and Tongo 70s – listen here.

We’re becoming evangelists for this compilation.  We’ve played it at Eden and sister shop Flutter, told our friends at Palace of Industry about it and are playing it at home, on the way to work, running for groceries, while drinking beers in our back gardens… perfect parts upbeat without being grating, mellow and jazzy, it’s been lightening the last rainy days of the season.  From a 2009 Dusted Magazine review: “The record’s name might raise hackles from some quarters, or at least questions. Is Analog Africa trying to capitalize on lurid preconceptions of dark content primitivism, or putting a lo-fi spin on the search for the exotic other, or simply suggesting that this is the work of a bunch of Africans deeply indebted to James Brown? It’s certainly misleading. First of all, this collection is no competition, but a 14-way tie for first place – there’s not a dud in the bunch. Second, far from being an African collection, everything on Africa Scream Contest comes from Togo and Benin. And while there’s plenty of Brown-ian motion, this is not a purely Africans-do-James Brown set, or even exclusively funk-oriented… If anything, the music presented here beats both ethnographic recordings and polished Afro-pop for universal, as well as visceral, appeal. These artists weren’t fringe types and these grooves weren’t rare by design, but intended to move butts on the dance floor. ” (We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.)

#3: Folk and Pop Sounds from Sumatra – listen here.

This two-volume set (sold separately, but nice when listened to together) from label Sublime Frequencies is an old favorite which we pull out every spring and summer.  Featuring a range of Sumatran artists recorded over three decades, some so minor and undiscovered that they’re listed as “unknown,” these albums are full of incredibly catchy songs that range in style from dance-y to melancholic, yet mysteriously upbeat.  Many of the tracks are reminiscent of by-gone pop music while others are incredibly modern sounding.  The scratchy recording quality of some of the tracks (along with the aforementioned fact that many of the artists are listed as unknown) lend the sense that these songs are rare, perhaps scoured from someone’s old cassette tape found in a junk store or flea market and that we might be incredibly lucky to hear them.  Worth a listen for any world music fan.

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Several months ago, a troupe of ladies drove out to the woods between Washougal and Stevenson to stage, style and shoot the first Eden look book.  Alongside Annie Montgomery, Genevieve Liberte took video all day to put together into a little film and Anja Verdugo took behind the scenes photos.  We’re pleased to announce the film is now complete and thought we’d share it here, alongside some of Anja’s beautiful behind-the-scenes photos from that very magical day in the forest.

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Many of our new (and vintage) spring arrivals are reminding us of Imperial- and Soviet-era Russia!

We thought it might be interesting to share some of this inspiration in a blog post, along some of the items at Eden with a decidedly Russian style.

Images of early 20th Century Russia from Early Travel Photography (elderly Leo Tolstoy at lower right!)

Soviet-era illustrations by Alexander Rodchenko from Rodchenko: Design.

Fur hat images: 12 • 3 – Vintage Russian fox fur hat, available at Eden4

1 • 2 & 4 – Soviet-era Russian medals and pins available at Eden3

Zhostovo-style painting is a huge component of Russian folk art.  This distinct style is recognized in a collection of barrettes we’ve got at the shop right now, too!

12 • 3 – Russian Zhostovo style barrettes, available at Eden4

Much Imperial and antique Russian jewelry bears strong resemblance to that of neighboring Asian and Middle Eastern regions.  Some of our Turkish jewelry certainly fits into this category – we think these pieces (on right, for sale at Eden) look a lot like the antique Russian versions (at left.)

1 • 2 & 3 – available at Eden4

We hope you’ve enjoyed a little glimpse into our latest inspiration!  If you are interested in purchasing any of our inventory shown above, please call (503) 222-2285 during business hours (10-6 M-Sat, and 10-5 Sundays PST) or email info@edenportland.com

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This week, our gift guide focuses on lovely presents for people who are in the process of nesting because of a new home or a new baby.  With a little originality and planning, gifts for friends and loved ones facing exciting transitions can be some of the most rewarding to give, and most treasured for years to come!

For new homeowners:

Artist’s Handmade Houses – An inspiring collection of one-of-a-kind, truly handmade artist homes sure to get your new homeowner friend’s creative wheels turning.

Turkish glasses – These bright, gilded glasses are a simple, yet much appreciated hostess or housewarming gift and are available in red, purple and teal.

Vintage Turkish suzani – This bright, extra long, intricately embroidered suzani would make a stunning wall-hanging or an original table runner or window valance.

Golden Cypress candle – With its smell of fresh snapped needles, this candle conjures memories of forests and holidays past.  The perfect touch for a new space!

For the new parent:

Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm – This book brings together two dozen classic Grimm fairy tales in an all-new translation. Containing a by some of the most famous illustrators from the 1850s to the 1950s, this compilation also includes beautiful silhouettes culled from original publications from the 1920s.

Turkish Suzani Duffel – Large enough to function as a diaper bag now, and a carry-all or overnight bag later, this brightly embroidered duffel is made from vintage Turkish suzanis.  A stylish piece that is sure to remain a keepsake for any parent.

Vintage Bolivian blankets – Cozy and versatile, these deadstock Bolivian blankets can also function as rugs, providing a soft and cozy space for a nursery or room with hardwood floors.  In a number of bright, striped colors, they happily complement any decor scheme.

A Child’s Garden of Verses – This beautiful board book features eight of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic poems with antique illustrations by some of the best-known children’s book illustrators of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Check out our previous gift guides: 123

Coming this Friday: gifts for academics and archivist / collector types!

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