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We love Tea!

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We have a large, unique Tea collection as well as an assortment of hand crafted tea kettles and tea cups lined with gold leaf. We all love Tea at the store, and you may enjoy a nice cup of Tea every now and then as well. Maybe while reading a good book, sitting in a comfortable chair or a cup of Tea combined with a delicious treat. But how much do we know about the origin of Tea? Read on to find out some facts you may not have known!

Tea started out as a purely medicinal beverage which was prepared by boiling fresh leaves in water. Then around the 3rd century CE, it moved on to becoming a drink that was consumed on a daily basis. This is when the tea cultivation and processing began. It was as early as the 13th century when cultivation became established when seeds were brought to Japan. The Chinese brought tea cultivation to Taiwan in 1810 and the Dutch also had their hands on processing and cultivation in 1833.

Teas have a classification system that is based on the region of origin. Larger regions such as China, Ceylon, Japan, Indonesia and Africa as well as smaller regions like Darjeeling, Assam, and Nilgris. Additionally, they are classified by the size of the leaf after processing.

Products we love: Handmade Limoges Porcelain

Products we love: Handmade Limoges Porcelain 2252 1481 Julia Ochsenreither

We are excited to announce the arrival of new handmade Limoges Porcelain.

The unique scents of the candles are produced by a master perfumer in the south of France and the wax is plant oil based. The porcelain housing can be reused once the candle has burnt out. The designs are simple, elegant and timeless and are heavily influenced by French heritage. Each piece has a unique story behind the design. Take the Tuilerries for example (First image below), which clearly hints at Paris` intricate wrought iron balconies that the city is known for. Tumblers are another popular item. They can serve as a: Teacup, coffee cup, plant holder, or pencil holder.

Spotlight: William Morris textiles

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A new shipment of William Morris textiles has arrived at our store. There is a rich history tied to the textiles and wallcoverings by William Morris, which makes them even more special and unique. William Morris was one of the most celebrated designers in the 19th century and was a key figure in the Arts & Crafts movement.

From an early age, Morris had a great appreciation for craftsmanship, which was uncommon at the time due to the new principle of industrial progress that was starting to spread during the Victorian Era. The concept of handmade production didn’t suit the focus on industrial progress.

It was when he met Edward Burne-Jones, who became one of the most famous painters during that era that his love for art developed further. The two lifelong friends had gone on an Architectural tour of Northern France and had decided to dedicate their life’s work to art. When it came to designing his own home, Morris was unhappy with the commercial market and spent two years decorating and furnishing his home with his artistic circle. In 1861 Morris and some of his friends started their own interiors company, “Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.” and the rest is history! We love to have William Morris textiles at Helma Interior.

Products we love: Carrière Frères

Products we love: Carrière Frères 2411 3131 Julia Ochsenreither

We had a representative for Carrière Frères come to our store not too long ago to show us some new scents and products for the upcoming summer season. We loved the fresh scents and stand behind the principles of the company which include sustainability, tradition and natural ingredients.

Carrière Frères works with the Robertet Group, which is a world leader in sourcing raw materials. This allows for the creation of unique combinations. The raw materials are ethically bought from sustainability programs or organic agricultural practices. The process for each botanical essence is always ethical and sustainable. Past the scent itself, the containers are also created with sustainability in mind. They are composed of recycled glass, packed in FSC cardboard, untreated rattan sticks for the diffusers, cork tops, and natural alcohol (for example, from beets!). The materials are consciously chosen to have the smallest impact as possible. They even give proceeds of the sales to the bee farmers!

The scents are inspired by exotic or indigenous oils, and all of them are mono-scents. They have fascinated botanists and explorers since the 18th century. These scents include but are not limited to: Rose, Ginger, Tea, Tomato, Mint, Lavender, Sandalwood and Rosemary.

Spotlight: Weaves & Blends

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Sapna and Meghna were driven to establish their own company „WEAVES & BLENDS“ in 2003, with their motives being the design process itself, but also to get the exotic Nepalese textiles and their quality recognized in the western world. The company started out with 10 weavers and 4 hand looms. With hard work, support from family and friends the company grew quickly within the year and soon gained a reputation for their fine cashmere, cashmere blends and yak wool accessories.

Women make up most of the staff, and around 100 women work from home to create small details and finishes such as tassels, pompoms, crochet buttons and much more. We value training and put emphasis on teaching the women weaving, spinning, hand-knitting and other skills related to the craft of the industry. The majority of the products are produced using the hand weaving method, which produces a unique piece of art. One always different from the next.

Additionally to having a one of a kind piece, with each purchase of a Weaves & Blends product, you can also help fund a program which is very well known in Nepal. This program revolves around an epidemic happening in Nepal, which is Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate. This is one of the most common birth defects in Nepal. The children affected are located in the villages and we help to get them to surgery camps nearby which are directed by the Kathmandu Model Hospital, under the supervision of Dr.Shanker Rai who has performed a large amount of surgeries within Nepal and overseas. Many children are treated every year, and we strive to reach even more with your help and support!