Karigar Rustic Woven Rug
Article Number 16675
Please note that the rug can shed at the beginning.
Tradition Meets Modernity. Blanket or Rug.
For nomadic peoples, rugs have several functions: they are used as a warming shawl or bed cover, but often they are laid out on the floor as a rug or hung up for a partition in the tent. Based on this tradition, the rugs are usually woven in a heavy, rustic quality and can serve a variety of purposes.
In our part of the world, any nomadic activity is usually limited to commuting between house and garden, or permanent home and holiday home. But when you're away from home, a versatile rug or blanket can be invaluable. As a warming floor rug or comfortable picnic blanket, it can protect against the cold ground and to a limited degree against the damp grass in the summer. In the winter, it can be used as a cosy sofa throw or even as ad hoc bedding when visitors stay over. In this case, however, a bed cover should always be used because although soft as a floor rug, it does not make the most comfortable of blankets.
The Merino wool comes from sheep that live and graze high up in the Himalayan mountains – without pesticides or feed supplements. Because of the rough climate and fodder with which the animals are fed, the wool is slightly stronger and coarser than the Australian variety. It is locally hand-spun and woven and also felted to give the fabric a denser, more robust structure.
Dutch Design – Indian Craftsmanship: Karigar.
At Karigar, the designs of Dutch designer Jolijn Fiddelaers blend with India's textile tradition: Karigar’s textile goods are produced in India and Indian weaving techniques play a key role in the design. The still fledgeling Amsterdam-based company focuses on the use of high-grade materials and craftsmanship, combined with a mission to pay the Indian weavers fair wages. In India, the textile production traditionally lies in the hands of women, and Karigar’s fair wages make a contribution to secure their long-term livelihood.
Balancing all of these objectives requires considerable effort and dedication. Karigar staffers visit the production sites regularly and stay in close contact with the women. For Jolijn Fiddelaers, textile designer at Karigar, it is essential to work with the weavers on the designs; together they create a synergy of current knowledge and traditional techniques and patterns: material, design and production are coordinated on site, and materials can be inspected and tested at any time.
Raw materials, merino wool, cotton, and nettle bast fibres, are procured from traditional sources: Merino wool, for example, comes from Australian sheep which were introduced to Uttarakhand years ago and now live and graze high up in the Himalayan Mountains (where pesticides and feed supplements are unknown and would be unaffordable anyway). Their wool feels slightly coarser than the Australian variety as a result of the rough climate and fodder. The cotton and nettle plants are grown without the use of chemicals.
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