The Wicklewood Blog

Welcome to our home. Come inside and discover the people, places and things that inspire us each day. From interviews with our ‘House Guests’, to daily doses of ‘Design Inspiration’ and some 'Nomad Living' inspo from our travels, exploring the world and the colours within it. We hope you enjoy!
  • 13 May 2019
  • NOMAD LIVING

The People Behind the Pieces

The People Behind the Pieces

Craftsmanship is in Wicklewood’s DNA - we scour the world for specialist artisans working with traditional techniques that have been passed down over centuries. Supporting the makers who keep them alive is vital - the process is integral to the pieces. Discover the hands all over the world turning our vision into reality... 
An image of a woman using a back strap loom to weave brightly coloured fabrics in Guatemala
A Guatemalan women on a handheld loom weaving a jaspe fabric.

Guatemala: Handwoven Jaspe Fabric

All our weaves and ikat designs are handwoven by a women’s cooperative in Guatemala. These women use a backstrap loom - a technique rooted in ancient civilisation whereby the weaver uses bodyweight to adjust the tension of the loom - or handheld looms, dating from the 13th century.

SHOP OUR JASPE CUSHIONS & HANDWOVEN PLACEMATS

Artisans hand block printing Wicklewood's quilts and tablecloths
An artisan hand block-printed with our designs on to cotton for our quilts and tablecloths

India: Hand Block Printing

Woodblock printing is an ancient technique for printing patterns onto textiles which is used widely throughout the world, originating in East Asia. Block-printed fabrics are made by hand carving a design into wood or lino blocks, covering them with dye or ink and transferring the design onto fabric. The end result is a beautiful artisanal textile which is entirely unique due to the hand-crafted nature of the print.

SHOP OUR HAND BLOCK-PRINTED QUILTS AND TABLECLOTHS

Wicklewood's Osborne rug being made by our artisan partners in India
Wicklewood's flat weave Osborne rug being made by our artisan partners in India

India: Weaving

Hand loomed by our team in India, and designed to create the same pattern front and back, flatweave rugs have no pile, or visible knots. Our skilled rug weavers carefully intertwine the yarns, leaving no trace of yarn ends. Time and labour intensive, every flatweave rug is entirely unique.

SHOP OUR FLATWEAVE RUGS

A Photo of an artisan making inlay trays and boxes
An artisan hand making an inlay box with bone and wood

India: Bone Inlay 

Our bone inlay boxes and trays are handmade in India, using an intricate technique that has been passed down through generations of artisans. Our inlay patterns are created by inserting pieces of wood and bone into a wooden base and varnishing to create intricate designs.

SHOP OUR BONE & WOOD  INLAY TRAYS AND BOXES

Wicklewood's blue and white hand made and hand painted ceramic vases and bowls from South Africa
Our hand thrown ceramic vases and bowls being hand painted

South Africa: Hand Thrown Ceramics

Our founder, Caroline, fell in love with our unique blue and white pottery on her honeymoon in South Africa - the ceramics have been part of Wicklewood from the beginning. The bowls and vases are hand thrown and hand glazed, making every piece one-of-kind. 

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Mirrors from our The Sunshine Mirror Collection being hand painted

Peru: Reverse Glass Painting

Our Sunshine Mirrors are hand-carved by Peruvian artisans who then use a centuries-old reverse glass painting technique from Cajamarca to add splashes of colour to these distinctive pieces. Inspired by the elaborate designs found in traditional colonial-style homes in Peru, these eye-catching mirrors work alone or as part of a triplet, dressing up any wall or space instantly.

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