Where Man & Nature Meet: An exploration of Nepal’s landscape & crafts

A visit to Nepal alongside Iwan Maktabi sparked an insightful conversation about the interplay between topography and human settlement. This inspired me to delve deeper into the subject, initiating my research by analyzing the distinct valley conditions and their remarkable geological formations. As I delved further, I realized that translating these natural features into the design of home tapestries not only brings the essence of the landscape into our living spaces but also imbues them with a profound sense of place.

Exploring the unique topography of valleys and the human settlements nestled within them.

The art of crafting natural dyes is a captivating and ancient practice dating back over 4,000 years. Before the 20th century, traditional dyes were crafted based on recipes passed down from generation to generation. Among the essential coloring agents, madder played a significant role. This common plant, abundant in the Middle East, serves as the foundation for various shades of red, pink, and purple. The process of making a wool rug begins when unprocessed wool is separated by hand to remove sticks and break up clumps. The wool is then spun into yarn. The yarn becomes twisted and strong enough to be sewn.

Outlining the topography lines and translating them into different carpet piles & colors

The main material used is wool from the Tibetan highlands, one of the highest quality and most robust of all materials. Herdsmen use yaks to bring the wool from the mountains to the base station where it is then washed in the river and subsequently carded (combed) and spun by hand.

In addition to the wool, the finest Chinese silk and yarn made from nettle fibers are used to reflect light in highly appealing way and give the carpets a very special look and feel. Unique natural materials combined with handmade production techniques give each carpet its own character, making it a distinctive creation like no other.