Welcome to my Blog. I will be writing about all the things I love and that inspire me, share images and interesting articles and keep you informed on all things happening at our online store - Raja and Rani.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Press Coverage for Raja and Rani

You'll find our quilts featured in a few magazines this summer!

The Moroccan theme is still going strong in interiors and the feature in the August issue of Living Etc showcases a fabulous home near Marrakech filled with traditional Moroccan detail with a modern twist. Our vintage kantha silk quilt has been featured as a way to get a taste of the moroccan vibe in your home with it's rich colours and patterns.

August Issue

Continuing the global theme, the August issue of Living North magazine has a great feature on well travelled interior pieces for your home. Our favourites include these oriental style floating candles from Habitat and authentic hand painted tiles from Fired Earth. Of course our vintage kantha silk quilts get another mention too!

Floating candle from Habitat
Fired Earth Tile

Bright and colourful plays a big part in the Spanish home featured in BBC Homes and Antiques. Every textile in this home is bold and vibrant - just what we like! One of our vintage kantha quilts from our summer 2012 collection is featured in this article.

Our vintage kantha quilt is featured here

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Raja and Rani is now in Forest Hill

Vintage Kantha Quilts 
We are pleased to announce that our products can now be bought from Stag & Bow in Forest Hill. 

Stag & Bow is a quirky jem of a shop in the heart of Forest Hill focusing on craft, history and haberdashery as well as running regular workshops in knitting, printing and lots more! 

Pop in to see our range of kantha cushions and quilts at 8 Dartmouth Road, London, SE23 3XU.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Gorgeous Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Vintage Kantha Silk Scarf
Our vintage kantha silk scarves and shawls make the perfect gift for your Mum. Soft, silky and in a vibrant range of colours and prints, these scarves and shawls are a great way to add a pop of colour to any outfit! Handcrafted from vintage silk saris, and with a different design on each side, makes them really versatile!
Vintage Kantha Silk Shawl

  Browse our ranges here and here.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Shopping made easier!

We've been beavering away on our website to make it even easier for you to buy our vintage kantha cushions.

It's taken some putting together, but now you can hand pick the design you want rather than us selecting one for you. Images of the front, back and detail of the design can be seen for each cushion. We've got lots of lovely designs in stock, but as they are all unique, once they're gone, they're gone!

The links to get you started are here and here.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

I never like to get caught up in the whole Valentines Day 'thing' but… if it's an excuse to make some yummy food then I'm in!

For me, the best part of any meal is always the dessert (true, right?) and I've been waiting for an excuse to make this gorgeous yummy recipe for Masala Chai ice cream. It's smooth, creamy and with a hint of spice - perfect! I hope the other half likes it  - I have a feeling he will! 

(Image from Simply Recipes)

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Living Etc Loves

Our vintage kantha quilts are featured in the March edition of Living Etc magazine. We are so pleased with the 'Living Etc Loves' accolade! 

Friday, 13 January 2012

NEW Kantha Cushions and Quilts for Spring 2012

It's finally started to feel like Winter is making way for Spring. This is a great time to start thinking about all those improvements you want to make around the home and bring the place back to life after the darkness of Winter!

To get you started, how about making a few small changes to your home decor? All it takes is a few brightly coloured cushions or a quilt to spruce up a sofa or bed.

We think you'll like our new colours for Spring!

NEW Kantha Cushions for Spring 2012
NEW Vintage Kantha Quilts
They can all be found on our website right now. Enjoy!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Pantone Colour Report Spring 2012

Back in September 2011, the Pantone Color Institute revealed the top ten colours you should be wearing this Spring. Somehow, I missed this news release, so now, in the midst of the cold, miserable (and windy!) start to 2012, we can take some solace in dreaming about warmer and brighter days of colour to come.

The Pantone Colour Report is put together for Spring and Autumn after Fashion Week in New York, and although it’s more in the name of fashion, these colours inevitably get filtered down into home interiors and home d├ęcor.

Pantone Colours for Spring 2012

We think the choices look fab, the brights are a burst of colour for Spring and the gentle hues and pastels are calming and subtle for a more relaxed palette.

What’s your favourite? Personally, I love Tangerine Tango (don’t you just love that name?), the pretty pastel of Sweet Lilac and the vibrancy of Cockatoo.

Here’s our take on the Spring 2012 colour palette. Looks like we’re on trend with our colour range this season!

Raja and Rani's Pantone Spring 2012 Palette

By the way, Tangerine Tango is Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2012. Why was it chosen? Who knows....maybe we’re in for a more vibrant, warm, energetic 2012?

Images from left to right:

Vintage Kantha Silk Shawl
Vintage Kantha Cushion
Detail from Vintage Kantha Quilt
Vintage Kantha Quilt
Vintage Kantha Quilt
Vintage Kantha Silk Shawl
Detail from Vintage Kantha Silk Shawl