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Traditional crafts from a 21st-century e-store

An eclectic online boutique of handcrafted housewares

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Traditional crafts from a 21st-century e-store

September 21 2010
Charlotte Abrahams

Niki Jones is an e-shop that will delight lovers of all things handmade. Launched last year with the aim of providing a collection of furniture and home accessories that celebrates traditional crafts but also embraces the far-reaching possibilities of the web, niki-jones.co.uk is an eclectic boutique of gorgeous things.

Among them: Bramble throws hand knitted in Scotland from the softest lambswool and finished with the sweetest little pompoms (second picture, £375), bone inlay chests from Rajasthan sporting handles made from carved camel bone (first picture, £1,495; rest assured that the bone comes from camels that have died of natural causes), and 300-thread-count cotton percale bed linen packed in its own hand-sewn cotton bag (from £99.50 for a king-size duvet cover).

With such an admirable array of products and artefacts to browse through, shopping here may take some time. I couldn’t resist clicking through each of the seven departments or reading chapter three of The Story where I discovered that those chests of drawers are made up of several thousand pieces of bone and take a team of craftsmen a month to complete. But the buying process is a click-and-pay breeze and most goods will arrive on your doorstep two days later.