Why We Love Artisanal Designers

Decorating is a very personal experience, especially when it comes to your home. 

We're all looking to buy products that reflect the aesthetic we're going for. We want to support brands and designers that speak to us. And more importantly, we want our home to express who we are, what we like, and what we believe in. 

Artisanal artists, designers and brands from all around the world to help have helped many to achieve just that. 

In our digital and often screen-obsessed world, it’s important to have handmade possessions  that remind ourselves not only of unique design, but more thoughtful ideas and experiences.  

Artisan-made products act as a bridge to other cultures, helping us to better understand their practices and the people that make them. Artisanal designers embrace traditional methods, often celebrating a culture’s rich history in producing timeless, one-of-a-kind pieces. There’s a distinct personal story behind each handcrafted design waiting to be shared.

The beauty of artisan products is the love behind every design. As a consumer, you get an understanding of how much time, commitment and vision it took to create each product. And it quickly becomes something to cherish. Something can’t wait to tell your friends and family about. It becomes meaningful. It becomes part of your story.

At Batch, we’re thrilled to showcase a variety of artisanal designers and brands, each with their own story to tell. 

 

ARZU STUDIO HOPE

ARZU STUDIO HOPE is a non-profit organization that makes fine Afghan rugs hand-knotted by artisans from 100% handspun sheep's wool. Arzu, meaning “hope” in Dari, helps female Afghan weavers a way out of poverty by providing them with fair labor wages, education, healthcare, and the chance to source and sell the hand-knotted rugs they weave.

Each ARZU STUDIO HOPE rug is distinctly handcrafted by an artisan family in rural Afghanistan. Each rug’s color, size and design varies based on the individual technique, process and use of raw materials.

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Batch Tip: Mix traditional designs, like this ARZU Resilience Rug, with a contemporary dining set to create a California-cool look that makes a big impact

Story Behind the Designer: Juma Gul, a 66 year old widow with seven children, counts on rug weaving as the main source of income for her household. ARZU provided her with the opportunity to provide for her family, help pay for her sister-in-law’s medical treatments, send her daughters in school, and enroll herself in literacy courses.

“We are so thankful to ARZU which has given us the opportunity to have good health. We are so very happy with the great help that ARZU is providing our family.” - Juma Gul, ARZU Weaver

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Batch Tip: Draw attention to your ARZU Light Rug and make it pop in any room by pairing it with alongside a neutral palette

Story Behind the Designer: Razia, 32, lives in Dragon Valley, Afghanistan with her husband and six children. During the rise of the Taliban, Razia and her family endured a lot of hardship. Not only was Razia caught by the Taliban and sent to prison for 36 days, but she experienced unforeseen medical issues with the birth of her youngest child, causing the family to rack up huge debt. Since joining ARZU’s program, Razia has been paying off her debt, providing food for her family, sending her children to school, and attending literacy courses with her mother-in-law. She and her family are grateful for the support provided by ARZU.

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Batch Tip: Drawing from the sapphire blue tones of these lush Caitlin sofas from Interior Define, the details in this ARZU Dreams Rug make a stunning statement.

Story Behind the Designer: Masoma and her husband went through hard times in Kabul during the Taliban period. From relocating homes in order to stay safe, to earning little income, and losing her child in her arms. With the help of ARZU, Masoma and her husband feel safe again, and are rebuilding their lives. The steady income she receives from weaving rugs helps her pay for meat, fruit, firewood and other things previously unattainable to her family in their poverty. The money, literacy courses, and emphasis on healthcare has been a significant help to her family.

 

Far & Wide Collective

This online marketplace connects the world’s most talented artisans in 14 different developing countries to buyers all across North America.

Far & Wide Collective brings all kinds of artisan crafts together in one place – from handcrafted clothing, to accessories, home décor and gift items. In addition to introducing consumers to beautiful handmade products, Far & Wide Collective is helping artisan’s with economic opportunities not otherwise afforded to them, allowing them to run their own business and earn stable incomes.

At Batch, you can find the Nido Baskets from Mexico, Pulp Bowls from Swaziland, Cotton Towels from Ethiopia and Baskets from Kenya.

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