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Bolé Road Textiles: Ethiopian Style, by Way of Brooklyn

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Bolé Road Textiles: Ethiopian Style, by Way of Brooklyn

October 3, 2018

Hana Getachew started Bolé Road Textiles just a few years ago. A trained interior designer who worked for more than a decade at an architecture firm, she struck out on her own when she realized that she could combine her professional strengths as a designer with her own personal history. Hana was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and though her family moved to Montreal, and later to New York City, she always felt an affinity for the colorful style and woven textiles of her birth country. With Bolé Road Textiles (named after the main thoroughfare in Addis Ababa), she’s created home accessories—pillows, throw, rugs, and more—that speak to her past but are firmly rooted in a modern aesthetic, either via fresh color schemes or graphic patterns.

Hana’s line features five collections, each an exploration of a pattern inspired by Ethiopia’s culture and natural beauty. That design is then refined and colored in by Hana before it’s shared with Bolé Road’s partner artisans in Ethiopia, who execute her vision using traditional weaving methods. (Go here to learn more about their techniques.) Her latest is the Omo Valley Collection, which just might be our favorite. Have a look. And be sure to scroll down to the end for a peek at her first bath collection, out October 20th.

Photography by Allyson Lubow, courtesy of Bolé Road Textiles.

The Omo Valley Collection features pillows and rugs in three different colorways—neutrals, pinks, and blues. Shown here is the neutral sable color scheme.
Above: The Omo Valley Collection features pillows and rugs in three different colorways—neutrals, pinks, and blues. Shown here is the neutral sable color scheme.
The cerise colorway, shown here in three sizes. The Omo Valley Collection pillows are priced between $5 and $0. The cerise Bana Rug is currently sold out, but it is still available in sable and azure for $5.
Above: The cerise colorway, shown here in three sizes. The Omo Valley Collection pillows are priced between $185 and $280. The cerise Bana Rug is currently sold out, but it is still available in sable and azure for $155.
The collection in azure. The long lumbar size is a bestseller, says Hana.
Above: The collection in azure. The long lumbar size is a bestseller, says Hana.
Hana styling some pillows for a shoot. New this year on the site, selected Bolé Road textiles, in both regular and upholstery weight, are available for purchase by the yard.
Above: Hana styling some pillows for a shoot. New this year on the site, selected Bolé Road textiles, in both regular and upholstery weight, are available for purchase by the yard.
In a few weeks, Hana will launch her first bath collection, shown here in the neutral palette. The same weekend, her Brooklyn studio will begin having weekend &#8
Above: In a few weeks, Hana will launch her first bath collection, shown here in the neutral palette. The same weekend, her Brooklyn studio will begin having weekend “store hours.” (To visit during the week, contact the studio.)
New bath mats in the same colorways as the Omo Valley Collection.
Above: New bath mats in the same colorways as the Omo Valley Collection.

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