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Traditional Irish Aran Pillow
Traditional Irish Aran Pillow
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Few things are more evocative of Ireland than the intricate knitting of the Aran Islands. Traditionally, the sweaters of the Aran fisherman were made by their mothers, sisters, and daughters—each sweater providing vital warmth and a tie to home and family. Bring the cozy feel of Aran knitting home with this soft, 100% merino wool pillow. The patchwork pattern incorporates three distinct Aran stiches: the diamond stitch represents prosperity, the honeycomb stitch represents the hard work of the honeybee and the rewards of an industrious life, and the cable stitch stands in for the fishing rope that was so essential to livelihood on the Aran Islands.


Available colors: Gray, Natural, Red
$89.00
Traditional Irish Aran Throw
Traditional Irish Aran Throw
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

Aran knitting is well known for its wealth of intricate stitches and symbolism. In this cozy, cream-colored wool throw, the diamond stitch represents prosperity, the honeycomb stitch represents the hard work of the honeybee and the rewards of an industrious life, and the cable stitch stands in for the fishing rope that was so essential to livelihood on the Aran Islands. Knit from 100% merino wool.


$129.00
Shona Giraffe Sculpture
Shona Giraffe Sculpture
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

Shona is a 20th-century name given to a number of related ethnic groups in Zimbabwe. They speak similar dialects of a standardized Shona language, and many trace their ancestry back to the 12th-century capital city of Great Zimbabwe, whose ruins are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today’s Shona stone carvers draw inspiration from those ancient builders and speak of releasing the spirit trapped in stone as they carve and polish with hand tools. Each handmade sculpture is unique, as is the raw, hand-quarried soapstone it emerged from; please accept variations.


$98.00
Set of 5 Cloisonné Pens
Set of 5 Cloisonné Pens
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

In an age of smart phones with digital cameras and instant connection to social media from almost any corner of the world, it’s almost old-fashioned to write a postcard or keep a travel journal. Let these handsome cloisonné pens inspire you to slow down and reflect on your adventures. In this craft tradition that dates back to the Byzantine era, each pen is handcrafted using a wire outline that is filled with powdered enamel and heated to a porcelain-like finish. Twist-open, black, refillable ballpoint.


$29.00
German Christmas Smoker
German Christmas Smoker
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Incense has been part of traditional Christian celebrations for centuries. The twelfth day of Christmas is the festival of Epiphany, on January 6, which celebrates the day that the Magi visited the infant Jesus and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. German Christians often mark the occasion, and the end of the Christmas season, by burning incense in “smokers” or Räuchermänner.


$98.00
Pendleton National Park Blankets
Pendleton National Park Blankets
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

Pendleton Woolen Mills has created distinctive blankets honoring America’s National Parks since the early 1900s. Each blanket has unique historic designs and colors that date back to frontier trading posts. The original blankets had 3, 4, or 5 black stripes incorporated in the design, which indicated the value. Fur trappers would bring their catch to the trading posts, and traders would hold up fingers to indicate the weight of the blanket in pounds that they were willing to trade for the trapper’s goods.


Available styles: Grand Canyon, Glacier Park, Yellowstone
$199.00
Scrimshaw Whale Box
Scrimshaw Whale Box
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

By 1800, New England was the center of the world's whaling industry. Sailors spent long months at sea, and one of the ways they passed the time was creating scrimshaw—etched bones or tusks that were blackened with soot or tobacco to highlight the design. This contemporary scrimshaw box is made of water buffalo bone and reproduces a design that a sailor may have made for his sweetheart at home.


$35.00
Set of Two Chinese Lantern Ornaments
Set of Two Chinese Lantern Ornaments
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

China’s Lantern Festival officially marks the end of lunar new year celebrations. People wear white to honor the moon and carry lanterns to light the path to a prosperous new year. Bring the joys of these celebrations into your own holiday traditions with our hand-painted glass ornaments.


$25.00
$4.99
Bleu D'Chine Hand-printed Napkins - Set of 4
Bleu D'Chine Hand-printed Napkins - Set of 4
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Hand-block-printing is a tradition that dates back more than five centuries in the northern Indian village of Sanganer, Jaipur. Techniques are handed down from generation to generation, and the process remains decidedly low-tech. Hand-carved teakwood blocks are dipped in natural indigo and gray dyes, then stamped onto lengths of crisp cotton with studied movements. The result is a bold pattern whose irregularities are testament to the hours of handmade artisan involved.


$30.00
Bleu D'Chine Hand-printed Tablecloth
Bleu D'Chine Hand-printed Tablecloth
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Hand-block-printing is a tradition that dates back more than five centuries in the northern Indian village of Sanganer, Jaipur. Techniques are handed down from generation to generation, and the process remains decidedly low-tech. Hand-carved teakwood blocks are dipped in natural indigo and gray dyes, then stamped onto lengths of crisp cotton with studied movements. The result is a bold pattern whose irregularities are testament to the hours of handmade artisan involved.


