Throwback Thursday!

Greetings Readers,

It’s Throwback Thursday!

Ancient Egypt.  A captivating society that influenced every modern society around the world.  While Ancient Egyptians are noted for advancements in architecture, they also influence the design of modern textiles and home furnishings.

Egyptians had no abundance of furniture, and what they had was minimalistic. Stools were common in Egyptian households.  Tables were rarities even in wealthier households, and Egyptians used the floor to write or to prepare meals. Their furniture was crafted from reeds or other types of wood, with woven or occasionally leather-bound seats. Common citizens had stools of reed, pillows, or reed seating mats; wood was too expensive for the masses. Egyptian furniture so wellcrafted that we still use their innovations today. Stools, some chairs, and tables used mortise-and-tenon construction, variations of which are still used today.  Beds in ancient Egypt used minimal material yet provided surprising comfort.  Wooden or reed frames held the stretched or woven material upholstered fast to the bed. Linens were used as blankets, a light material perfect for the hot Egyptian climate. Oftenthese beds had lions or bulls carvings, reflecting strength.



Images from Talaria Enterprises

Wealthy Egyptians commissioned more luxurious furniture and richer materials. These Egyptian homes relaxed in fine wooden chairs upholstered with animal skins or woven from leather strips. Chairs and stools were carved with animal motifs.  Royal furniture was commonly painted or constructed out of metals such as gold or bronze.


Descended of the Egyptian style, the Mystic Valley Traders Silk Bronze Collection embodies the classic metallic colors and luxury of wealthy ancient Egyptians. The Bronze Dupioni Silk mixes tradition with modernity. This collection is available today.

See more at the link below.

Stay tuned for next week’s Throwback.


Throwback Thursday!

Greetings Readers,

On our first Throwback Thursday, let’s go back to ancient Greece. The ancient Greeks brought to modern society philosophy, democratic government, and critical elements of our design trade. Naturally, we focus on how an ancient Greek society – the Minoans – influence today’s designs.

In 2000-1400 BC, Minoans were concentrated on the island of Crete. Minoans were agricultural peoples now known mostly for their development of metals such as bronze. However, they’re also known for intriguing design motifs linked to their geography. In early Minoa, artists centered on feminine figures and geometrics. Minoan art featured many water and water-dwelling mammal motifs in their designs. Principally in the wealthiest homes, Minoans animal motifs decoratived a wide range of accessories, such as vases and furniture. Yet Minoans also decorated their walls with marine images including dolphins, octopuses, and fish.













Sacred Murals Studio 

The Minoans applied these designs using fresco painting. Fresco painting applies fresco paint to wet plaster, binding the pigment to the wall, creating fluid, organic lines with long lasting pigments.











Today we hark these timeless aquatic designs, still inspiring our inspirations at Mystic. The Oceana embodies marine motifs just as the ancient Minoans did inCrete.Here we see Mystic’s Oceana duvet cover and shams using familiar octopus, crab, and lobster motifs on the linens. See the link below for the full collection.

Hope you enjoyed our first Throwback Thursday; please come back next week for our next Throwback!


High Point Market

Greetings Readers,

Welcome back to The Trading Post! In today’s post, we discuss the home furnishing industry’s favorite holiday: High Point Market.

“Market” started in 1909 in High Point, North Carolina, showcasing local furniture, providing a more functional and regional location for furniture manufacturers to conduct business. In 1921, it became an immeasurably more valuable resource for the Southern furniture market when, with its sights set on becoming the world’s Furniture City, High Point built the Southern Furniture Exposition Building, now the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC), between Commerce, Green, Wrenn, and Hamilton in downtown High Point. Throughout the 1940s and 1980s the Southern furniture market grew and expanded immensely; in 1989, High Point assumed the mantle of “Furniture Capital of the World”.

Today High Point Market remains the world’s largest and most important furniture exposition, Over 75,000 people venture to High Point for each Spring and Fall market . Included in those 75,000 was be Mystic’s Jay Taylor, Eric Kainer and me.

Jay and Eric were testing trends: assessing competition, and recruiting a top sales team. We are looking for talented and diligent sales representatives; please recommend your favorite sales professional, or send your qualifications to us. We’d love your advice.

This year at market I worked with Century Furniture. I’ve assisted with the exhibit set up – it’s incredible! A majority of Century’s furniture is American-made and impeccably designed. Please share what your plans for Market were in the comments below. Also, this coming Thursday will begin Throwback Thursdays, so be sure to return for that.


Intro to The Trading Post

Greetings Readers,

Welcome to The Trading Post, where we’ll connect, share, learn, explore and inspire each other through the world of art and design.

About Mystic: Nancy Mills took inspiration from Welsh weaves, adding modern fabrics to old-world designs, creating a new premium craft bedding market in the United States. Expert weavers adapted her inspirations to create uniquely beautiful coverlets, shams, and pillows. Skip to 2003, when Nancy’s retirement spelled opportunity to the Tager brothers, who greatly expanded the company. And then finally last year, Aquetong Mills reinforced Mystic’s rich heritage with new designs, a new website, social media, and catalog updates. I encourage you to look at the full history,

About your Blogress: I’m Lauren and, like most of you, I’ve been working in the design industry forever, and I’m still a student of our customers, as well as working in the industry. I’ve a passion for writing, for elegant home furnishings, history of architecture and for the ideas and information we’ll share. Now let’s get back to you, and our blog: I’ve got my first several topics sketched out, and I’m scouting for more. Where you’ve got a passion, a controversy, an opinion, or even a question, please share it.

And as we develop our blog technology, we encourage you to leave your comments after each of my posts, I look forward to hearing from you, contact me at Stay tuned for my next where we’ll be talking about the High Point Furniture Market!