Pronounced KAHN-taa, this mode of quilt originates from the Eastern states of India, West Bengal. Traditionally in this region, women would hand-sew layers of old saris that needs another use after the off cuts of saris became abundant. As you can imagine, Kantha blankets or quilts are made of an array of colours and patterns with noticeable stitching as part of the design. Each piece of these kantha quilts is totally unique – you really can’t find two alike! As these are made from old sari and each sari is of different color, pattern and design. Each quilt or blanket is made of layers of thin saris, so they provide enough warmth to be used as a bed cover as well as a throw over a sofa or chair and has other many more usage. The layering depends on the demand. Sometimes, it’s just 2 layered and can goes upto 6-7 layers.
The colours and patterns are recklessly different on each kantha, but you’ll find that they always complement each other. They bring new colours and a bit of history into the home – who wouldn’t love these alluring and glistening kantha blankets.
One of the many exceptional attributes to these kantha quilts is that they have contrasting patterns on either side. Usually one side has a heroic, striking print and the other is a bit more exquisite. So for those who like to change up their decor fairly often, these are essentially two blankets in one!
Below, you’ll see that the long stitch that has been sewn through all the layers of vintage saris is kept divulge, a signature quality to the glorious and unique vintage kantha blanket.
We love nothing more than to give you ideas on the numerous uses for our products, so how about using kantha quilts as seat covers.
They are thick, pleasant and if it gets chilly can be used as a blanket for you or guests at your next dinner party! Again, the great thing about kantha blankets is that they aren’t supposed to match anything, but rather accompaniment your other items. Take them on a picnic and be the malice of onlookers.
Style Tip: Vintage Kantha Blankets should accompaniment your already beautiful decor, not match, so choose one aspect of the kantha blanket that resembles other facet of your interior. For example if you have a lot of floral in your lounge, choose a kantha that has leaves or paisley patterns (rather than hard geometric shapes) as these natural lines will correlate the natural lines in your floral decor.