Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Happy Rug

In November, I was contacted by a representative of Sukhi, purveyors of handmade rugs, asking if I was interested in a collaboration.


I have been asked about collaborations before and in only two other cases have I accepted because I didn't think the other products were a good fit for my blog or my decorating style.


Scrolling through the Sukhi website evoked memories of my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica when I taught school dropouts ranging from 15 to 70 years old.


Watching the video (click here) of the Sukhi team in Nepal made me wish that I had developed a similar program to help my students.


I liked what I saw and read about the company so I agreed to the collaboration and I was asked to choose my 3 favorites.


My first choice was a Berber pattern called Aicha which is made in Morroco.


My second choice was another Morrocan Berber rug in the Khadija pattern.


My third choice, and my very favorite, was a felt ball rug from Nepal in the color Jass.


In December, I was contacted to say that Sukhi would be sending me the Jass in a 80 x 100cm rug and that it would take about 4 weeks for it to be ready.


Over the last few weeks, this sweet lady was working her fingers to the bone to create my rug. 


I love that I was given her name, found her picture on the Sukhi website and was able to send an email to thank her for her hard work - got a response the same day that almost no one sends an email and that it would be translated and shared with Ram Maya Lama.


If you have visited my blog before, I am sure you are not surprised that I wanted the rug in red - it's so soft and feels great beneath bare feet.


 I am impressed with the quality of the felt balls and the sewing of the balls together - my hands would not survive the sewing of even 10 balls together.


I really would love to keep the rug in the entry because it pops against my white walls, floor and cabinet, but the clearance of the door doesn't allow it so the rug found a home in the guest room.


If you are in the market for a new rug, please check out Sukhi - not only would you get a beautiful hand made rug, but you would be helping a woman in a third world country improve her life and that of her family.


Lulu definitely thinks getting a Sukhi rug is a good idea.

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26 comments:

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

What a lovely rug and with so much meaning. It looks like something I would love to dig my feet into ;) Glad Lulu likes it, she looks very content.

Mary

Linda said...

It is a BEAUTIFUL rug! I’m glad you have it and I love how you made it such a personal experience! No straight forward business deal for you! And of course you would choose red!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love the red rug and the story!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

I think Lulu has claimed it for sure! Rug is lovely and the story behind it is precious!

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

Carol, a question: the pale green frame on the wall - if you painted this, what color is the paint? I'm dying to paint something that color. Thanks.

The Sketchy Reader said...

That rug is so cute, and it's perfect for your cottage! I'm so happy you got the red one!

Susie said...

Carol, This is so interesting. I have to say your rug is perfect. Lulu certainly thinks so too. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

Rita C. said...

Oh, Carol, what a perfect rug for your home!

podso said...

That would be a purchase with a purpose. I love the rug and the color and you have represented the company so well!

Stacey said...

Love it! I can imagine how soft it must be with the puffy ball design.

Kim said...

I love everything about this...the rug, the color, the story of the women and the company...fabulous! And lucky you!

Jeanna said...

What a great story. The rug is beautiful.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Carol I love your rug and the color you chose is so beautiful with the white backdrop. I have read about these beautiful rugs and the whole process is incredible. I'm so glad that you shared this.
Have a HAPPY DAY! Jo

Leslie Harris said...

So glad Lulu approves of your bright pretty rug.

xo

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Carol,
What a great cause and this rug is perfect for your cottage. Lulu approves too. Too cute. Wow to sew all those balls together by hand is something. Cherish that beautiful rug. Your sweet artist did put so much of herself into making this. This is a wonderful cause. Hoping over there.
Hugs,
Kris

Sarah said...

Love this kind of art! Look like Lulu has claimed it for her own. Perfect!

Melanie said...

That rug is beautiful and so perfect in your home! I will definitely check out the web site. I love that it's handmade and that the profits go to help women in need.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

A perfect choice for your now ALL WHITE cottage! Lulu makes me laugh so hard; she OWNS the place! Gorgeous red!

HWIT BLOGG said...

What a lovely rug! Love that colour :) Great post from you...
Have a happy weekend, take care.
Titti

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Nice home and cute dog.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a wonderful rug and that lady worked so hard on it. It is truly a act of love.

Looks like Lulu is liking the rug too. It goes so well in your beautiful cottage.

Take care.

Mary

Sylvia said...

Carol, Felt balls are so popular this year. Perfect color and texture. I see Lulu loves it too. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

How wonderful for the direct contact. Seems there are very few chances for person to person contact with people creating in other countries. This website is a wonderful inspiration. Thanks for letting us know about it.

Down by the sea said...

Lulu has good taste! Sarah x

Brenda Pruitt said...

I've never seen a felt ball rug! And in red! How pretty it is.
Brenda

Jann Olson said...

Really love the felt ball rug Carol! What an amazing company. I love that you were able to find her photo and send her an e-mail. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann