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Shop Local- The Best Global Resource in Chicago, Alapash!


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I am LOVING the global home trends! There is something special about incorporating items from around the world into your everyday decor. It’s like inviting another culture into an otherwise mundane existence. While I wish that I could travel the world and hand pick items to bring back for my own collection, for now I will have to settle with shopping some of the amazing resources that do it for me!

One such shop I came across last year, Alapash. It’s a vibrant global bazaar, with everything from Persian and African textiles, to handmade pottery and art from local artisans. Situated in a busting neighborhood of Chicago, Alapash attracts locals looking for unique accessories to brighten up the home.

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Terrarium, planters and air plants galore!
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Some of the incredible authentic textiles you will find at Alapash!
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Yes, one of everything please!
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It took everything in my soul to leave this little guy behind! So adorable and with various sizes, I want them all!

I had a chance to chat with the owner last time I was in, and he is very passionate about sourcing everything in the shop himself. You can tell from speaking with him, that he is truly a collector himself and loves to bring beauty and culture to his shop. While you can definitely find a lot of global textiles through Etsy and other online shops, it is truly a different experience to walk in and touch each and every item by hand and see just how vibrant they really are. Next time you are in Chicago, you should check it out! And if you don’t have a chance to visit in person, there is also an online shop and inspiring Instagram too!

2 comments on “Shop Local- The Best Global Resource in Chicago, Alapash!”

  1. It looks like I need to schedule a shopping trip to Chicago soon! I love the plants and I have a hard time finding them where I live. And…the textiles are to die for. Have to look at the calendar!

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