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Carolina Irving and Daughters

Carolina Irving is a textile designer, best known for her beautiful colourful fabrics, ability to merge patterns and styles from around the world into fabric and ultimately create a beautiful home. 

Born in Venezuela and educated in Paris travel has always been a vital part of her life and work, she’s inspired by museums and culture from around the world. This insight is illustrated within her work and in her home, as depicted in Cabana Issue 4

Inspiration for Carolina is also found in colours she claims “I particularly like fabrics that are easy to live with, look handmade, slightly old and colours that are not jarring, but never beige…I’m not a beige person!”

Carolina has teamed up with her daughters, Olympia and Ariadne. They have combined their shared love for beautiful colours and travel. Finding inspiration in Portugal they have designed the new Carolina Iriving and Daughters home collection, exclusively online at

Asilah is a Moroccan town facing the Atlantic, 40 kilometers to the south of Tangier.

It comes alive in the summer, as the location of an arts festival and an attraction for Moroccan tourism, the place where Tennessee Williams chose to write Suddenly Last Summer.

The home of Ahmed Tligui is one of the last signs of its glory days. Ahmed is an antiquarian, though he has no shop.

He spends the cold months stringing amber and coral to make Berber necklaces and lately he has also created gigantic necklaces for trees using floats from fishing nets found on beaches.

As soon as it is warm enough, he goes out on the sea in a boat, by himself, to fish. He has no telephone, but he is a great connoisseur of Andalusian ceramics.

Today Ahmed is almost certainly the sole inhabitant of Asilah capable of being moved by the beauty of a root, of enjoying the complexity of the spiral shell of a snail, and of confidently identifying a 19th-century table in painted wood as something produced in a workshop in Fez or di Tétouan.

These two houses—Ahmed’s home and the house next door where he works, which he would like to turn into a museum one day—reflect his nature and his career as an aesthete.