The Peaceable Kingdom

International Art

Holiday 2016

Nativities, Menorahs, Judaica and Ornaments for the Holiday Season

Wishing you…serenity, hope, joy, grace, and peace…this holiday season.

We are showing nativities from around the world, menorahs and judaica, and ornaments for this season and always. Support fair trade artisans in Haiti, Kenya, Peru, Mexico, India, and more.

Over 100 folk art nativity scenes for sale, clearly fabricated from whatever materials the practitioners happen to have access to.

On the Hundredth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me…

Leave it to the good folks at Peaceable Kingdom at 116 Ives Street to outdo themselves for the holidays. While many stores are content to have one, maybe two, nativity scenes in their windows for Christmas, the always imaginative Fox Point emporium is offering over 100 separate nativities brought in from around the world. To be more specific, there will be clay ones from Kenya, Mexico, Vietnam; alabaster from Peru; paper mache from Peru and India; carved wood from Tanzania, Indonesia and Guatemala; sand cast beads from Ghana; and soapstone from Kenya and India…It’s definitely worth checking out. (Posted


About Our Name and Mission

The Peaceable Kingdom turned 35 in September, 2015. Originally we chose our name, The Peaceable Kingdom, primarily because the Quaker painter Edward Hicks (1780-1849) was a folk artist, and folk arts are our focus. The earliest versions of Edward Hicks’ Peaceable Kingdom paintings (he painted over 100 and 62 remain) were based on a biblical print pictorializing the Isaiah vision in which natural enemies are reconciled…”and the lion shall lay down with the lamb.”  As a writer reviewing an exhibit of his work said: ‘Hicks probably felt more in hopeful tune with “…a world that wasn’t quite this world and that operated by its own pictorial laws.”‘ The arts and creations of humankind reside beautifully together.

Here at Peaceable Kingdom, we started out with a celebration of and a relaxed adventure in handmade tribal textiles and kilims – flat woven oriental rugs – personally selected by the Ritchie family in Turkey and North Africa. After many years, we have sadly recognized the decreased role of their traditional uses due to modernization, political unrest and the impact of unfair trade. Thus, our response to these changes has shifted to preservation and support of wonderful programs which use rug production to help build schools in troubled areas.

We have changed in more ways than this: by increasingly supporting the many fair trade programs which have blossomed around the world; by expanding our collection of traditional ethnic costumes and accessories; and by finding beautiful examples of many different folk arts on our travels. We have also found fun ways to introduce cultural holidays accompanied by annual exhibits of fabulous folk art: we have an altar, exhibit and sugar skull workshops celebrating the Mexican El Dia de los Muertos; we exhibit Thangkas (Tibetan scroll paintings), singing bowls and lots more to honor Losar, Tibetan New Year; and we exhibit art made from recycled items, musical instruments, paintings and so much more. We have participated in Providence’s Gallery Night for more than 13 years, enjoying the sharing of this art with new people every month.

We’ve watched the world shift to a different way of ‘shopping’ and we want to continue to provide an alternative where you can touch, feel, and hear stories about the wondrous works which peacefully reside in The Peaceable Kingdom, made by hands all around the world.


Peaceable Kingdom

116 Ives Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02906



Gallery Owners : The Ritchie Family
Tues-Sat 11am-6pm
and by appointment


About The Peaceable Kingdom

In September of 1980, Joan and Phil Ritchie first opened the doors of The Peaceable Kingdom. They had fallen in love with kilims and tribal weavings from Turkey and needed a reason to return and collect more and more. They found many reasons, as the communities of Providence and beyond seemed to share their appreciation for folk arts from Central Asia and other parts of the globe. The collections grew, and over the years brought the Ritchie family to more than 35 countries on 5 different continents to buy from artisans, cooperatives and fair trade organizations.

The Ritchie family has continued collecting, traveling and sharing folk art from around the world. The Peaceable Kingdom is a place where stories come alive – where art created within cultural traditions transports the viewer to exotic lands. Talk with a Peruvian curandero (folk healer) by looking into a retablo depicting a healing ceremony. Visit a Central Asian woman by admiring the sosani (embroidery) she created to decorate her nomadic tent. Hear the Sepik River ancestral myth carved into a story board from Papua New Guinea. You will also find…

– Rugs, pillows and tribal weavings
– Jewelry new and old
– Ethnic clothing and accessories
– African masks and statuary
– Haitian paintings
– Latin American folk art
– Musical instruments
– Puppets and folk toys
– Nativity scenes from around the world
– Dia de los Muertos collectibles

What they’re saying about this store:

Michele FryerSome of the best people and business owners I’ve ever met! Amazing collection of jewelry and decor from around the world 🙂


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  • Peaceable Kingdom displays handwoven baskets as part of the June 18 Gallery Night Providence.
    Gallery Night Providence
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    Peaceable Kingdom
  • Tibetan Singing Bowls, Sacred Sculpture, Kilims
    Tibetan Singing Bowls, Sacred Sculpture, Kilims
  • Folk Art of the Andes
    Folk Art of the Andes
  • African One-Piece Carved Wooden Stool
    African One-Piece Carved Wooden Stool
  • Visit Peaceable Kingdom on Gallery Night Thursday July 21st from 5 to 9 pm.
    Gallery Night Providence



• November 1, 2016

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