Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Directorio Deco

The Embroideries of Lagartera

The commission to decorate the library of the Hispanic Society of America decisively marked the life of Sorolla, not only because of the commitment to transmit to the American public an image of the country that reflected the national identity but also because it prevented him from dedicating valuable time to other artistic endeavours.

The process of creating the panels obliged Sorolla to travel throughout Spain taking notes and studies of nature, both large monuments and scenes, which he then composed in a laborious puzzle whose final result is an accurate mirror of life in Spain.

Lagartera Bride , Joaquin Sorolla , 1912

He began his journey in Lagartera. This canvas painted in the spring of 1912 was a preparatory study for the panel dedicated to Castilla, ‘The bread festival’. On this painting, a ‘Lagartera bride’ is surrounded by ‘Lagarteranos’, all dressed in the traditional intricate costume from Lagartera.

A girl from Lagartera wearing a traditional costume in 1914. Photography by Jules Gervais-Courtellemont for National Geographic
A girl from Lagartera wearing a traditional costume in 1914. Photography by Jules Gervais-Courtellemont for National Geographic

Since the 16th century, the small Spanish village of Lagartera (Toledo) has been famous for its exquisite embroidery which, in my opinion, is one of the most exquisite examples of Spanish craftsmanship. These embroideries are traditionally worked on hand-woven linen, using lively colours and the satin stitch and double running stitch techniques

Antique Lagartera Embroidery


The origin of these embroideries started with the Coptic Culture that developed in Egyptian territory between the years 313-641. During this period,  Coptic art was flourishing with advanced technology which was developed in the looms and weaves, creating some beautiful embroideries of Byzantine influence, but also mixed with a perfect classical order by Hellenic influence.

Coptic Embroidery
Coptic embroidery motifs

When the Arabs dominated Egypt, they welcomed their culture, especially in their sumptuary arts and in particular their embroideries, which spread throughout their areas of influence: Syria, the Caucasus, Maghreb and Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain).

Coptic Embroidery , Ana Abascal Antiques
Fragments of Coptic embroideries at Ana Abascal Antiques store

The Mozarabs (Christians who lived in an area governed by Arabs, but maintaining their Christian religion and their Spanish laws), took much influence from the Arab culture, especially in the language, gastronomy, weddings as well as in the sumptuary arts especially in dress, fabrics and decoration or embroidery thereof.

The existence of Mozarabic populations in Lagartera is demonstrated in the document of 1281 published by Ángel Barrios in his work “Documents of the Cathedral of Ávila” . These Mozarabs would be the ones who adapted the  Coptic-Arab embroideries among their natives and have remained to this day.

Lagartera Embroidery

For more than eight centuries, the Lagartera embroideries have been shaped by different styles and influences. Renaissance designs can be seen in some religious scenes embodied in bedding. Also, we can see eighteenth-century influence taken from the designs of the Royal Silk Factories at Ávila, Talavera de la Reina and Oropesa, as well as some ornamental motifs from the nearby ceramics of Puente del Arzobispo and Talavera de la Reina.

Lagartera Embroidery

These embroideries were traditionally used for clothing as well as for home furnishing. Below you can see some stunning pictures that my friend Miriam took a couple of years ago during the Corpus Christi. For this celebration, the facades of Largatera are decorated with different textiles pieces, altars are placed on the doors of the homes and the people from Lagartera dresses with the traditional costumes.

Corpus Christi in Lagartera. Popular Costume

Corpus Christi in Lagartera. Popular Costume Corpus Christi in Lagartera. Popular Costume

Corpus Christi in Lagartera Corpus Christi in Lagartera

Information about the origin of the Lagartera embroidery –  Ciudad de las Tres Culturas Blog  

Merry Christmas

On today’s blog post I’m sharing some of my favourite Holiday Decor to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your heart and home be filled with all of the joys the festive season brings.

  T A B L E S 

Alidad’s London apartment dressed for Christmas.  Veranda Magazine. Simon Upton photography


Pattern play via Veranda. Melanie Acevedo photography


Aerin Lauder. Vogue Magazine. Claiborne Swanson Frank photography


Alessandra Branca via One Kings Lane


Alessandra Branca via One Kings Lane


Bold Contrast. Veranda Magazine. Francesco Lagnese photography


Carolyne Roehm. Architectural Digest


Carolyne Roehm. Architectural Digest



G A R L A N D S 

Alidad’s London Apartment. Veranda Magazine. Simon Upton photography


Scot Meacham Wood. Traditional Home. John Merkl photography


Suzanne Rheinstein. One Kings Lane


Sarah Bartholomew


Alessandra Branca. One Kings Lane


Sarah Bartholomew


Lisa Hilderbrand via Traditional Home


Alessandra Branca


P R E T T Y     D E T A I L S 

Sarah Bartholomew


Frank de Biasi


Alessandra Branca. One Kings Lane




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Tory Burch


Mark D Sikes. One Kings Lane

Wicklewood: home for the modern nomad

I am looking forward to introducing you to  Wicklewood since its founder Caroline showed me the website some weeks ago in London. I instantly fell in love with every single design and its unique and modern approach to home decor.

Wicklewood is a British born, globally inspired collection of home furnishings created to make interior design easy. Built around four design essentials, Wicklewood makes bold rugs, cushions, quilts and throws that will transform your home with colourful artisanal designs.

Having lived in eight different flats in ten years like a true modern nomad, Wicklewood’s founder, Caroline, sought to decorate each new space in a signature style to make it feel like home. Frustrated by the lack of affordable design options that can change with each season, mood or move, Caroline launched Wicklewood to provide people easy ways to transform a simple space into a beautiful home whether for a lease or a lifetime.

The foundation for Wicklewood’s original designs was inspired by Caroline’s great great grandmother, Lilly De Jongh Osborne, who spent her life in Costa Rica and Guatemala pursuing her passion for collecting rare Mesoamerican textiles, arts and crafts. Lilly’s extensive textile collection is one of the largest in the world.

Hawaii is another inspiration for Wicklewood’s designs, as Caroline grew up surrounded by three generations of worldly women passionate about the textiles, design and history of the Hawaiian Islands.

The British craftsmanship is also in the brand’s DNA as Wicklewood grew out of Blithfield, the iconic British fabric and wallpaper company founded by Elizabeth Downing and Anne Dubbs.

Something I really love about Wicklewood is their curated trunks, which include a variety of bold room sets in complementary colours and design that will spruce up any room.

Below you can find a selection of some of my favourite products. Discover the whole collection on their website



Floral Sun Inlay box - Wicklewood
Floral Sun Inlay box



Calypso Rug


Wicklewood - Palopo throw
Palopo throw


Three layer dash vase - Wicklewood
Three layer dash vase


Osborne oblong cushion - Wicklewood
Osborne oblong cushion
Saltaire Trunk - Wicklewood
Saltaire Trunk


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