Flower Market September 19 2018, 0 Comments
Flower markets are always a beautiful source of inspiration. Especially the bustling Calcutta flower market. With a rich array of bright colored flowers that smell heavenly. The colors at the flower market influenced the latest colors of our loungewear.
(Images courtesy of ecru)
Rawr! August 06 2018, 0 Comments
We love looking for inspiration for our prints. Can you see the inspiration of color from the vintage Almanaque Magazine from 1960 we found for the Lionshead print?
(Images courtesy of ecru and Pinterest)
Summer Prints May 07 2018, 0 Comments
The best time of the year is when we get to see the block prints getting sampled. When the blocks have finally been carved into our designs see them printed in different colors. By next week we will be able to see all these beautifully printed products!
The Annual Jaipur Visit November 02 2016, 0 Comments
Last week I did my annual pilgrimage to Jaipur, which is always exciting and fun. I got to meet with the production team at our Indian office. First thing was looking at the amazing fabrics that Nur sourced for our lounge dresses. The next order of business was visiting different factories and workshops. I got to see what is being sampled for upcoming collections. My favorite part is the printing factory. It always amazes me to see how artisans carve beautiful blocks and printers meticulously hand print our fabric. The natural rhythm they have while printing fabric is unbelievably calming. However, my latest obsession is the treasure trove that is the stringers workshop. It's absolutely amazing with all the different stones displayed and dangled. Just spectacular.
(Images courtesy of ecru)
Turquoise Blue March 31 2015, 0 Comments
Between blue and green, turquoise is a color that adds a sense of tranquility and coolness against the African dessert. While researching images for the upcoming “Africa” collection, I kept stumbling on images of houses and women wrapped in turquoise. The color is throughout the collection, in various tints of it. We used light turquoise in the Little One’s prints, and in its deeper shades we used for the table linens and cushions.
Stay tuned for the final products…
(Images courtesy of ecru and Pintrest)
Fattoush With A Fall Twist November 24 2014, 0 Comments
Fattoush is a summer salad and since we’ve had an extended Indian summer this year we can still have it. As we love to experiment with our food, we decided to add a little fall produce to our traditional fattoush. Here’s a delicious Fall-Toush salad. Doesn’t the orange of the squash look great against our blue Dhow Napkins?
Serves 2 Meal Sized Portions or 4 Appetizer Portions
3 tablespoons olive oil, possibly plus another spoonful
1 1/4 pound squash (one medium)
1/2 pound brussels sprouts (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper or Aleppo pepper flakes to taste
1 large pita bread
2 scallions, thinly sliced
About 1 tablespoon mint leaves, finely chopped
About 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley or cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Additional ground sumac or paprika, to finish
2 teaspoons ground sumac or paprika (see Note above)
2 teaspoons warm water
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper or Aleppo pepper flakes to taste
Prepare vegetables: Heat oven to 400F. Coat two baking sheets with a tablespoon or so of olive oil each.
Cut ends off squash and scrape out seeds with a spoon. [Did you know you can toast these like pumpkin seeds for a crispy garnish? You can!] Slice squash into 1/2-inch rings, then cut each ring into 1 to 2-inch chunks (I cut each ring into 1/6ths). Spread on first baking sheet in one layer; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until bronzed underneath, then flip and roast for another 10 to 13 minutes, until browned at the edges and tender in the center. Set aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, trim ends and any discolored leaves from brussels sprouts and halve them lengthwise. Spread cut-side-down on second baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, then flip sprouts and roast them for another 5 to 10 minutes, until toasty and crisp. Set aside to cool slightly.
Prepare pita chips: Split pita into two layers and cut or tear into large bite-sized chunks. Toss in a bowl with a little less than 1 remaining tablespoon olive oil and a couple pinches of salt. Spread on a baking sheet (I reused my brussels sheet, because they were done first) and toast in oven with vegetables for 5 to 8 minutes, until golden and crisp.
Make dressing: Soak sumac in water for 5 minutes, then whisk in remaining dressing ingredients. Adjust seasonings to taste; you may find you need more lemon juice or vinegar.
Assemble salad: In a medium-large bowl, combine warm roasted vegetables and scallions. Toss with 1/2 to 2/3 dressing, or to taste. Stir in chopped herbs, then pita chips; add more dressing and adjust salt and pepper levels if needed. Sprinkle with sumac to finish, and serve.
To do ahead: I’d keep the roasted vegetables separate from the pita chips so they don’t get soggy. I’d expect the roasted vegetables to hold up pretty well with the dressing (although it’s going to mostly absorb) but if you’re worried, you can keep that separate until serving, too.
