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Monday, April 27, 2020 - 9:41am
Design with Intention series: Where is my rug made?

Rugs have a history rooted in ancient times. And thanks to the new constructions and fibers, the traditional art of rug weaving has evolved into a more prominent element in today's interior fashion. The change is constant, and at times, difficult to keep up with — which is why we thought to curate some relatable episodes from Mafi's expert team of buyers, designers and weavers to shine some light on the matter! We call it “Design with Intention”. Whether you’re in the market to buy a new rug, or you’re an interior designer trying to learn the fundamentals, we hope to provide some valuable content to help you “design with intention... from the ground up!”

Where is my rug made?

Wool and rugs drying in IndiaThe five most prominent manufacturing countries are Nepal, Egypt, India, China and Turkey. Like any other industry, each country has its comparative advantages. India, for example, is the world’s leader in hand-tufted rugs because of their skilled labor. Egypt, on the other hand, has the proper infrastructure and knowledge to create a large volume of machine made rugs, and Nepal (the home of Mafi’s Signature rug collections) is well-known for producing hand-knotted rugs.

Nepali Rugs

Most Nepali rugs are made using Himalayan wool with elaborate designs paired with perfectly mellowed tones of colors. Rug weaving in Nepal dates back all the way to the 16th century, finding the spotlight during the British invasion in the 19th century. Today, these rugs are some of the most sought-after among interior designers and rug connoisseurs alike.