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Contemporary handmade soft furnishings from India & Nepal

New Lhotse and Nuptse Radhi Rugs

Karen Sear ShimaliComment
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Our amazingly resilient weavers in Nepal recently delivered a batch of our new hand woven radhi rugs, designed in London by Stitch by Stitch, inspired by the weavers' traditional patterns.

Radhi are heavy, felt blankets which are commonly worn and used as floor coverings in Nepal.  Stitch by Stitch's radhi collection reinterprets traditional motifs to create modern, geometric rug designs.

Our radhis are hand woven in Nepal by a community of weavers and spinners.  The artisans weave on traditional back strap looms, using the thick wool from their own flock of mountain Baruwhal sheep.  It took us over a year to track down the weavers, with the help of SABAH Nepal, an organisation which works towards strengthening the livelihoods of marginalised, home-based workers.

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The thin woven strips are sewn together, and then washed in hot water which felts the wool, and brings the whole design together.

New Lhotse small radhi rug (top left), approx 144 x 166cm
New Nuptse large radhi rug (top right), approx 207 x 225cm

The wool is undyed, and remains its natural colour

The wool is undyed, and remains its natural colour

Sorting wool for spinning

Sorting wool for spinning

See the full collection here.

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