The Overland was a popular backpacking route in the 1960s and 70s for those who passed through, seeking eastern mysticism and cheap thrills. Traveling from Istanbul to Nepal, you might trail through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Kashmir and Kathmandu, or detour to Tibet in search of Himalayan highs. OVERLAND picks up pieces of the trail: bohemian stripes from Iran, auspicious Tibetan patterns and iconic Central Asian symbols — all of which waver between clashing and co-existing in perfect harmony.



In Tibetan cosmology, the Phoenix and Dragon appear to be opposites: one is fire, the other water, one lives east, the other lives west. But together they take on special significance — a balance to one another. The rolling medallion border and thoughtful scale of V.S. lends itself to a number of uses — from drapery to paneled screens to elaborate upholstery.



In the spirit of the source, Mazan is our interpretation of a Persian Mazandaran kilim. This fabric is handwoven from cotton and jute with the same staggered stripe formation as its namesake. Narrow individual panels are joined together and embroidered with a rustic stitch.



Cloudband takes its name from a popular Persian carpet motif, reimagined here as a velvet-like fabric. The dense hand of the cloth gestures to the tactile, textural feel a handknotted rug. Though the cloudband motif occurs across cultures, little is known about the origin of this striking celestial symbol — a mirror to the heavens.



Frog’s Feet, also known as belak, is a Tibetan motif with unknown origins. Some attribute the auspicious pattern to footprints left by the Snow Frog, a creature whose skin is credited with healing properties in local folklore.



Daran is a nearly literal translation of a Persian Mazandaran rug, handwoven from cotton in a minimalist black-and-white staggered stripe. Lengths of fabric are joined together with x-shaped embroidery, hitting a modern note with its genuine simplicity.



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