(Recipe courtesy of Smitten Kitchen)
Winter Whites November 10 2014, 0 Comments
As the weather gets colder, I cannot help but think about winter whites. A neutral color that at times might feel stark, but when used in the right way it feels quite calming. Our white Pomegranate print used in our table linens can be the perfect backdrop for the rich colors of this season's produce.
Pomegranate Napkins can be found here.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest and ecru)
Table Setting Competition June 22 2014, 0 Comments
Email or WhatsApp us at +965 90065205 a photo of your table setting using our products.
Please include your full name and phone number with the attached photo.
Deadline for submitting the image is Saturday 28th of June 2014.
All submitted photos will be shared on Instagram @ecruonline for followers to cast their votes on their favorite setting.
Winner will be chosen on the most number of likes their image receives.
Competition is only valid in Kuwait.
The winner will be announced on Sunday 29th of June 2014.
Tropical Moonlight May 12 2014, 0 Comments
We are always inspired by palms. Last year our Palm print was a take on the palm leaf. This year, since we went to the tropics, we had to add the coconut palm as part of our prints. The Moon Palm print is an ode to long balmy nights under a tropical moonlight listening to Latin beats sipping on a fruity drink. As a symbol of a tropical island paradise, we had to use the coconut palm in our latest “Take me to the Tropics” collection
(Images courtesy of ecru and Pintrest)
Zesty Lime March 26 2014, 0 Comments
Zesty and aromatic, lime adds the best tang to any meal or drink. Lime green adds the same kick in a print as an actual lime does in food. One of the brighter shades of green, we enjoy using the color to add a little liveliness to a print. And since our Summer 2014 collection is all about the tropics, we couldn’t help adding some lime to it.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest, Simply Delicious, and ecru)
Catch The Toucan March 20 2014, 0 Comments
The exotic toucan has us mesmerized with his bright and majestic beak. We had to add a toucan print to our ecru's latest summer collection. This beautiful bird inhabits the tropical forests of Central America and South America. So here's a look at our toucan print, and our inspiration behind it.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest, Goolge Images, and ecru)
Juicy Orange March 10 2014, 0 Comments
Nothing beats the fresh tang of fresh orange juice. The best thing about an orange is you can eat it and juice it all year long. As for the color orange, it's bright and happy. For ecru's latest Little One's collection, we have used orange to cheer up your child's room. As Frank Sinatra stated, "orange is the happiest color".
(Images courtesy of ecru, The Year in Food, and Pintrest)
Birds Of A Feather February 24 2014, 0 Comments
A parrot’s bright colored feathers are beautiful. We imagine their wings spread out, flying in a tropical forrest with all the other exotic animals. Since we are in love with all things tropical, we’ve created a print inspired by the parrot’s beautiful wings for our Spring-Summer collection.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest and Google Images)
Bananas for Bananas! February 17 2014, 0 Comments
You rarely meet someone who doesn't like a banana. They are one of these fruits that everyone loves, and especially if they are in a sweet treat. We've been working on several banana prints for spring and couldn't help craving this delicious Roasted Banana, Chocolate, and Coconut bread.
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/2 cup canned coconut milk (may swap butter milk or greek yogurt)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (or swap canola oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (use more or less to your liking)
1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes (optional)
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Peel the bananas and lay them flat on the baking sheet. Drizzle each banana with a drizzle of honey and then sprinkle with cinnamon. Roast them for 20-25 minutes or until the tops of the bananas are very golden brown and caramelized. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, mash the bananas and set aside. Reduce the oven temp to 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9x5 loaf pan thoroughly with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, combine the white whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour), all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt, whisking thoroughly. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and brown sugar until smooth. Add in coconut milk and canola oil, whisking until combined. Stir in mashed bananas and vanilla until mixed. Slowly stir in dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the chopped chocolate and toasted coconut. Pour batter into the greased loaf pan and sprinkle with the remaining unsweetened coconut flakes.
Place loaf pan on a baking sheet and set in the oven. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until center is set. If the top begins to brown (mine did after about 45 minutes), tent the bread with aluminum foil.
Remove and let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting. Bread will keep (covered) for 3-5 days.
(Image and recipe of Banana Loaf courtesy of Half Baked Harvest)
Take Me to the Sea January 29 2014, 0 Comments
The Kuwaiti boom or Dhow has a certain majesty to it. Since the 17th century the Dhow has been used for pearl diving, transportation of fresh water, trade, and travel. As it connected Kuwait to India for many years of trade, it has a special significance to us. We've recreated the Dhow into one of our prints because we love how magnificent it looks at sea.
