ISSUE 16  |  Going Green

7 Favorites: Fair-Trade Bedcovers

April 24, 2014 11:00 AM

BY Meredith Swinehart

We stand by the concept of fair-trade goods, but the products often leave something to be desired design-wise. Here’s a trove of fair-trade bed covers that retain the spirit of the place in which they were made, but also look at home just about anywhere. 

Above: New York designers Roman & Williams use a Temoayan bedcover in their own Montauk house; Laura Aviva sources her handknotted Temoayan Blankets from Temoaya, a town in the state of Mexico. The blankets are “woven on wooden looms using virgin undyed cotton and represent a fusion of ancient Persian carpet making techniques and modern Mexican design.” A twin/full size is $285 and a queen/king size is $345.

Above: L’Aviva Home’s Indigo Bedcovers are made in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and are hand stitched and dyed; $345 for a 75-by-90-inch bedcover.

Above: The Border Bedspread from Alicia Adams Alpaca of Hudson, New York, is made from the wool of alpacas raised in Hudson, then fabricated by artisans in Peru; $895 for the queen size.

Above: The Kilim Noir Bedspread is hand-printed and hand-sewn in India; $149.99 for king size at Saffron Marigold. 

Above: The yarn of this cotton Zapotec Bedspread is dyed with natural pigments and woven by hand on a traditional whip loom in Mexico; it’s on sale for $134.99 for the king size at Novica, a partner of National Geographic. 


Above: The Calm Waters Bedcover is handmade by artisans in India; $370 for the queen size at Ten Thousand Villages. 

Above: This striped Alpaca Throw Blanket is made by the Shupaca cooperative in Ecuador. It’s shown here in a stripe called Fireworks and is available in several other colors and patterns; $99.95 for the small size at Greenheart Shop. 

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