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Shopper’s Diary: Anta in Edinburgh

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Shopper’s Diary: Anta in Edinburgh

January 23, 2019

On a 48-hour side trip to Edinburgh, Francesca discovered Anta, a purveyor of fabrics by the yard, pillows, rugs, throws, and pottery. Founded in the 1980s by designer Annie Lachlan and architect Stewart Lachlan, Anta brings a refreshingly modern approach to Scottish design. The couple now has three shops in Edinburgh and an outlet shop at Fearn, near Ballone Castle, which they bought in 1990 and restored from a ruin. Additionally, they offer Stewart Lachlan–designed furniture pieces and architectural services. In London, you can visit Anta at 55 Sloane Square. We like their charming approach to Scottish design—proving that tartan belongs on just about anything.

N.B.: Anta fabrics can be seen at the Highlands Gastropub in New York. For ordering information, go to Anta.

Shoppers Diary Anta in Edinburgh Anta&#8\2\17;s carpet rugs are made and woven in Scotland of \100% British wool. Shown is the Rum pattern; £\1,\150.
Above: Anta’s carpet rugs are made and woven in Scotland of 100% British wool. Shown is the Rum pattern; £1,150.
Shoppers Diary Anta in Edinburgh One of several tartan options is the Yvonne Mackay rug; £\1,\150.
Above: One of several tartan options is the Yvonne Mackay rug; £1,150.
Shoppers Diary Anta in Edinburgh The Inverness rug has an understated pattern; £\1,\150.
Above: The Inverness rug has an understated pattern; £1,150.
Shoppers Diary Anta in Edinburgh The Anderson X Large Tile is hand painted; £90.
Above: The Anderson X Large Tile is hand-painted; £90.
Shoppers Diary Anta in Edinburgh Anta&#8\2\17;s Cream Thistle X Large Tile; £90.
Above: Anta’s Cream Thistle X Large Tile; £90.
Shoppers Diary Anta in Edinburgh The fringe trimmed Herron cushion is£75.
Above: The fringe-trimmed Herron cushion is£75.
Shoppers Diary Anta in Edinburgh The Caithness cushion offers a subtle take on tartan; £75.
Above: The Caithness cushion offers a subtle take on tartan; £75.
Shoppers Diary Anta in Edinburgh Tartan even makes its way onto stoneware like this Isobel Anderson milk jug; £36 for the small size.
Above: Tartan even makes its way onto stoneware like this Isobel Anderson milk jug; £36 for the small size.

This post is an update; the original story ran on February 19, 2010.

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