Just last week I was oooing and ahhhing over a sublime selection of Indian quilts and coverlets at Toronto’s wonderful Haveli Home (2871 Dundas West, 416.645.0337). Then, in the brand new issue of Canadian House & Home (September 2012), there’s an item featuring Indian kantha quilts at West Elm (photo below by Angus Fergusson) with patterns remarkably similar to Haveli’s. Naturally I was keen to investigate.
My trip to West Elm was hugely disappointing. Their so-called quilts are thin little throws, approximately the size of a single bed priced at $99 each. The colour selection, too, was a drag with washed-out, muted tones (below), not vibrant at all like the ones in H&H or at Haveli Home.
The quilts at Haveli are mostly queen size, coverlet weight, some in a single pattern with reversible contrasting colour/pattern (below), others in patchwork of myriad colours and patterns. These genuine quilts are priced from $199 with 30 per cent off until the end of this week.
Yes, there’s a whiff of Morningstar about Haveli Home but make no mistake, proprietor David Anderson spent more than a decade in India and he knows his South Asian and Asia Minor fabrics (he even consults with Toronto’s Textile Museum of Canada).
Haveli Home is a tremendous resource for anyone wishing to punch up their decor with some global/ethnic influence, which is still so much the rage. In addition to Haveli’s quilts and hangings (wonderful Suzanis, btw), the shop is an unrivalled pillow emporium with excellent prices (around $30). And as you can see below, they do neutral as well as vivid colour.
My dilemma is whether to buy now or wait until December when I’m in India. My long weekend project is to paint and re-do my bedroom (can’t wait to post it) and I definitely need a coverlet to pull the scheme together. What to do, what to do?