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Behind the lens: Our autumn photo shoot

Behind the lens: Our autumn photo shoot

One misty autumn morning last month I hopped on the train from London and after a brief few hours, as the suburbs gave way to green and golden countryside, I arrived in Devon - laden with the latest Dilli Grey treasures for our autumn collection for a day's shoot with photographer, Matt Austin.

I love Matt's natural light style; his shots feel like a painting so rich in texture and depth. We had been moodboarding and planning for a few weeks - both with the same eye for creating a boho luxe landscape in which to showcase our autumn quilts and blankets. Serendipidously, Matt already had a vintage peacock chair at his studio (something of a Dilli Grey signature in-store now), so we layered this up with our cosy cashmere and wool blankets for our first set.

Brand new for us this season are our space-dye blankets, all hand-knitted by mothers and daughters in their own homes. It takes 2 women, 1 day to hand-knit, wrapping each individual tassel by hand to finish them, perfectly. By employing these skilled craftswomen, in their own homes, allows them the flexibility to stay with their children and work around family life - rather than having to travel to bigger cities in search of work.

We have created two colourways, a rich 'desert' palette of creams and warm terracottas, then a 'seashore' colourway with deep, inky blues.

As soon as the clocks change, slowly but surely the enquiries about our buttery soft cashmere blankets start trickling in... they have become something of a winter signature for us (along with the scarf versions). The smart, chevron weave looks beautiful over the end of the bed for chilly nights, or casually draped over the back of a sofa. They are feather light, but so so warm. This season we've gone for a dreamy palette of neutrals in soft beiges, creams and toffee shades.

cashmere throws

 Our latest linen pouffe, the Rambagh, is inspired by the ornate tapestries hung in the Rambagh palace in Jaipur. With intricate embroidery in neutral tones on a 100% linen base, this is the perfect, versatile piece for any boho-loving home.

Next up, we re-styled the studio with a beautiful, vintage wrought-iron bed we sourced locally - layered up with our latest 100% cotton, hand-block quilt designs. 

The Phool (meaning flower in Hindi) is a celebration of the floral designs from our artisan studio. Playing with scale there is a large booti print to one side and a trailing, intricate floral pattern on the reverse. The ornate border, in organic greens, dusty pinks and washed blues give the quilt a vintage, nostalgic feel.

 Our bestselling Rani print is back too, in the palest sun-washed blue and dreamy, calm grey for the new season.

 

Finally, to celebrate (rather than lament!) the darker nights, we have launched the midnight blue paisley booti quilt - with twinkly, metallic silver repeat motifs. It feels grounding and decadent and the rich navy is a great neutral to pair with any bedroom.

I hope the love and attention that we lavish on creating and sharing our products shines through... such beauty and skill is poured into designing and making them, we want to showcase them in the way they deserve.

We have more collections launching throughout November, so stay tuned (and sign up to our newsletter to be the first in the know when they arrive). Our new sleepwear collection is here too, you can read more about the inspiration behind it on the journal here.

You can explore our cashmere and wool blankets here, and all our 100% cotton quilts here.

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