22 October 2015

FAIRTRADE FELT BALL RUGS FOR THE HOME

Although we haven't got the wooden floors I constantly dream of in our flat, it doesn't stop me lusting after beautiful rugs to transform my space. We recently had the flooring in our hallway, bathroom and kitchen replaced after a water pipe went haywire *hello lovely new floor* and as much as a rug wouldn't be practical in these spaces, it didn't stop me lusting over beautiful pieces online.

I am a huge fan of artisan products, independent stores, interesting stories and anything that helps the people often forgotten about in the manufacturing process. So when I was approached by Sukhi I was intrigued by the company's values and mission to only engage in fairtrade practices with artisans abroad.

fairtrade felt ball rugs


Each eco-friendly Felt Ball Rug is handcraft and each is one composed of hundreds or thousands of little hand-rolled and sun-dried balls made out of pure wool using only natural dyes. The Nepalese artisans makes each and every felt rug by hand, and as they are available in so many colour combinations you to match it to your interior design tastes.

As I'm all about the Scandi style, I picked out the Sunita Rectangle Ivory Grey Felt Ball Rug and I was happy to wait a while for delivery knowing that my rug was being handmade, and I loved the addition of the label showing the woman that put the love and dedication into this piece for my home, in fact if you click here you can see the lovely Radhika Lama who made our rug.

Fairtrade eco-friendly felt ball rug
I really love the colour combination in each individual felt ball and love the overall feel of this hand stitched rug. I tried the rug on the new flooring to see how it would look an immediately F took a shine to it, saying it felt 'super comfy and warm' and he may have coveted it for his room now as he loves putting his bare feet on it in the morning.

Ivory grey felt ball rug

I'm also really happy that the workshops in which these woman work, earn roughly 2 to 3 times the average salary for the area, making me feel like I've invested into their community and help support fair working standards in Kathmandu. Below is a short video about the making process and I would definitely take a peek, I'm always in awe of people who can create such beautiful products!


Sukhirugs.com - How to make a felt ball rug from Sukhi on Vimeo.


Sukhi is a social enterprise that sells high-quality, design rugs. Each rug is a beautiful piece of art that is handmade by our artisans in Nepal, Turkey, India, and Morocco. I can't wait to chek out their new pieces and have my eye on this one.

I was really pleased to work with such a fab company in creating a rug for me to showcase on the blog and spread the good word. Do you support eco-friendly fairtrade products?

*I was sent a rug for review purposes only. All words and thoughts are my own.


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19 comments

  1. This looks lovely and cosy, it's nice to have a rug that is substantial enough that it doesn't buckle and you can be as comfy on the floor as on the sofa! xx

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    1. It is so cosy and we love it! Also it's like getting a mini massage for your feet! x

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  2. These look amazing! I've seen something similar on Pinterest but I just wouldn't have the patience!

    Becca

    www.QueenBeeBecca.com

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    1. So true although. They are lush but I wouldn't have a clue where to start to attempt to make one?! Also I love that this supports a community with fair pay. x

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  3. Omg that rug looks so comfortable and soft x

    Www.esttrill.ac.uk

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    1. It really is and I love how ethically made it is. I feel like I'm investing in art rather than a rug! x

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  4. I love felt ball rugs and have been coveting one for a while, love the colours and the fact it's fairtrade is such an added bonus :3

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    1. So true and also a massive bonus that you can design your own colour combo! definitely a win win. x

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  5. Oh, I love it! Gorgeous colours and looks so cosy. Great to hear the story behind it, too xx

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    1. The story is great isn't it! It was watching the video that totally sold it to me, seeing how these amazing women are creating beautiful pieces while being supported by fair wages. x

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  6. Wow, the rug is beautiful and that video was so interesting to see it come together. It's heartwarming to see such lovely working conditions and such love go into each one. Off to have a browse myself now!

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    1. I totally agree, it makes you wonder what awful conditions other products come from. Hope you find one you like. x

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  7. Oh I've heard of these guys! They make those colourful circular ones don't they? Amazing to hear about the process behind them too x

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  8. They look amazing! I love the bright coloured ones, who wouldn't love a rug made of Pom Poms! x

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  9. I love the sound of this - there's nothing like that tactile sensation of getting up and putting bare feet into something which feels lovely. The fact it's Fairtrade as well is wonderful.

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  10. LOVE! I sell a range of felt ball rugs in my store but this design is definitely my favourite

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  11. Dear Lori,

    Thank you for the lovely post, pictures and love for our work here at Sukhi.

    Warm regards,
    Daniela and Sukhi team

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