'Kantha’ is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning rags. Traditionally, Kantha throws are made from recycled saris, originally by women in West Bengal, which are sewn together with a running stitch called kantha to make simple quilts, blankets and general household accessories. Each is therefore unique in its colour and design. Birdie has hand selected a collection of Kanthas in India which have been over dyed and over printed to create a unique look and blend of colours which tone perfectly with the current Birdie Fortescue Medina collection of homeware.
An interesting interior is one that is built up of layers. When it comes to textiles, a mixture of patterns, plain and textures is essential. Mixing old and new, bold and subtle and an element of surprise is key to creating a fabulous, eclectic and well balanced look.
A throw is a staple ‘must’ in most living rooms. Whether a formal space or a snug retreat, the addition of a unique Kantha will lift a scheme and add an element of chic. If you want to achieve a crisp, smart look we suggest folding them lengthways over the back of a sofa or chair and styling with plenty of coordinating cushions. Alternatively they look fabulous when casually slung casually over the arm of a chair for a more relaxed scheme. However they are styled, nothing beats curling up under these soft thick throws, especially at this time of the year!
Make your bed a focal point
Creating a space that is personal and stylish is never more important than in the bedroom. While cushions are a great way to make an impact, don’t underestimate the addition of a Kantha throw to finish off a bedroom scheme. Whether used as a formal bedspread at the end of a bed or draped on a chair or bench, these Kanthas add an element of quirkiness and charm that few other throws provide. Our Kantha throws are a great way to give your bedroom an update and to bring to life crisp white sheets!
We love using our Kantha throws as tablecloths as they provide a unique backdrop for colourful ceramics and linens. Pair a bold chevron pattern with a detailed napkin and add a textured placemat in complimentary colours. We love combining naturals with the bold rusty hues of our Romanian bowls and here these work beautifully with our Jute placemat. Try not too over complicate the tableware so that the fabrics are the main focus. It might not be the time of year for picnics but in the summer months our Kanthas often join us on a trip to a beautiful Norfolk beach or as a chic garden blanket for cooler evenings spent in the garden.