Bringing it all out for an open house

Peter Bennion and Kay Wallace on the trail of the weavers of Alpaca rugs in Peru back in the Seventies
Peter Bennion and Kay Wallace on the trail of the weavers of Alpaca rugs in Peru back in the Seventies

Inspired by the richness of artisan skills and local traditions on a journey through Morocco 40 years ago, Peter Bennion and Kay Wallace opened a shop in Sheffield called Bringing It All Back Home selling handmade items and fabrics from the bazaars of India and Afghanistan.

Years later the collection was packed into storage as they followed their other enthusiasm and developed The Futon Shop and then the Natural Bed Company on Devonshire Green. But they continued travelling, collecting and selling on a website bringingitallbackhome.co.uk.

“Earlier this year we decided to open up all the old tea chests and look afresh at those wonderful textiles from the Seventies,” reports Peter. “They were even better than we remembered and we just had to get them out on show again – and we’d love people to see them and be inspired.

“There are embroidered rugs from Iraq, tent bands woven by Kuchi nomads in Afghanistan, mirrored textiles from the Thar desert in Rajasthan, sculptures and carvings, folk art drawings, furniture, silk scarves and cushions, cashmere shawls and Tibetan blankets.

“Special creations and the beautiful everyday – one of our favourite items is a simple water vessel from India made from wooden panels held together with diagonal brass bands.

“We love handmade things because they illuminate the soul, the tradition and the observation of the maker – they offer a view of the world.”

The warehouse gallery will be open, with mince pies and refreshments, from noon to 5pm on Saturday or by appointment.

Phone Peter on 07866434094 or email pb@bringingitallbackhome.co.uk

It is located, on the first floor above True North Brewery next to The Forum on Eldon Street.