$68.00
Bleu D'Chine Hand-printed Tea Towels - Set of 2
Bleu D'Chine Hand-printed Tea Towels - Set of 2
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Hand-block-printing is a tradition that dates back more than five centuries in the northern Indian village of Sanganer, Jaipur. Techniques are handed down from generation to generation, and the process remains decidedly low-tech. Hand-carved teakwood blocks are dipped in natural indigo and gray dyes, then stamped onto lengths of crisp cotton with studied movements. The result is a bold pattern whose irregularities are testament to the hours of handmade artisan involved.


$28.00
Safari Hand-printed Napkins - Set of 4
Safari Hand-printed Napkins - Set of 4
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Hand-block-printing is a tradition that dates back more than five centuries in the northern Indian village of Sanganer, Jaipur. Techniques are handed down from generation to generation, and the process remains decidedly low-tech. Hand-carved teakwood blocks are dipped in natural indigo and gray dyes, then stamped onto lengths of crisp cotton with studied movements. The result is a bold pattern whose irregularities are testament to the hours of handmade artisan involved.


$30.00
Bleu D'Chine Hand-printed Table Runner
Bleu D'Chine Hand-printed Table Runner
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Hand-block-printing is a tradition that dates back more than five centuries in the northern Indian village of Sanganer, Jaipur. Techniques are handed down from generation to generation, and the process remains decidedly low-tech. Hand-carved teakwood blocks are dipped in natural indigo and gray dyes, then stamped onto lengths of crisp cotton with studied movements. The result is a bold pattern whose irregularities are testament to the hours of handmade artisan involved.


$45.00
Lake Atitlan Tea Set
Lake Atitlan Tea Set
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Archaeologists have found Maya terracotta vessels and sculptures dating as far back as the 6th century, including the famed Jaina Island figurines. Artisan Roberto Perez draws on that ancient tradition when creating pieces like this terracotta tea set in his studio near Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán.


$98.00
Marrakesh Leather Pouf
Marrakesh Leather Pouf
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Leather tanning has been a Moroccan industry for more than one thousand years. One tannery that is still in operation in Fes dates back to the 9th century. In the marketplaces of any Moroccan city, you’ll find shops displaying thousands of babouches (traditional soft slippers), wallets, bags, jackets, and much more.


$375.00
Talavera Salsera Serving Set
Talavera Salsera Serving Set
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents
Fusing Moorish tradition with Spanish techniques and indigenous Mexican talent, the Castillo family of Guanajuato, Mexico, crafts these molded ceramics. Each piece is first painted white, giving the artisans a blank canvas to spice with vibrant, one-of-a-kind floral designs rendered in lead-free glazes.
$99.00
Talavera-style Mugs - Set of 2
Talavera-style Mugs - Set of 2
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Talavera pottery originated in the Arab-Andalusia culture of Talavera de la Reina, Spain, where it was known as majolica. When Spanish monks came to Mexico in the 16th century, they wanted to decorate their monasteries and churches with tiles like they had back home. But although pre-Hispanic Mexican cultures had a long history of working in ceramic, they didn’t use a potter’s wheel or glaze. The monks brought specialized artisans to the Mexican state of Puebla to train them in the majolica style. Mexican artisans fused their knowledge of ceramic techniques and local materials with their own interpretation of majolica, creating the distinctive patterns and colors that have come to be known as talavera pottery.


$39.00
Set of Eight Rajasthani Sparkling Pocket Mirrors
Set of Eight Rajasthani Sparkling Pocket Mirrors
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents
During Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, families gather to celebrate with lanterns, fireworks, and candles. In India's rural states, Diwali decorations often incorporate tiny slivers of mirror that cast glittering reflections. Perfect for stocking stuffers or party favors, these compact-size mirrors are crafted in that same sparkling spirit. Rajasthani women gather lac, a resin from trees, and mold it like clay into a disk shape. Before the lac hardens, beads and hand-cut mirrors are pressed into its surface. Handmade in India. Set of 8.
$29.00
Miniature Egyptian Glass Perfume Bottle Set
Miniature Egyptian Glass Perfume Bottle Set
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents
Egyptians are believed to be the first to incorporate fragrances and perfume into their cultural rituals, and intricate perfume bottles have been discovered within the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. Our beautiful examples are hand-blown and shaped in Egypt using a technique that has been in use since the 13th century. Each is a unique creation accented with 24k gold, painted in delicate translucent colors, and finally topped with a sculpted leaf-shaped stopper. Fill them with perfumes or scented oils. No two are alike. Set of five.
$39.00
$14.99
Reverse-painted Glass Jewelry Box
Reverse-painted Glass Jewelry Box
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

Popular during the Spanish colonial era in Peru, the art of reverse-glass painting dwindled until local artisans rediscovered it in the 1960s. Designs are painted on the back of glass—first the details and outlines, then highlights, then the background. Glass panels decorated with swirling floral motifs adorn this petite gold-painted wooden jewelry box.


