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Wendy at Mottahedeh 4:47 PM • December 7, 2021
We choose to be colorful.
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Wendy at Mottahedeh 4:47 PM • December 7, 2021

We choose to be colorful.

At Mottahedeh, we choose to be colorful. That is for dinnerware or decorative objects for your home.
The historical story is important to us, because it represents the best of a culture of the past. For our reproductions and adaptations of designs, we try to understand the perspective of someone in those times and be true to their idea. For instance, if we are making an adaptation of a dinner plate from the 1750’s we would not take one motif that is repeated six times around the plate and repeat it on the computer. It is quicker. We would paint all six motifs as closely as possible in the hand of the original artist and take a picture of the whole plate after we paint it. We also paint our artwork instead of trying to photocopy. This is because before the Industrial Revolution, there was no mechanical assembly line and the present-day- hastily-copied plate would be a sad replica of a wonderful design.

Most people are drawn to blues as we witness from the type of things that sell the most.
There is a wonderful spot in Wilmette, Illinois, outside of Chicago,  at the Baha'i House of Worship, on edge of Lake Michigan where I was fond of walking in the summer and fall because on most clear evenings the sky over the water would turn a brilliant shade of lavender and periwinkle blue; often  with a touch of pink or yellow in this spot. That memory has become my favorite color, only it was not one color. Now we distribute an elegant dinner pattern from Robert Haviland and C. Parlon Limoges porcelain that is in a dusty violet, a color we love.  We mix it with white creamware and deep aubergine purple.  It is called Sultane.