In the video you can see where and how the carpets in Nepal are made. All our carpets are produced in the traditional hand knotted method in the company of our Co-Founder, Tashi Lama’s uncle. Carpet making is an art and traditional craft that originally found its way from Tibet to Nepal. Today, Nepal is one of the most important hand knotted carpet manufacturers. Our carpet production in Nepal has 90 employees, most of them women. The accommodation, clean drinking water and electricity are provided within the factory premises and funded by the company. There is a day care center on the premises and the school for all children is funded by the carpet production.
If you wish to make a carpet from us you can choose from our own designs with the proposed colors and sizes. Any of those designs you can also change to the colors and size you wish. Of course, you can also send us your own design idea and we make you a specific offer for your carpet. We are also happy to welcome you in our showroom so you can have a look at carpets or to visit you at your home to see what kind of carpet would fit best. Just contact us!
My new carpet is a great pleasure! Many thanks - also to the ingenious weavers in Nepal! I especially wish them many new orders, because they are doing a wonderful job. A really unique product, it just looks fantastic in my living room.
Susanne B., St. Gallen
For a long time I was looking for a suitable and robust carpet for my kitchen area. At TGIFW I saw the great star carpet. Carmen and Tashi Lama came to my home and we made the colours and sizes to fit for my kitchen. The carpet has become really great and every now and then I consciously take off finches and socks because it feels so nice to walk barefoot over it.
Rahel G., St. Gallen
A carpet to play, romp, pause, dance, be. And the best thing about it, apart from its optical beauty and visual versatility, is its complete and transparent origin. Starting with the competent advice by Carmen and Tashi, to the information of the individual production steps, up to the personal! Delivery to our living room.
Knot by knot, made especially for us, and loved by young and old.
We are enthusiastic about the quality and the sustainability of such a carpet from TGIFW, the experience of the process, the waiting for our carpet and the pleasant "living on it".
Family Tannheimer, St.Gallen
Everything has a starting point and for the carpet it is the design. We want each carpet that is produced to have some personal touch. A design can be an inspiration from any picture you took, a painting or a motif. Once the design is finalized, it helps us to decide the size and the colours. And we have various weaving techniques to make the carpet look even more beautiful and unique. For the customers to have an idea of how the final product will look, we give a visualization of the carpet so that any changes can be done even before a single wool is woven. This helps both the customers and us in saving time and producing the desired carpet.
Choose your fabric
Wool, banana silk, linen or hemp?
For our production of carpets, we use wool, hemp, nettle and banana silk. The selected design also decides which material will be the best for the carpet. The visualization of carpet can also be done according to the different material available.
Color your life
We use Azo Free Swiss dye as it helps in getting the exact colours and is eco-friendly. But we do have vegetable dyeing as well, but colour variation is the characteristics of vegetable dyeing and it fades a little. The undyed wool is the most natural dyeing but colour availability is limited.
A ball of wool for each color
The dyed wool is dried and hand spun into single ball for each colour. It makes it easier to sort out colours as each ball is given a single code for the weaving process.
Knot by knot
The first stage of weaving begins with making a cotton frame in the loom. Tibetan technique in which the yarn is knotted around the vertical warp threads and a metal rod is used for all our carpets. Once the wool is wrapped around the full length of the rod, it is hammered below and cut along the rod. This makes each knot a single tie around the cotton frame. This gives strength and longevity to the carpets. This process continues through the whole length of the carpet and the duration depends on the intricate designs and the numbers of colours used.
Waiting for the good weather
When the weaving is over is goes to the next stage of being washed and dried. The stretching of carpet is done while being dried. This process helps in giving the carpet the stretch as it has been in loom for some months or weeks while weaving.
and shipping to your home
After the process of washing and stretching, the clipping is done to distinguish each colour and patterns. The final process includes binding the both end of the carpet with the matching colour yarn. And our carpet is ready to shipped to your home.
We are STEP certified
human in the center of attention
Label STEP is the fair trade label for handmade carpets.
As a certified Label STEP partner, we are committed to meeting Fair Trade standards in carpet production and contribute to the sustainability of the carpet industry.
By purchasing a fair trade carpet you help to improve the living conditions of the people who produced it.
Label STEP is more than just a label. Addressing the roots of the carpet industry's complex challenges requires solution-oriented approaches. Label STEP was founded in 1995 in Switzerland and is committed to the well-being of weavers and workers in the production of handmade carpets. The fair trade standards of the non-profit organisation cover basic human rights, including the prohibition of child labour, fair wages and environmentally friendly production methods. Certified Label STEP partners undertake to allow independent controls throughout their supply chains. Label STEP actively supports producers in the implementation of improvement measures and strengthens weavers and workers with educational opportunities covering a wide range of topics from health and safety to financial literacy. The combination of these approaches strengthens the sustainability of the industry and helps to preserve centuries-old handicrafts. STEP is the only non-governmental organisation of its kind active in all major handmade carpet manufacturing countries.
Learn more about STEP
Here you find our latest carpet collection.
Questions, ideas or wish for an individual offer?
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