Textile lovers listen up! There is a new player on the market and I am very happy to introduce you to ‘The Rich & Strange’. The new webshop is launching today but the owner, Natalie Pfau, is not unknown to me. More than a year ago I had the first email contact to Natalie when I ordered a fantastic vintage indigo throw from West Africa through her aunt’s webshop and today Natalie has turned her love for textiles and cultures into her own webshop named ‘The Rich & Strange’.
Born and raised to a German-Colombian family of professors and artists, Natalie has traveled all her life. This passion combined with her love for textiles and foreign cultures has led to the founding of ‘The Rich & Strange’, a webshop packed with one-of-a-kind throw pillows, textiles, jewelry, and limited edition artisan made clothing. Some of you might know that I have a soft spot for one-of-a-kind textiles. Any kind of vintage throws, mudcloths from West Africa, kilim rugs and cushions, indigo textiles – I am totally in love with those kind of pieces. Especially sind all of them tell a story.
Today I am happy to not only introduce you to ‘The Rich & Strange’ but also to offer a giveaway to you in collaboration with Natalie: We are giving away one Cosmos Pillow made from a vintage corte (women’s skirt material) sourced in Colotenango in Guatemala. It is part of the shop’s first collection aptly named ‘What’s Past is Prologue’ which is inspired by the weaves of Guatemala and Mexico. The selected pieces come in striking colour combinations with modern geometry of Mayan and Aztec designs.
So what is the story of the Cosmos Pillow that you can win? It is made of hand woven material from the Colotenango region in Guatemala with brocaded designs symbolizing the ancient Mayan concepts of the cosmos, the four cardinal points, space and energy. The material usually made for clothing is transformed into a throw cushion and sewn in the United States and comes with an inlet. So how about having a piece of Guatemala and Mayan tradition on your sofa or bed?
If you want to join the giveaway, here are the rules:
- Go to the webshop ‘The Rich & Strange’ and tell me in the comments which is your favorite pillow pattern. If you want to double your chances, sign up to the webshop’s newsletter (the subscription button is in the footer of the website).
- Get an extra chance by joining the giveaway on Instagram too (Instagram giveaway rules will be posted there).
- The giveaway is open worldwide and will run until June 24th, 2016, midnight CET. One winner will be chosen randomly.
Product photography by Lillie Elliot / Travel photography by Natalie Pfau
Besides the Cosmos pillow, I love the High Tide and Nahual patterns!
I love the Marisol and Nahual patterns.
Igor, what a beautiful post. So exciting to see all the photos and the story together like this on your blog. Thank you so much!
I love the La Reina design
I love the Paloma cushion. It’s the size I would love on my couch and a great accent to our room. 🙂
The Luz Pillow is my favorite pattern — would go great with my bedspread! Signed up for the newsletter too.
I love the story behind the cosmos pillow. And my honey is a history and space geek so he will love it too. I went to their website and I love their selection of pillows… My favorite might be the Cotzal pillow… But its REALLY hard to pick a favorite.
I love the high tides Pillow most because of its lovely washed out blue
Love them all, Specially Marisol pattern! It brings me here to say some thing. Thanks
A great shop! Subscribed for newsletter.
I loved the vibrant colors and design of the ‘Nahual Pillow’.
What a lovely shop and beautiful story behind it!
I’d totally go for the Cosmos and Marisol Pillows ❤️ Just adorable!
Thanks for the give away!!
I love the high tide pillows!!
Thank you! 🙂
I really like the “High Tides” pattern!
Thank you so much, for this giveaway.
Wonderful patterns! The Marisol is catching my eye and I do love the Gitana. Thank you!!
What a lovely shop! I would go for Luz and Cosmos pillow patterns! Thanks for this giveaway 🙂
I love the Rosario pillow! It looks absolutely amazing 🙂
My favorite pillow pattern is the Rosario Pillow. I love the vibrant colors!
My favorite is the High Tides pillow. Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway.
High tides pillow is most preferable to me its so lovely and color is so excellent.
I love them all, but I think my favorite pillow pattern is Luz!
Wonderful colors – my favorite patterns are Cosmos and Rosario. Thank you for this beautiful givaway!
My favorite is the Rosario pillow
I love the La Reina Pillow
signed up for newsletter
Absolutely beautiful pillows. I like the La Reina.
i love the cosmos pillow. but all the pillows are great.
Cosmos and La Reina pillow. Can#t decide wich Iove most
This giveaway has closed now and one lucky winner was chosen randomly and informed via email. Thank you all for joining in and I promise to have more nice and inspiring giveaways in the future. So do come back!
definitiv das high tide pillow! doch alle Kissen stillen irgendwie das Fernweh, wenn ich mir diese zuhause auf dem Sofa vorstelle 🙂 toller Blog!
Danke Dir Corina!!
Love the blog! And this article…everything is so beautiful. Loved the pictures and the story behind the textiles. Natalie has certainly chosen a great way to live her life and show her passions, and we all thank her for that. PS: The Guatemala pictures are awesome.