Ithaca, a small Greek island situated in the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, is where celebrated South African photographers Gerda Genis and Robbert Koene have transformed an old ruin into a beautiful stone villa – and they brought over Mungo textiles from home to furnish it.
Ithaca is dramatically beautiful, rugged and relatively undeveloped with traditional villages, charming harbours and secluded pebbly beaches. The island is famously mythologized as the homeland of Odysseus, a Greek hero who, after the fall of Troy, spent 10 years searching the seas for Ithaca. After a treacherous journey that included encounters with a Cyclops and multiple shipwrecks he finally finds his way back to Ithaca’s shores. In 2010 a group of archaeologists uncovered the ruins of his palace and now it is believed that the famous Greek epic is anchored in truth.
Villa Kalos is located on 6000 square meters of wild terraced garden, and overlooks olive groves and green mountainous countryside. The villa, with its mix of polished concrete and exposed stone walls, is beautifully decorated with handpicked furnishings and great attention to detail. It is simple yet luxurious. We love seeing our South African woven textiles in this beautiful Greek home.
The beds are covered in Mungo Lace Weave and Charcoal Interlace Throws with linen borders, a breathable layer that offers coolness on those hot Mediterranean summer nights. The kitchen features our classic Natural Toulouse Tablecloth and the Natural on Blue Huck Towels compliment the rustic bathrooms.
More images and information about Villa Kalos can be found here.