Olya Thompson

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Olya Thompson

Co-Founder, Tissus Tartares

 

The Muscovite co-founder behind textile company Tissus Tartares talks Russia, décor and the benefits of being an entrepreneur.

 

THE STORY OF TISSUS TARTARES…

It all started in my old Greenwich Village apartment, when my then-neighbor and now-business partner Nathalie Farman-Farma and I spent long evenings discussing our mutual love of interior design over tea. It turned out we were both passionate about Russian art and literature, Madeleine Castaing, Central Asian ikat robes and vintage Le Manach fabrics. Out of this mix of references, Tissus Tartares was born.

 

OUR FABRICS ARE DIFFERENT BECAUSE…

I realized that the few fabrics on the market that I liked had been seen too many times before. What I really wanted was a transporting Eurasian sensibility that would imbue our house with historical patterns and colors without being sentimental or overly traditional.

 

HOW RUSSIA INSPIRES ME…

Colors seem more vivid in the northern light of Russia where long winters can be bleak. Some of my favorite palettes are found at Kuskovo, a pre-revolutionary summer estate in Moscow. I especially love the crimson drawing room with gilded, apple-green baseboards.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF RED…

In the Russian language, “red” is an archaic word for “beautiful.” In Russian art, red is an important and versatile leitmotif that plays a key role in everything from Byzantine icons to Malyavin’s exuberant paintings of dancing Russian peasants and, of course, Malevich’s minimalist Red Square. In our collection there is an authentic Turkey red, or rouge d’Andrinople, cotton. It has a particularly deep and vibrant hue that can give a space a prominent accent or imbue it with warmth and drama.

 

MY DÉCOR TIPS…

Whether choosing the luxurious option of upholstering bedroom walls for the ultimate French château effect or simply putting the right mix of pillows in an otherwise minimalist setting, one can make any room come to life with textiles.

 

THE BEST PART OF STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS IS…

The complete control over your creative vision and, of course, over your work hours. I have five young children and cooking the family dinner is a daily ritual that is not to be missed!