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Persian Velvet Pillow:
Brand: Kevin O'Brien Studio
Material: 50% silk/50% rayon velvet
Origin: United States
Founded in 1990 by Kevin O’Brien, an architect turned painter, the Philadelphia-based company produces stunning handmade robes, decorative pillows, stuffed animals, and area rugs. Its specialty is devore velvet, also known as velvet burn-out, but it also produces quietly luxurious goods in linen and silk. Yet arguably its greatest pride is its partnerships with artisans located in Mongolia, Vietnam, India, and Nepal. The studio pays them a fair wage for their labor, aims to improve their communities, and works to preserve their traditional textile crafts, including felting and embroidery.