Metsovo, Greece

A few years ago my Greek husband, small daughter and I went on a magical trip that took us from Athens, passing through Delphi, Karditza, Meteora, Metsovo, Zagoroxoria, Ionnina and finally on to visit family in Corfu. In the next three blogs, I will write about that trip taken over Easter, and of the wonderful colours, light, fabrics and ideas it introduced me to.

The village of Metsovo, high up the in the Pindus mountains in northern Greece, is famous for its embroidery, cheeses and wine. It's those traditional fabrics- dark, thick, turgid, rough to the skin and quite clearly of cool, mountainous climes- that I've posted here. The fabrics and colours typical of Metsovo followed us on to Zagoroxoria (next week's blog). Used liberally in hotels, they are clearly representative of a whole region, but derived from this small town.

The heart of Metsovo 

The heart of Metsovo 

I lost myself a good while in the upstairs shop of Boúbas Apostólis. He sells a large variety of antique fabrics and clothes from different local sources, all with a good tale behind them.  

Boubas Apostolis' shop is cave of fabulous textiles

Boubas Apostolis' shop is cave of fabulous textiles

The Katogi winery owned by the Averoff family should not be missed. We spent a luxurious night in the adjoining hotel; a huge room complete with a bottle of their celebrated house red for drinking by its fireplace, and these beautiful cushions and throws, typical of Metsovo. 

Bedroom at the Katogi Averoff Hotel & Winery

Bedroom at the Katogi Averoff Hotel & Winery

Here are some more wonderful examples, albeit appallingly photographed! 

Metsovo rugs

Metsovo rugs

Patterns that echo those of the Caucasus 

Patterns that echo those of the Caucasus 

Subdued colours 

Subdued colours 

Here is my absolute favourite- a couple of ottomans used in hotel in Zagoraxoria. They are fashioned in a Metsovo style using the same thick wool, but presumably customised using brighter colours than would traditionally be used. I have looked long and hard for their source of origin! Any ideas? 

Custom-made ottomans using Metsovo-inspired fabrics & techniques 

Custom-made ottomans using Metsovo-inspired fabrics & techniques