In an age of mass manufacturing, there's something extra special about purchasing a product with the knowledge that it's been lovingly crafted by the hands of a real human. Whether it's a leather belt, ceramic vase or suede sneakers, a handcrafted item promises a rare sense of character and unparalleled quality. That's why we're placing the spotlight on handwoven rugs. Hand-weaving is a time-consuming process that requires a hefty amount of artisanal skill and experience, but the result is second-to-none. For a unique floor furnishing solution, consider a handwoven rug. Here are three of our favourites to get you started.
BODEM rugs is a newly launched brand that specialises in producing handwoven jute rugs, favouring the 'golden fibre' for its biodegradable, compostable and recyclable qualities. Taking a stand against waste, over-production and unethical labour, the brand produces its rugs on a made-to-order basis. Choose the size, shape and colour and La Bodem's team of weavers in Bangladesh will work their magic.
The team behind British homewares label Polkra have made it their mission to travel the world seeking out the very best in raw materials, designs and craftsmanship. To produce this flat weave cotton rug, they travelled to India, where it was handwoven according to the traditional Dhurrie style.
Swedish brand Nordic Knots is fast making a name for itself as a key player in the world of handwoven rugs. Its classic jute rugs are ethically handmade in India with irregular details to create beautiful imperfections that make each rug one-of-a-kind. The hardy jute fabric offers durability and a texture that ages beautifully. Read our interview with Nordic Knots' founders to learn more about the brand's design influences.
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