I don’t always have the time to wallk the aisles of the thrift stores, so instead, that’s why I like to browse etsy, occasionally. It’s not just my one-stop shop for homemade items, but also vintage pieces.
I have been digging the southwestern kilim style for awhile now. Truth be told, I can’t get enough of it! Rugs, sweaters, and now this bag! This is a Vintage 1980s T. Cappelli Kilim Handbag. Tim Cappelli, who takes credit for the idea of transforming Oriental-type rugs into purses, belts and shoes, was known for his dhurrie handbags in the 1980s. No two bags, belts or shoes are the same, although the products do have similar color tones. T. Cappelli bags sold for $60 to $400. Although knock-offs can be had for much less, authentic T. Cappelli products can be identified by an 18-karat gold overlay ring.
Cappelli, owner of T. Cappelli, said he developed the dhurrie bag in his garage in 1981. And like Vuitton and Gucci products, other companies quickly copied the look. We now have tons of bags with similar looks, check them out here: