Elma Exchange is based in Denver, CO and brings handcrafted, artisan-made home decor from around the world into the modern home.
Elma Exchange strives to celebrate artisans and the dedication to their craft by putting their stories at the forefront of each purchase. Their creativity transforms each piece into living works of art that we get to enjoy in our homes.
Our success is tied directly with their work, so we share a percentage of our annual profits with them.
Elma Exchange prioritizes partnering with artisans who weave hand-made textiles, with locally sourced materials and sustainable practices. Our partnering artisans use natural dyes and avoid synthetic yarns.
In our current world of fast fashion that has immense consequences for the health of our planet and people, we seek to reduce waste in home decor. We offer artisanally hand-made quality that is meant to last, and our vintage items bring a new life to previously loved items.
What does Elma Exchange mean?
Elma Exchange's name comes from the Turkish words for apple tea, or elma çayi (pronounced like chai). In Turkish rug shops, the tradition of serving elma çayi generates deeper connections and conversations between a seller and customer. Elma çayi, and the relationships it builds, is the ethos that Elma Exchange hopes to bring to the world of textiles and home decor.
Traditional Weaving Practices for the Modern Home
Our partners use pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals.
Handmade by Artisans
All our artisan-made textiles are handwoven on the traditional looms, such as backstrap and vertical looms.
Supporting Local Communities
We work with female weavers who can work from home, or artisans who partner with community members for material sourcing and production.
The base of our textiles are materials such as cotton, wool, nettle, or vétiver grass. Some artisans even forage for the materials in their local forests.
Meet the Founder
Hi, I'm Karen. Elma Exchange came out of my passion for discovering handcrafted goods and my desire to support talented artisans from around the world. While working in Guatemala for a housing nonprofit, I watched women artfully weave on traditional backstrap looms in their front yards. I learned their stories and heard the aspirations they had for their families. Years later, these interactions inspired Elma Exchange's artisan-centered model.