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Geographically, rug designer Aelfie Oudghiri's textile-strewn apartment sits where the Greenpoint-Williamsburg border begins to blur. But aesthetically, it's halfway between Grand Street and the Grand Bazaar—a mishmash of vintage Turkish rugs, Moroccan ceramics, Soviet-era embroidery, and, of course her own colorful creations (which have been picked up by local favorites like Concrete + Water, Beam, and Collyer's Mansion).
We stopped by Aelfie's home to see how the textile pro layers patterns, decorates her daughter's room (there's no Frozen merch in sight, but there are paintings of Susan Sontag and Joan Didion), and manages to find the coolest souvenirs (like Uzbeki wedding blankets and Beavis and Butthead matryoshkas).
↑ Aelfie mixes her own designs (like the black and white carpet, embroidered throw pillows, and gold rug draped over the couch) with family heirlooms and pieces picked up while traveling with her husband. "Basically everything in my house has something to do with my marriage," she says. "Marriage and family."
↑ Aelfie's grandmother painted the scene that hangs above the couch. "She's like a Jewish mystic," she says. "She's a holocaust survivor. A lot of her paintings have to do with god and the afterlife. This painting in particular is about a friend of hers who was supposedly cured of cancer by aliens. So, it's pretty trippy.
↑ "I just found this amazing box with pearl inlay from Iraq in the entrance of my old building. I was like, what is this? My brother bought me that wooden doll. He lived in a dojo in Japan."
↑ The watercolor sheepskins on the dining chairs are also Aelfie's designs. "I searched for a watercolor sheepskin online and couldn't find one. Then I met this professional dyer, Natalie, and I was like, 'I have this really crazy vision.' It took about four months just to get down the technical aspects, because dyeing fur is a lot different than dyeing wool."
↑ "This painting is by my grandfather-in-law. He was a color theorist and a painter, and he studied under Josef Albers. So he has all these, weird funny pieces that are really about color theory and color processing. More than they are about bottles."
↑ Aelfie's bed is decked out in her 'Francine' bedding, and a small area rug from her label doubles as a wall hanging.
↑ "This is our cat, The Shah of Iran, but he goes by The Shah of Brooklyn."
↑ "I got these Beavis and Butthead nesting dolls when I was in Russia. You know how they made a comeback? I bought this over ten years ago. I went with my mom and my grandmother to St. Petersburg. And then for a while, I was collecting, so here's one with all the Russian leaders. Here's Putin."
↑ "When I was pregnant I got really into making jewelry. I was buying beads from this Nigerian guy, and he had the chair in his shop. The Yoruba people use it for big ceremonies."
↑ "This painting is by a friend of mine and it's actually a scene from the opening party at my first showroom."
↑ An Aelfie pillow looks right at home against a vintage Moroccan rug and a pair of striped ottomans. "We bought this at the same time we made Mirah, the designer says. "So, I ended up not really selling a lot of the rugs that came from that trip because they were sentimental."
↑ An elephant basket stands guard over the laundry. Check out Amazon for similar styles.
↑ "This is an Uzbeki wedding embroidery," Aelfie says of the blanket hanging beside Mirah's crub. "In Uzbekistan, in order to get married you sort of have to be good at embroidery, so this would be something that a newlywed couple would put on their bed. You can see it has her name and his name, and this is a portrait of her and those are the wedding rings."
↑ "I painted all these pictures of famous, strong intelligent women for Mirah to look at. There's Joan Didion, Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Susan Sontag and Yoko Ono."