Irth Designs Ltd

About Us

Irth Designs is a range of beautiful homewares, gifts and accessories lovingly sourced from Egypt and beyond. The Arabic word Irth means ‘inheritance’ or ‘transfer of possessions’ – representing the idea that beautiful, well-made objects will be treasured and passed on to others for their enjoyment.

The concept for Irth Designs was thought up while our founding director, artist & designer Olivia Bishop, was doing a community focused artist residency in Cairo in 2014. She started to put together a collection of interesting handmade objects and textiles, rarely seen back home in the UK, to decorate her rather spartan art studio and the collecting (& travelling!) has continued since then.

Irth Designs stocks many objects hand-selected by Olivia on her travels in Egypt, Morocco, Italy and of course the UK: handmade and unusual jewellery, homewares, textiles (wall hangings, cushions, rugs) and accessories. We also have a range of cards and stationery by local artists.

Olivia has often met and bought products directly from the makers, ensuring excellent fairtrade conditions where possible – and where she is unable to visit suppliers directly, she carefully chooses products from companies who share a similar ethos.

Irth Designs opened its store in June 2018 in George Street, a beautiful pedestrian street in the heart of Hastings Old Town on the South East coast of England.