How A Trip To Her Native Ethiopia Inspired This Designer’s Textiles


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For Hana Getachew, it was the return to her native Bole neighborhood in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that would inspire the New York-based interior designer to launch her own line of hand-woven textiles.

Bolé Road Textiles is a collection of pillows, blankets, table linens, bathmats and more designed by Getachew in New York and hand-woven by artisans in Ethiopia. “I consider all of my partners in Ethiopia friends,” says Getachew.

The result is a modern-meets-traditional aesthetic with both original designs and traditional Ethiopian motifs in fresh color palettes. Her collection ranges from subdued monochromes, grays, creams and solid pieces to bright pinks, oranges, deep greens and blues incorporated into a variety of striped, color-blocked and traditional patterns.

“Textiles add spirit to a home,” says Getachew. “I find being surrounded with fabrics that are made by hand, that have a tactile quality, creates a sense of comfort to a home. It’s inviting.” For the spring, Getachew recommends her dusty rose colorway in throw pillows and blankets and even a pop of fuchsia to brighten up your space.

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