Ongoing Love of Palms May 31 2018, 0 Comments
There is an ongoing love relationship of palms and palm leaves here at ecru. They are always a point of inspiration. A personal favorite product inspired by the topical palm is the latest embroidered Palm Place Mat.
(Images courtesy of 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!
Kubo Ayako August 01 2017, 0 Comments
I recently stumbled on the beautiful illustrations of the Japanese artist Kubo Ayako. Her work is bold and whimsical at the same time. I particularly love her illustrations of food. For more of her work, visit her website. It's definitely worth spending the afternoon looking at her gallery.
(Images courtesy of Kubo Ayako)
Nimbu August 31 2016, 0 Comments
The first thing I do when I set foot in Jaipur, I have a refreshing Nimbu Pani. An Indian version of lemonade. Just some water, lemon juice, and sugar. Yum! This season ecru created an ode to the beloved lemon in an oversized Nimbu print. Here's a peek into our latest Table Linens series in the Nimbu Print arriving online and instore soon.
(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)
A Taste From The Tropics June 16 2014, 0 Comments
Nothing tastes more tropical than coconut and pineapple. In this sweltering heat, I just want to cool down with something freezing and delicious. I cannot wait to try this Pineapple Flurry and Coconut Chia Pudding to help me escape the heat.
18 ounces of fresh pineapple juice
1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of plain strained yogurt (or substitute with almond milk or coconut water)
1/3 cup of chia seeds
honey to taste, about 2 tablespoons (or other sweetener)
Pour pineapple juice into a shallow pan. Freeze for about one hour. Scrape ice crystals forming on the edges of the pan to the center. Repeat every hour until icy and flaky, about 4/5 hours.
Stir yogurt, coconut milk and honey in a bowl to combine. Add chia seeds. Let sit at room temperature for at least 3 hours.
To assemble, place chia seed pudding at the bottom of a cup and add pineapple flurries to the top.
(Image and Recipe courtesy of Honestly Yum)
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)
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)
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)
Explosive Pomegranate August 26 2013, 0 Comments
Summer is still in full force, but fall produce is slowly approaching us. Pomegranate is one of those fruits that is usually introduced towards the end of summer to pave the way for the rest of fall and winter's fruits. Here’s a light Pasta with Spinach and Pomegranate that is filled with both texture and taste. Just as the fall produce is coming our way in the markets, we’d like to introduce you to ecru's new pomegranate print for the upcoming fall and winter collection.
8 ounces (227 grams) Gluten Free Brown Rice Spaghetti, cooked and drained (or any pasta you like)
1 cup (120 g) diced Red Onion
1 Garlic Clove, diced
6 ounces (170 grams) Baby Spinach
4 ounces (115 grams) fresh Pomegranate Seeds (Arils)
Roasted Slivered Almonds
Crumbled Feta, Blue Cheese, or slivered Parmesan Cheese (your choice)
Cook pasta, toss with some olive oil and set aside. Add a splash of olive oil to a large saucepan. Heat the garlic and onion over medium heat until lightly browned and the onions translucent. Stir often. Season with garlic salt, smoked paprika and black pepper. Add baby spinach ~ one handful at a time. Let each handful wilt a bit before adding the next. Once all of the spinach is wilted toss with pasta, pomegranate seeds and some fresh thyme. Season to taste with more garlic salt, smoked paprika and black pepper if needed. Top with slivered almonds and or cheese.
(Recipe and Image of Pasta courtesy of Family Fresh Cooking)
"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)
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)
Arabesque Mysticism May 20 2013, 0 Comments
Moroccan architecture always mystifies with it’s intricate geometric shapes. Whether it’s the detailed floor tiling that was set by hand, or the amazing patterns created by the repetition of shapes in the building.
Other moving arabesque structures are the beautiful Jalis in Indian palaces. They also have a certain allure, and that comes from the meticulous work that has gone into them.
Traditional arabesque architecture and the craftsmanship that has gone into these magnificent structures has influenced us at ecru. This has led to the production of the Geo Flow Print table mat and napkin, so your mind kind wander to Morocco and dream of Mughal India.
(Images courtesy of Wikipedia, Pintrest, & ecru)
Palm Trees, Ocean Breeze May 06 2013, 0 Comments
Growing up in the Middle East, especially in Kuwait, you cannot but help feeling a certain connection to palm trees. They evoke a sense of hospitality, rest, and abundance.
When summer comes along you eagerly await the date season when you can eat them ripe off of the tree. It’s not only the date palm that has a special place in our heart, but also the coconut palm that awakens our desire to escape to a secluded beach.
ecru created the palm print to bring you a welcoming sense of serenity. So why not enjoy some fresh dates and coconut water this summer while relaxing on our palm cushions.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest, Ruby Lane, & ecru)
ecru's Pop Up Launch April 16 2013, 0 Comments
Please join us at the launch of ecru. We hope you love it, just as much as we love creating it.
