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Rouveure Tibetan Rugs
Rouveure is a strong advocate for Fair Trade rather than Aid
and is a member of RUGMARK, a world organisation monitoring
child labour and
working conditions in rug production.
dealing personally and fairly with individual craftsmen / women
to cut out the middlemen.
result is a product of far superior quality than from high street
at an often lower price for the consumer.
For over 25 years Alain has closely monitored the production of
so-called "Tibetan" rugs destined for sale in the west.
demand creates a fickle mass market in which hybrid "chinesey" or "persiany"
designs, or simply commercial decorative
patterns, replace many traditional
Not so at Alain Rouveure Galleries
1979 Alain Rouveure has researched and documented over
450 ancient rug designs
from Tibet. Each has a story inspired
by nature, folklore, the mystical symbols
of Tibetan Buddhism.
Frequently bold, strong, vibrant and cheerful, sometimes
they have evolved over the centuries through the efforts of resilient
and lively people - inhabitants of the vast moon-like landscape
Rugs - a design guide
national flower of Tibet
- purity, Phoenixes - rebirth
Dragons - bringing much needed rain to
Snow lions - Tibet's
national animal and guardian
- keeping bad spirits at bay
the Tibetan rugs specially commissioned and sold under
Alain Rouveure's label
are hand-knotted in Tibetan wool exclusively.
This superior sheep's wool has
been spun by hand and traditionally
dyed following ancient recipes using only
plants and minerals.
the galleries any one time,
you will find over 200 rugs
to suit all
room sizes, shapes, designs and colours.
our rugs come a label telling
the story of its design, the pigments used and
the names of the weavers involved in the production.
Tibetan and Nepalese friends
work the dyed hand-spun wool in an average 80
knots per square inch.
They recreate the traditional designs
into rugs of superb
quality, and the next
of collectors' rugs is born.
Bahadur at his loom
striking colours in all the rugs
are provided by nature and derive
plants like indigo (blue),
rhubard root and Berberis
(yellows), walnut skins and roots (browns), madder root and the
nest of cochineal (reds) to name
but a few. And remember,
with over 25 years of successful worldwide trading, Alain Rouveure's
label is not only a sure sign of quality,
it is also a guarantee that...
use harmful chemicals
no environmentally damaging synthetic dyes
involved in production methods;
a guarantee too few producers and retailers