My 3 Monsters: My Latest Decorating Obsession: Kantha Quilts

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3.05.2015

My Latest Decorating Obsession: Kantha Quilts



My latest decorating obsession: Kantha Quilts at my3monsters.com

Hi guys!  As I mentioned previously, we are working on sprucing up our master bedroom a little bit.  By “we”, I of course mean “me”. Except for when I need a little brute force – then it’s a legitimate we.  I like my man to have more muscles than decorating opinions, and he happily obliges.  Actually that’s not entirely true.  I am blessed with a husband who has pretty good taste . . . and he is blessed with the wisdom to let the girl with the interior design degree have her way.  Usually.

We’re a good team, in decorating and in life. He half-watches HGTV with me and nods in approval when I make a comment and I half-listen while he talks about sports and throw out a “That’ll move the chains” once in a while so he knows I’m really “getting it”.  We’re in love.

But that’s not why I gathered y’all here today.  No.  The topic of today’s discussion is Kantha quilts.  In the beginning, my color and pattern choices for the bedroom were pretty . . . well, safe.  Neutral.  Boring.  I was longing for a bright, colorful pop of wild, large floral pattern to pull it all together and breathe some life into the design.  Inspired by this sleeping bag fromAnthropologie, I wanted to make a thin quilt to fold up at the foot of our bed that was solid on one side with a bold floral on the other.  


I have spent hours and looked at {literally} thousands of floral print fabrics online, but none of them spoke to me in that special way that sets my heart all aflutter.  In my hours of going down the Pinterest wormhole, I came across a miraculous solution to my problem – Kantha Quilts.  Kantha {pronounced KHAN-taa} is a type of embroidery used to make simple quilts.  Originating in Bangladesh and the eastern states of India, rural women use old saris and cloth and layer them with a kantha stitch to make light blankets, throws or bedspreads. Vintage Kantha quilts made from gorgeous old saris can be found all over the internet, but they are kind of  pricy.  

My latest decorating obsession: Kantha Quilts at my3monsters.com 

By Googling "Kantha Quilts" or "Blankets from India", I found several shops that sell Kantha quilts made out of bright, beautiful, modern floral and bird prints on cotton fabric.  Many of the shops were humanitarian in nature, giving the proceeds back to the communities in which the blankets are produced. {Win, win!}  The quilts are thin – typically without batting in between the layers – so they are perfect for warm areas {like here in Arizona} or for layering your bedding without adding a bunch of bulk.

My latest decorating obsession: Kantha Quilts at my3monsters.com
I was nervous about ordering one because the colors look so vastly different from one photo to the next.  What I LOVED in one photo, I HATED in another and I couldn’t tell which version was the one I was going to get.  For example, the three photos above are of the same fabric, believe it or not.  I finally gambled on the one above that was either going to be predominantly navy blue and red or black and magenta.  I figured I could work with it either way.  

I worried that, coming from India, my quilt would take forever to arrive and I was super anxious to see it in person, but it showed up on my doorstep within a week.  What arrived was more on the black/magenta side, but it has so many other colors in it that it works in my space and I LOVE it.  

My latest decorating obsession: Kantha Quilts at my3monsters.com

My latest decorating obsession: Kantha Quilts at my3monsters.com
My latest decorating obsession: Kantha Quilts at my3monsters.com

It is the perfect accent piece from which I can pull coordinating colors and patterns for throw pillows and other accessories in bedroom and adjoining bathroom.  Just for your viewing interest, here are a few other quilts I considered before settling on my black one:

My latest decorating obsession: Kantha Quilts at my3monsters.com 

My latest decorating obsession: Kantha Quilts at my3monsters.com
My latest decorating obsession: Kantha Quilts at my3monsters.com
{images via Beeing Gypsy -- this is the Etsy shop where I purchased my quilt.}

What do you think?  Have you heard of Kantha quilts before?  I’m kind of in love with them right now.

Have a great day, friends!
Amy


3 comments:

  1. I love the kantha quilts and how your bedroom looks. I hadn't heard of kantha quilts until your blog post and then a few days later saw another blogger I follow using them too - for a different use though: http://rhondabuss.blogspot.ch/2015/03/the-kantha-quilt-jacket-almost-finished.html Both are very nice. I love the bright colours and the stitch details.

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  2. So beautiful! I've never heard of Kantha quilts. Thanks for sharing. I just bought new bedding, and went very neutral- but this would be a great way to inject a punch of color into the room.

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  3. I love your choice Amy! I've been looking at Kantha quilts but have nervous to order them...would you mind sharing the website of the company you chose to order from?

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