Sophia 203 Dhow pouch available in our boutique at AlOthman.
(Dhow photograph courtesy of Google Images)
Shakshooka and ecru January 13 2014, 0 Comments
Last Thursday night we were happy to collaborate with Shakshooka market and host them at AlOthman. Shakshooka is a nomadic farmers market in Kuwait that moves to a different location every Thursday. Food enthusiasts from around the country sell products that include organic produce, artisanal baked goods, salsas and dips, caramels, and a variety of healthy products to fit anyone's diet.
Since we have a huge appreciation for fresh and delicious food at ecru, we felt a collaboration with Shakshooka would a be a suitable fit. We can’t wait for what this Pop-Up market has to offer the rest of the year.
(Images courtesy of ecru)
Block Print Influence December 09 2013, 0 Comments
Nur gave a speech during Nuqat’s 2012 conference and a small workshop on block printing, which led Anwar to create a print that she used in products produced by Sadu House and sold at this year’s Nuqat’s Culture Shock Confrence. It is a delight to see a young artist use an ancient technique in her work, and we love working with artisans in creating block printed products. The full article on Anwar’s experience in Nur’s Nuqat workshop can be found here.
(Images courtesy of ecru and Khaleejesque)
Fruitful Blessings December 02 2013, 0 Comments
What's not to love about a pomegranate? It's full of surprises when you open it up. It could be perfectly sour or delectably sweet. The texture that you feel while eating it is pretty amazing too.
Since its prime time for pomegranates, as it is the season, we've been inspired not only by the fruit itself but by the tree as well. Here's a little peek of our latest Pomegranate print in the making.
(Images courtesy of Google Images and ecru)
Four Seasons With Journey Kitchen November 25 2013, 0 Comments
ecru recently got the chance to work with Kulsum Kunwa, the very talented photographer and cook of one of our favorite local food blogs Journey Kitchen. We just love how her images have a cozy feel to them, and how her food always looks delicious.
Kulsum shot our front page images by taking inspiration from the four seasons and the produce that comes with each season. See the full photoshoot on our frontpage.
Images courtesy of Kulsum Kunwa for ecru
Everything's Rosy November 18 2013, 0 Comments
With this grey weather you need a little bit of color to cheer you up. It does not have to be too bold or bright, but something subtle and soft. Rose pink is a shade that perks you up without being overwhelming. We have created some products in rose to add a little comfort to your home.
Rose Crab Head Jali Table Cover 170x250cm sold at 42KD and 170x350cm sold at 52KD.
Images courtesy of Pintrest, Vogue, and ecru
Beautiful Moments October 22 2013, 0 Comments
Here at ecru we love to share beautiful moments with you, so we created a series of videos to set you in a festive mood.
We hope you love it, just as much as we love creating it.
Succulent Octopus September 23 2013, 0 Comments
People either love or hate the taste of octopus. However, when it is cooked right, octopus is very delicious. Since we are holding onto the last days of summer, we can’t help but think about having a fresh Octopus Salad. Enjoy this fresh and simple recipe from Puglia.
2 pound frozen octopus, thawed and rinsed
1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 celery rib, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
1 carrot, halved lengthwise and very thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Cut off and discard head of octopus, then cut tentacles into 1-inch pieces. Generously cover octopus with water in a heavy medium pot and gently simmer, uncovered, until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Drain octopus in a colander and cool to room temperature, then transfer to a bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and additional sea salt to taste.
Let stand 30 minutes for flavors to develop.
(Recipe and Image of Salad Courtesy of Epicurious)
A Little Copacabana September 09 2013, 0 Comments
Pineapples are playful and fun. They constantly remind us of Carmen Miranda’s fruity headdress, which is always a good thing.
As much as we love to eat this sweet and fragrant fruit, we love to use it in our products. Used in the design of a bowl or printed fabric, pineapples add the right amount of tropical feeling to a space. And there’s nothing wrong with making your home feel like the Copacabana.
Tablecloth sold at 42KD, Cocktail Napkins Sold as a Set of 4 at 32KD, and Sophia 203 for ecru Pouch sold at 30KD.
(Images courtesy of Tales of Endearment, Pintrest, Amy Stone, and ecru)
Royal Blue August 05 2013, 0 Comments
There is nothing like a rich color to make a space look chic. Royal blue is one of those colors. It’s that deep shade of blue that engulfs you like the waves in Hokusai’s prints.