Take Me Away March 27 2013, 0 Comments
It’s that time of year again, when you start fantasizing about which beach destination will be the location of your great escape for the summer. It’s quite easy these days to plan a vacation on the internet, as the whole world is at our fingertips. Yet I dream of a time when I could walk into the travel agent’s office, and my vacation would be solely inspired by the bright graphic travel posters hung on the walls.
What makes these vintage posters so special, is that they evoke the feeling and sensation of a particular place. Looking at these images makes me want to pack my ecru pareo sarong and jet away to an exotic tropical destination.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest)
Quentin Blake's World of Whimsy March 20 2013, 0 Comments
Nostalgia for our childhood can be triggered by anything. Here at ecru Quentin Blake’s illustrations immediately take us back to ours, especially the pictures that accompanied Roald Dahl’s marvelous stories. The cheerful quality that his drawings have is what makes his illustrations so uplifting. Blake’s whimsical drawings are an inspiration for our ‘Little Ones’ collection. We wanted to make sure our children’s line brings enough magic into your child’s world as Quentin did into ours.
(Images courtesy of Quentin Blake)
Dressing Up A Room March 06 2013, 0 Comments
Decorating a space is similar to dressing up. You either start from an individual piece and work around it, or choose a color palette and decorate according to the colors you have in mind.
We are constantly fed images of extremely stylish people doing regular, or extra-regular, activities. Photographers behind street style blogs are a major part of ecru’s mood boards. The way people dress today is eclectic and stimulating. You either see someone clashing prints or going monochrome from head to toe. It's the same way with decorating, you either you clash pieces and fabrics or choose to stick to a certain color scheme.
(Images courtesy of Garance Dore, The Sartorialist, Jak & Jil, and All The Pretty Birds)
A Collaboration Made In Heaven February 18 2013, 0 Comments
Collaborations are exciting! Especially when you are combining forces with someone so colorful and bright.
ecru has joined forces with the talented Sophia Edstrand of the whimsical Sophia 203 to create an array of products that will add a little bit of fantasy into your life. Sophia 203's line of accessories involves an exquisite embroidery technique that was traditionally used to adorn miniature Hindu God figurines. Today Sophia uses this intricate handicraft to create contemporary accessories.
It is quite thrilling to embroider ecru's unique prints in such a beautiful way, and we can't wait to share this collaboration with you.
(Images courtesy of Sophia 203 and ecru)
Magic February 13 2013, 0 Comments
The day always begins bright in Jaipur.
Living with two fabulous girls, the three of us in design, means that without fail, the door bell frantically rings at 8.00am.
There are two painters who are back for the 100th time to repaint your house.
The tailor, who is soon becoming a fellow housemate arrives, tangled in swatches of fabrics for your approval.
A random 90 year old gardener discreetly floats by you in his white 'lungie' to save your attempt at a jungle terrace.
All the while coffee is overflowing in the kitchen, fresh fruits are being chopped and plans for the day are bouncing off of each person that passes by.
Your breakfast meeting then simmers and your working day begins.
You skip pass wild bougainvillea outside the house, waving at your smiling neighbors, inhaling the absolute exotic bliss that is your life.
Right before you crash. Hard. Into reality.
There's been some major confusion. The design which you handed to the block printer more than a month ago seems to have been used as a coaster for a paint bucket, as a result is no where near being made. The fabric you imagined your entire line of bed linens to be made in hasn't arrived from Calcutta, and will probably never arrive. Your order sheets have been misplaced - which technically means you don't exist.
Ah yes, the familiar roller coaster of emotions begin.
But that is what we love about Jaipur. One can be sure that a day does not pass uneventful. No emotions are spared. All senses are undoubtedly exasperated. Your breath is constantly cut short by a lingering date that floats in your mind - you know you're never going to make it - 1000 meters of fabric can not be printed in thirty days - there really is no point, you may as well quit while you're ahead. Quit now.
And then you enter the workshop. The artisans are jolly, they laugh at your impossible orders, they tease you with the potentiality of failure, they reassure you that it will all work out in the end. And you know it will. Then, with the precision of surgeons they begin. Chisiling at their blocks, creating colors from dust, stretching fabric so it's tightly crisp and printing in perfect rhythm. Everything makes sense.
The artisans are magic.
Seashells By The Seashore February 04 2013, 0 Comments
As a child, one of the favorite past times on the beach is collecting seashells. The thrill of finding unique shapes, different colors, and finally showing off your bucket full of treasures to your family.
We are all attracted to the mysteries of the ocean. It's salty scents and calming sounds, which is why we have taken the ocean, in all her glory, as inspiration for our launching collection. We plan on rekindling your childhood memories of outings by the sea.
'The sea, once it casts its spell holds one in its net of wonder forever' Jacques Cousteau.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest, 1001 Treasures, Glamour Magazine, The Graphics Fairy, and ecru)