Over the next few months, I will be sharing my passion for the Natural Home, where interior design is approached holistically for optimum well-being, and products are chosen responsibly. This series will feature Q/A with experts, profile vendors we believe in, and of course, provide artful inspiration. Enjoy and stay safe!
A renowned design firm in L.A. recently told me that clients on the West coast are hiring environmental consultants to work closely with the interior designer and architect because they want their homes to be natural, responsible spaces. What does this mean? Why is it important? How are natural fibers better?
Sourced from nature, historically
Natural fibers come from plants (cotton, hemp, flax, jute etc) or animals (wool, alpaca, silk, etc). Since the dawn of civilization, cloth, rope and twine have been made from some of these very sources.
We get our natural fibers from small farms and co-ops, providing sustenance to many farming families.
Better for your health
A friend of mine who has auto-immune disease said since her diagnosis, she has changed her diet, her skincare products, supplements, her wardrobe and even the upholstery in her home. Natural fibers "breathe" and are better for those with sensitive skin.
Our fabrics are all natural fibers using cotton, linen, silk, hemp and jute. At this time, we have one fabric (Sahara) which has a metallic Lurex thread.
Did you know acrylic has been linked to cancer by the , polyester, rayon, nylon, spandex etc are made by a process called polymerization? Polymerization is a process where chemical fibers are joined together to create the fabric. It takes numerous highly toxic chemicals to create these fabrics. These synthetic fabrics are essentially plastic.
Our fabrics only use natural fibers and many can be washed in your daily cycle. The dyes we use are certified OEKO-TEX and azo-free.
End of life
A big topic in textiles is "end of life." Basically, is it biodegradable? How long will the fabric take to decompose? When cut into smaller pieces, cotton takes around 5 months to decompose. Linen a few weeks. What about acrylic? 20-200 years! Click here to see how long various fabrics take.
Our fabrics are 100% biodegradable.
A holistic approach
The Natural Home has a certain vibrational quality that's humming with good chi. That good energy is created from various things - good flow and placement of objects (feng shui), bringing nature indoors to create a feeling of well-being (biophilia), using natural non-toxic materials for furnishings and surfaces. Natural fibers fits this holistic approach of designing a home for well-being.
We pride ourselves on creating beautiful textures with natural fibers and we hope you bring them into your and your client's homes... upholster with them, use them for drapery, entertain with our table linens, snuggle with our pillows. Surround yourself with our textiles and you'll see why we are committed to the natural way of life.