That may be a strong statement considering that we are talking about two vendors among what seems like thousands, but Bulgarian pottery is now proudly showcased at the New York International Gift Show.

Having visited Bulgaria and the town at which most of this whimsical pottery is shaped, double-fired, and painted, I am thrilled that this proud Balkan craft is at the Javits Center and Pier 94.

Two vendors, Bulgarian Pottery and Gifts (featured here) and Bulgar, have pottery and other goods, including rugs, beads, and wool products, displayed this week.

The Gift Show is colorful, indulgent, and fascinating in the tens of thousands of products that will end up in shelves from Provincetown to Palm Springs. Forgive my bias, but the tableware from Bulgaria, with patterns that evoke the Middle Eastern evil eye, peacocks, and teardrops (appropriate for a region that has suffered through so many conquerors) has stolen my heart.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.