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Elegant homeware neatly balanced between history and modernity


Nara Cambridge offers a collection of classic homeware Inspired by the past and made for modern day life.  


A joyous blend of English elegance and Eastern influences, the collection includes classic blue and white ceramics, traditional toleware, handwoven rattanware and beautifully embroidered linens. Each piece is made using plenty of ancestral know-how and traditional techniques, where possible, by artisans around the world. 


“We’re all about beautiful, affordable homeware which will last and always look stylish, delivered with great service” says Alexandra Bishop, Founder of Nara Cambridge. “Helping our customers move away from the current throwaway culture and value the craftsmanship and durability of well-made pieces which compliment both traditional and contemporary interiors”. 


The Jardin Tray is a modern interpretation of the traditional toleware of the late 18th and 19th century. The dramatic design features pagodas and parasols and a central piper in an exotic garden. The iron base is beaten into shape by hand before being hand-painted by artisans in Northern India. It takes eight days to apply the design, allowing each layer of paint to dry in the warm Rajasthan sun. 


“Provenance is as important to us as quality and price” continues Alexandra. “Investing in the best materials and the best talent by choosing to work with artisans with oodles of generational expertise. Take our ceramics – they are made by the best in Jingdezhen, China which has been at the centre of ceramic production for close to 2,000 years”. 


After studying art and art history and spending summers gaining experience working for the London auction houses, Alexandra was set on a career as a specialist in Asian art and antiques before a ‘Sliding Doors’ moment led her down a different path building a successful career in PR and marketing representing a range of clients from the worlds of finance, theatre, and music to European royalty. 


Nara Cambridge sees Alexandra return to her first love, curating a collection of classic homeware which draws on a childhood inspired by travel and her love of heritage and design.   


Though relatively new to the interiors’ scene, Nara Cambridge is already making its mark, attracting the attention of award-winning designer and historian Rory Hutton who has collaborated with Alexandra on a range of charming block-printed table linens inspired by the ceramics of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. 


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