The name of the color is rumored to have been invented by a miller in Somerset, England who won a dress making competition for the British Queen in the early 1800s. We love to use royal blue here at ecru, and we cannot wait to introduce you to different prints in this color for the upcoming fall and winter season.
Crab Floor Cushion sold at 40KD and Sophia 203 for ecru Small Lovebird Pouch sold at 30KD.
(Images courtesty of Hokusai, Vogue Portugal, and ecru)
"The Octopus's Secret Wish" July 17 2013, 0 Comments
There is something quite magical about an octopus, almost otherworldly. With its fantastic tentacles moving swiftly in the deepest ends of the ocean. This mysterious creature is fascinating to us, and at ecru most of the inspiration came from the prints of octopuses in vintage storybooks and encyclopedias. It is the mystical essence of the octopus that we wanted to recreate in our fabric.
Octopus Table Cloth 170x250cm sold at 42 KD and 170x350cm sold at 52KD, and Anantaya for ecru Suri Platters sold at 32KD.
(Images courtesy of Img Fave, Pintrest, Vintage Printable, and ecru)
Calm Sea-Foam July 08 2013, 0 Comments
Bright colors are invigorating and fun, but at times a subtle soft hue is needed to add a sense of calmness to a space. One of these pale colors is sea-foam green, which is a wonderful shade we love to work with at ecru. Since we are captivated by the sea, we want to recreate tints that reflect the many colors of the sea.
Sea-foam has been used in our first collection and ecru will be developing similar pigments for our future collections to add a little tranquility to your home.
Lovebird Pareo sold at 20KD, Sophia 203 for ecru Chevron Teenie Pouch sold at 18KD and Chevron Teenie Tiny Pouch sold at 15KD.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest, Vogue, and ecru)
Getting to Know an Artichoke, Leaf by Leaf July 01 2013, 0 Comments
Eating an artichoke is enticing, especially when you peel the leaves one by one and dip them into a tangy lemon vinaigrette. There are other ways to eat an artichoke, and since summer is all about grilling why not try it charred to give your meal a little more bite. Here’s a healthy Grilled Lemons, Baby Artichokes, and Eggplant recipe to add to your next barbecue.
6 to 8 servings
12 baby artichokes, stems trimmed, dark outer leaves removed
12 Japanese eggplants, halved lengthwise, or 2 medium-size eggplants cut crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds
4 lemons, halved
Olive oil (for brushing)
Cook baby artichokes in large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender when bottom is pierced with sharp knife, about 8 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool. Cut artichokes in half through stem; pat dry.
Prepare Barbecue (medium heat). Brush cooked artichokes, Japanese eggplant, and cut side of lemons with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill vegetables until tender and slightly charred, about 2 minutes per side. Grill lemons, cut side down, until charred, about 2 minutes. Transfer vegetables to platter. Garnish with grilled lemons for squeezing over.
(Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit, images courtesy of Mutlaq Adel Al Juraid for ecru andBon Appetit)
Enchanting Jaipur June 25 2013, 0 Comments
After the hustle and bustle of Bombay we hopped on the train to enchanting Jaipur. Once there, we met with all the talented artisans we work with to discuss the production of new exciting ecru products for your home. Bright colors of thread were chosen for our embroidered crib charms at Sophia 203, cotton was dyed in unique colors to be woven into our dhurries, and bright paint was mixed to create unique combinations for our hand block printed fabric.
We can’t wait to show you what’s up our sleeves, but until then, here’s a little sneak peek of what went on in Jaipur.
Mix A Little, Match A Little May 27 2013, 0 Comments
Prints are everywhere this summer. We've witnessed the beginnings of a fashionably bright summer with prints that either subtly match or boldly clash.
As you know, we are all about prints at ecru. Which is why we had a blast spending the afternoon playing with our prints while creating different table scenarios.
We went all out!
We began with delicate table settings, mixing our Artichoke table cloth's subdued green with it's matching silver table matts. Also lifting the green by mixing in our Crabhead print table matts and so on.
The possibilities for a fresh and subdued table setting were endless.
As the sun was about to set we picked up the mood and started to put together crazy compilations of our bright turquoise Crab Head Jalli table cloth coupled with our beet pink Octopus table matts and bright lemon Stork print napkins.
Hope you have as much fun experimenting as we did!
(Images courtesy of Mutlaq Adel Al Juraid for ecru)