My World at Home: Elizabeth Morrison’s Dubai Villa

See inside ELIZABETH MORRISON‘s curated and colourful Dubai villa …

Elizabeth outside her office in Jaipur.

Name: Elizabeth Morrison Address: Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE Home: A traditional, light-filled villa she shares with husband Elliot Lewis and daughters India and Alexandra
The vibe: Reflects her Irish roots and love of travel

My husband’s job brought us to Dubai in 2006. We live in a part of the city known as Jumeirah, which has a wonderfully eclectic group of residents. Our villa is 30 years old, which is positively old by Dubai standards. It has a charm that is hard to find, with lots of windows and high ceilings and is full of furniture Elliot and I have collected on our travels. In a world where factory-made items are becoming the norm, we are delighted that most of our accessories are made by hand. Favourite pieces include a precious oil painting of Samuel Beckett by Irish artist James Brohan, and two Vietnamese hand-painted tables.

I’ve always been interested in interiors, probably inspired by my Irish roots [Morrision is from Kildare], and in 2014 I retired from my job as a board director of a global advertising agency. “From Jaipur With Love” was born after many years travelling in India exploring its rich treasures and experiencing its unique culture. My husband actually proposed at the Taj Mahal, and the business is a story of love, a passion for creativity and beauty, and an admiration for the artisans I work with. My aim was to keep alive the ancient skill of weaving. I realised the only way to do this is to bring work and design briefs to remote villages in Jaipur, where our skilled artisans live and work. As a result, I spend more and more time in India. I hope to bring the finest handmade rugs into many homes and in that way continue the weaving history that is part of the traditional framework of Rajasthan. Some of the patterns we use were produced hundreds of years ago, while others are updated variations. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing a business with a
socio-economic angle grow and continue to keep alive artisan craftsmanship. The latter is dangerously close to extinction due to today’s disposable mindset.

 

Our sitting room features my favourite Vietnamese side tables and a selection of art from around the world, along with our chevron “Illusions” dhurrie in anchor grey.

 

This bespoke peachy pink runner was made for a client in Ireland using a bronze gold sari.

 

My dining room in Dubai with Lismore Waterford crystal. The table covering is a handwoven rug.

 

Our dining room, featuring our classic navy and white lattice dhurrie.

 

My daughters’ bedroom featuring our classic lattice rug.

 

One of our artisans on the loom weaving a rug for a client in Singapore. Our bespoke service is free of charge where our clients can design their own rugs.

www.fromjaipurwithloverugs.com

Penny McCormick

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