getting excited about the end of lockdown now...
we thought that some colour to freshen things up might be in order and selecting this fresh pale green from the colour chart, i remembered that we had some paint a similar shade in the storeroom. and as I got thinking, I realised that when I first visited india in 1984 at the age of 20, almost every building was painted a variation of this shade....india has been such an influence on my life and on the evolution of planet... there are little reminders everywhere.
this silk and wool hand knotted carpet was sold to a lovely client this week... and somehow it was quite poignant.... this was the very first carpet that I purchased from our carpet maker vinay in india. oddly we had had it for quite a while, and shockingly, vinay had died from covid in april this year... a young healthy man with children, who would visit me in sydney once or twice a year, and we would stay at year other's homes..cooking dahl and talking about indian culture.... so over the years we got to know each other quite well. he taught me a lot about making carpets and I saw them in production in india and he helped me in many ways to design pieces that were more successful. i took it as sweet message, that somehow he was still watching over planet and looking after us. vinay will be missed.
so we are taking this opportunity to stocking up in readiness for the coming summer season... its a great chance to keep makers busy, motivated and creative......and for us to fill up the website and showroom. i want the space to be positive, colourful and fresh and full for you all. we have loads of new pieces across all of our collections.
cushions and quilts are arriving from our sewer, made by planet from textiles collected from around the globe: vintage japanese kimono silks and cottons, indian handlooms, hand embroidered silks, blockprints etc are filling up our showroom.
its been satisfying re-organising the showroom to flow from one collection of colours to another; and there is still a huge amount of stock to arrive before we re-open.
the website is packed and we are here to help you every day with phone calls, face-time consultations, emails, packing up your deliveries and for click and collect. (except some weeks when we are out on fridays delivering furniture).
we wish you all well in this time that is difficult for so many of us, and hope that this quieter time can even be renewing for some.
kind wish from all of us at planet