$79.00
$20.99
Chalet Cuckoo Clock
Chalet Cuckoo Clock
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

Cuckoo clocks have been a specialty of artisans in Germany’s Black Forest and the nearby Swiss Alps since the mid-18th century. Our charming wooden chalet-style clock features a young accordion player in traditional dress, accompanied by a Saint Bernard carrying a barrel of brandy, which is a staple of Alpine folklore. A cuckoo emerges from the rafters to announce each hour. Includes automatic night-off light sensor.


$199.00
Florentine Chess Set
Florentine Chess Set
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One of the earliest mentions of chess in Italy is the story of an 11th-century Florentine clergyman who was reprimanded for staying up late playing the game in a “house of entertainment.” Today, chess sets are among the many crafts for which Florentine artisans are known. This set features hand-carved wooden pieces and a faux-leather board. Reverses to a backgammon board with resin pieces.


$199.00
$55.99
Choir Pyramid
Choir Pyramid
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In Germany's Erzgebirgskreis district, home of the Ore Mountains and just north of the Czech border, the town of Seiffen is known for its wooden toys and Christmas traditions. When silver and tin mines started dying down in the 17th century, crafts like lacemaking and carved wooden toys and figurines began to take its place. Today Seiffen is known for its nutcrackers, "smoking men" carvings, and choir pyramids.


$85.00
Himalayan Singing Bowl Set
Himalayan Singing Bowl Set
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For centuries, Buddhist monks have used the haunting sounds of the Himalayan singing bowl in meditation. By holding the bowl in one hand and tracing its rim with the mallet, the bowl vibrates to create a sustained bell-like sound. It can also be hit with the mallet like a gong.


$85.00
Vintage-style American Mah-jongg Set
Vintage-style American Mah-jongg Set
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

This Chinese game of skill and strategy became a national craze when an American importer developed a set of simplified rules in the early 1920s. Our set features richly detailed and historically accurate reproductions of antique mah-jongg tiles. Includes 166 resin tiles carved with the traditional bamboo, dragon, and flower motifs (152 to play the game, plus 14 extra), wooden dice, and instructions for American-style play, all in a brass-handled wooden carrying case.


$49.95
Celtic Pewter Tankard
Celtic Pewter Tankard
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Raise a toast to health and happiness with this handcrafted pewter tankard. Sized to hold the perfect pint, the design features a double band of Celtic knots. The Birmingham, England, company that makes these tankards has been in business for more than 230 years, and has the world's largest collection of antique molds. The body is formed from a single sheet of pewter. The handle is then gravity-cast from lead-free pewter using a bronze mold. Finally two bands depicting a never-ending Celtic knot are hand-soldered on.


$79.00
$46.99
Tuareg Woven Basket
Tuareg Woven Basket
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

Using the leave of the doum palm, women of Niger’s Tuareg tribe weave this shallow basket using a method called poinĉon, after the French word for an awl or punch tool. This natural, ecological material is richly abundant in the Tuareg’s landscape and the products have always been used in their nomadic life.


$89.00
$59.99
Art Nouveau-inspired Tortoise Lamp
Art Nouveau-inspired Tortoise Lamp
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The art nouveau movement of the early 20th century was inspired by nature, Eastern art and design, and a desire to create objects that were both beautiful and functional. This glowing stained-glass tortoise lamp with a brass-finished base is made in the tradition of classic art glass from the 1910s. Chinese mythology tells that the tortoise is one of four creatures who rule the corners of heaven, where it represents strength, longevity, and endurance.
$39.00
Cloisonné Peacock Pillbox
Cloisonné Peacock Pillbox
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

In China, peacocks symbolize beauty and dignity. Until the early 20th century, peacock feathers were given as awards for service or generosity—the more “eyes” on the feather, the more significant the award. This petite peacock pillbox is made using centuries-old cloisonné techniques, with hand-applied Swarovski crystals.


$55.00
$7.99
Cloisonné Teapot Ornaments - Set of 4
Cloisonné Teapot Ornaments - Set of 4
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

Cloisonné was developed thousands of years ago during the Byzantine era and traveled via the Silk Road to China, where it has flourished as an art form ever since. To create a design in cloisonné, an artist's original sketch must be traced using thin strips of wire. Into this wire "scaffolding" is inserted powdered enamel that, when baked, fills the outlines and creates a porcelain-like appearance.


$32.00