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March 13, 2015

Sandra Stambaugh orange runner

From an early age, Barbara Zaretsky seemed to have an affinity for beautiful fabrics and design. She made clothes for her dolls, and later, for herself. Now the textile designer creates hand-made accessories in fresh, contemporary patterns and colors to complement your home – and you.

The company: Zaretsky began BZDesign in Chicago in 1980. The company is now based in Asheville, NC.

The founder: Barbara Zaretsky is a textile artist and the director of Cloth Fiber Workshop, a textile learning center, in Asheville. Originally from the Chicago area, she studied textile design at Northern Illinois University and the Art Institute of Chicago, and Art History at the University of Illinois, continuing her education at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

The main goods: Home goods, including: pillows ($95 to $218 and shown below); table runners ($125 to $280, shown above); and wall textiles ($450 to $2,000).

Other favorites: Scarves ($135 to $172); shawls ($295 to $350); tea towels ($38.50); and napkin sets ($120). There are four, 18-inch-squared napkins in a set

Materials: Sustainable fabrics, including hand-woven Peace silk (humanely harvested without harm to the silkworms) is a beautiful fabric with a soft drape, unbleached linen, and locally milled or organic cottons. For the warm earthy palette of her hand-dyed fabrics, she uses plant dyes including: cutch, madder root, pomegranate, indigo and weld.

What’s popular: Pillows and scarves

What’s new: A block-printed tulip pattern and spring palette

Where to buy:

In Atlanta, at the annual American Craft Council show (booth 405) March 13-15 at the Cobb Galleria (

In Asheville, NC, at BZDesign Studio,122 Riverside Drive, Studio #D, in the popular River Arts District.


Textiles by Barbara Zaretsky

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