South East Asia has a rich heritage and it's this heritage that has clearly inspired Thibault's gorgeous new collection of wallpapers and fabrics, aptly named, 'Trade Routes'. The range contains wallpapers and printed and embroidered fabrics with "patterns inspired by handcrafted and primitive techniques from faraway places."
During my years living in SE Asia, I visited the small city of Kuching which is in the lower half of Borneo in Sarawak. In this relatively old town I discovered a small antique shop tucked away down a dusty side street. On closer inspection the shop was jam packed with antiquities, so armed with my trusty baby wipes I set about to unearth some treasures. Among these was an old wood block that had intricate flowers and leaves carved into it, the blocks were originally used for printing designs onto fabric very similar to Thibaut's 'Cochin' design in navy and red. Of course the Ikat stripe in Thibaut's new range is also reflective of traditional Malay patterns. The colours in the range are rich, with use of navy and reds or pops of brighter orange and pink combinations. A deep shade of navy and white or navy and flax are among the range and are my personal favourites.
Bonaire in navy and white. This design is actually made up of small dots, you can see a close up on their website
Curtains, Danube Ikat in charcoal
Wallpaper - Majuli Trellis in Green - Fabric on chair, Goa in green
Beautifully embroidered Majuli, navy on flax seen in the central cushion
Cochin, navy and red
wallpaper, Goa in sunbaked which comes in other colourways including a gorgeous green and also blue (see website for more colours)
It is hard to choose which design I prefer, but have a penchant for navy and white, especially 'Chochin', navy and the textured 'Majuli' embroidery in navy on flax. To view the entire range and colour ways, visit www.thibautdesign.com. In Auckland Diva International are stockists of Thibaut Designs.