Louis Barthélemy

The French textile designer and illustrator Louis Barthélemy leads an enviable life, travelling to gorgeous far-flung locations in search of inspiration. He’s designed prints and patterns for Salvatore Ferragamo, Dior and Gucci, but he’s most happy travelling, exploring, and working with traditional craftsmen. However, instead of merely borrowing ideas and aesthetics as he travels, Louis is interested in preserving ancient crafts. 

Back in 2019, in Cairo (which he now calls home), he collaborated with local artisan Tarek Abdelhay Hafez Abouelenin on a series of khayamiyas — traditional handmade 70-inch-by-70-inch tapestries (which are these days often digitally printed, making it a dying art) — which were sold to hotels and restaurants owned by friends.