What Travel Momento Holds a Favored Place at Home?

What Travel Momento Holds a Favored Place at Home?

Colleen Quinn
Jul 20, 2010

We have been covering travel and escapes all month, sharing ways to decorate with travel posters, talking about working travel collections into home decor, even promoting the joys of decorating with globes. So many of you have shared stories of your own travels and the ways they have enhanced your home decor that we just had to ask about your favorite travel momento.

I am lucky enough to have a job that takes me around the world, and offers me lots of opportunities to collect wonderful reminders of my travels. Though I love all of my travel momentos, I must confess that I do have some favorites. The Turkish lamps my sister and I picked up from an enthusiastic seller in a back alley of the Grand Bazaar, the kimono my husband and I purchased at a dinky secondhand store outside Hiroshima, the Bohemian glass brandy snifters I bought in Prague from an old couple at an Easter festival- all these pieces have a treasured place in my home.

By far my favorites though are the Persian and Afghan carpets I collected in my time in Kuwait. Each purchase was marked by long conversations with "the rug guys" Hussein and Ali who served cup after cup of hot tea while they slowly but surely created more educated customers. Each rug I bought adds to the beauty of my home, or to the homes of my family and friends, but despite how much I love the way they look, it is the memories that they call up the make them truly my favorites.

You might pick your favorite momento because of the ways it looks in your home, or because of the story behind it, or because the trip in question was the best (or maybe worst) you ever took- whatever the reason this travel momento is so special, we want to hear all about it. Feel free to post a link to a picture if you can.

(Image: Colleen Quinn- Hussein and Ali's in Kuwait City)

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