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twice yearly visits to
the Himalayas, Alain Rouveure collects works from craftsmen
he admires, and sells them worldwide at exhibitions, his "Tibetan
Rugs in Exile" lectures and from his Galleries in the Cotswolds. Most
items on sale, especially his Tibetan rugs,
are commissioned by him.
believes that business does not have to be driven by
profits at all costs.
New or old, each item in his Galleries
is unique and has been selected for
its quality, its obvious
visual appeal and the ethical nature of its production
no harmful chemicals
minimal impact on a fragile environment
no looting of temples in search of antiques...
1977, having worked a trained graphic and interior
designer / consultant
in both his his native France
and England, Alain settled in the UK.
the rat race, he then travelled extensively across
the Indian subcontinent
during 1979 / 80, studying
textiles and designs.
trekking in Nepal, he became absorbed in the different
cultures of the Himalayas.
He met and befriended a family of
Tibetan refugees, staying with them for
several months to learn
about their vegetable dyeing and rug making techniques.
better than Aid
returned home determined to promote their rich and
little known traditions
and extraordinary skills by
commissioning works of high quality and great
selling them across the world.
principal interest is in the small community of Tibetan
craftsmen and craftswomen
he has been sponsoring since 1979.
of these people are exiles living in Nepal, a result of
China forcibly and
illegally occupying Tibet since the 1950's.
his help and support, they are able to continue producing
rugs with materials and methods
established over more than 1,000 years.
supports RUGMARK against child labour and his Tibetan
and Nepalese suppliers
are members of the International Trademark
for Child Labour Free Carpets.
his commissioning of very high quality works from
craftsmen and craftswomen,
and through his lectures all over
Europe, Alain Rouveure aims to ensure that
Tibetan and Himalayan traditional arts and crafts can not only
there, but also be appreciated here.
increasing interest in Britain and the West has helped to
resist the immediate
threat to these tiny traditional industries,
it is very possible that these
unique art forms could be lost for ever.
The combination of centuries-old
designs and expert
loving craftsmanship produces works of art which crave
attention for their very survival.