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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Shopping at Simrane in Paris

While in Paris, I stumbled across a store called Simrane that sells all sorts of amazing block printed linens from India. I'm easily transfixed by interesting colors and patterns and this store was a feast for the eyes. I love traditional Provencale-style linens, but being from India, the Simrane patterns have a bit more of an ethnic flair that I think translates more to a younger clientele.

Simrane is actually two stores- one at 23 rue Bonaparte that sells pillows, duvets, and more home-oriented products, and another at 25 rue Bonaparte that sells caftans, tunics, jackets, pareos, napkins and placemats.

I snapped up a set of napkins that I can't wait to use- I loved the colors and the zig zag pattern.

The prices are reasonable- the caftans run from about 60-120 euros depending on the length, the napkins are about 6 euros each, pillow covers were maybe 30 euros each? Not as cheap as if you were buying it in India, but a good deal for rue Bonaparte!

And a bonus- it's right across the street from Laduree! Nothing revives a weary shopper like a caramel macaron (or two, if we're really being honest).

This little British girl in front of me in line was so adorable...she was so excited for her macarons!

I'm trying to figure out if Simrane is available for purchase in the US but thus far am having no luck- they don't appear to have a website of any kind. I'm kicking myself for not picking up a tunic or two. Has anyone ever seen it?


Michelle said...

Love those napkins!

Michelle said...

Oh pretty! I would eat that place up, and some macaroons too.

Averill said...

Great score with the napkins!

hollow earth said...

Hello! I just want to say that I was in Paris right around the time you posted this and went into the same boutique. I came out of Simrane with 2 gorgeous tablecloths that I will use for curtains and 4 tunics, no lie! I love their selection and found the people there to be really helpful and informed.
I also picked up those napkins you bought and ultimately didn't walk out with them. Bought my discerning friend here in LA a lovely purple patterned bandana and she flipped. I was so overwhelmed and in love with the assortment that I took a photographic inventory of things I might like to have shipped later on and that I may post on my new blog. What a coincidence! Very nice blog!

123hou said...

The quality of Simrane's merchandise is excellent. A "jete' de lit" unquilted cotton bedspread I bought around 1985 is STILL beautiful, as are other pieces purchased as late as 1998.

jeri said...

We were in Paris over Xmas 2010 and went to Simrane - lovely but expensivce as is everything in Paris. I found a website: out of Petaluma, CA. They have wonderful indian block prints at very reasonable prices. Their products are wonderful and suggest you all check it out - (We also spent 3 wks in India March 2010 so this is a good deal._

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