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makeda – the queen of sheba was rumoured to have given King Solomon a magic carpet made of green silk which, shielded from the sun by a canopy of birds and born by the wind, could travel great distances.

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The Story of Makeda Timelessness and persistence lie at the core of Makeda’s design and production philosophy. — Each rug emerges from a collaboration between contemporary design sensibilities and traditional Tibetan-Nepalese knowledge, woven together in the high mountains of Nepal. Made with a quality and craftsmanship that is at odds with disposable consumerism, these rugs are made to last. With a vision to combine art and textile, Makeda was founded in 2009 by Swedish designer Anna Forsberg. By using the space on the floor, rather than the wall, the rug becomes both a canvas and a piece of furniture. Being made by hand and using wools and dyes which age over time, each rug develops a patina and depth that reflect its particular and unique history. It is this sense of a journey, of the traces left by nature and of the potential of collaborative production which define the Makeda rugs.

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Collections repeat odysĂŠe the collector Trees nepal

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Inspiration

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Repeat Interpreted through traditional folkloristic patterns Repeat stages a return to earlier generations’ respect for objects and the act of making. With repetitive patterns created from the geometry of shield bugs, these rugs are intended to be used again and again, loved for their persistence over time. — models: Allmoge, Noveau & Tiles

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model: Allmoge technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 10


model: Noveau technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 11


model: Tiles technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 12


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Odysée Playing on the textural contrast of silk and wool these three rugs portray the odyssey of life. From the anticipating and excited moment just before life bursts, through the vivid movement of life, to the stillness and beauty of silence. — models: Väntan, Färd & Otium

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model: Väntan technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool & Chinese silk size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 16


model: Färd technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool & Chinese silk size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 17


model: Otium technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool & Chinese silk size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 18


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The Collector The Collector is in memory of the designer’s grandfather, who´s butterfly and insect collections have been a source of inspiration throughout the years. Through a formal exploration of the symmetry found in wing forms of moths and cicadas these rugs pass on his appreciation of the beauty in nature´s diversity. —

models: Cikada, Dreamer & Moth

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model: Cikada technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 22


model: Dreamer technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool size: Free (standard 200 × 200 cm) — 23


model: Moth technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 24


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Trees Trees inhabits the boundary between traditional rug design, textile art and tapestry. With figurative and complex designs in terms of colours and gradients, these rugs are truly making use of the warp as a canvas. — models: Oak, Fall & China

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model: Oak technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool & Chinese silk size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 28


model: Fall technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool & Chinese silk size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 29


model: China technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool & Chinese silk size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 30


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Nepal Endless rice fields, clear night skies and grand mountain ranges constitute the undulating topographies of the Nepalese landscape. When sketched in rich colour these rugs provide a sense of expansiveness, clarity and space. —

models: Tara, Himal & Khet

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model: Tara technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 34


model: Himal technique: Hand knotted density: 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool & Chinese silk size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 35


model: Khet technique: Hand knotted density: 80 & 100 knots / sq. inch material: Tibetan wool, banana silk & nettle size: Free (standard 170 × 240 cm) — 36


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Inspiration —

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Production The making of each Makeda rug involves a long, complicated and delicate process, requiring skilled craftsmanship and years of experience. All Makeda rugs are produced in Nepal, where rug weaving constitutes an age-old tradition. The vital processes involved in the making of a rug are wool herding, carding and spinning, dyeing, weaving, trimming and washing. All Makeda rugs are made of pure, natural materials - wool, silk, hemp and other plant fibres. Wool, which is the most frequently used material, is brought to Nepal from the Tibetan highlands, where the sheep have adapted to the harsh climate over centuries. Their wool consists of long fibres and a high amount of lanolin oil, which makes the rugs exceptionally soft and durable. Rugs made with Himalayan wool grow more beautiful over time, developing a silk-like patina with age and use.

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Care instructions Proper and regular care of your Makeda rug is essential to maintain its original texture and appearance. It can add years of life to your rug. If not cleaned regularly, loose dirt and soils are buried deep into the rug, especially in high traffic areas, causing damage to the rug fiber. Vacuuming helps to remove dirt particles. For best results, use a vacuum cleaner with beater bars and good suction. Food and beverage spills should be scooped up, without rubbing. Excess moisture can then be removed with clean, white absorbent cloth or a paper towel. The stain can also be removed using a mild liquid soap and water. Do not use detergents.

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Ethics Good Weave is an interantional non governmental organization working to end child labour in the handmade rug industry, and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. The Good Weave certification program provides an assurance that rug manufacturers, who voluntarily join as licensees and agree to its independent verification, adhere to the GoodWeave standards. The owner of Makeda´s workshop in Kathmandu is an active member of the Good Weave Nepal branch. As importers, we are also members and contribute a percentage of the cost of each rug, to support the continuous work of the organization. All Makeda´s rugs are also to the greatest possible extent dyed with vegetable dyes. Not only does vegetable dyes give a soft tone and patina to the rug, but it also keeps the environment and the people working in the industry healthier.

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Ordering Each Makeda rug is produced by hand. The size of the rug can be decided by the customer upon ordering. In such cases where the rug is made on an order-by-order basis the production process takes about 4 months, and rugs are generally delivered within 16 weeks of an order being placed. As Makeda´s rugs are entirely made by hand each rug is unique. Slight imperfections in knots or colours are a natural part of the design and not a sign of deficient quality. Especially when vegetable dyes are used slight colour variations can occur, as a result from seasonal differences in tone amongst the herbs, flowers and plants used in the dyeing process. These subtle shifts mark the beginning of the unique story of each Makeda rug. The colours of the rugs shown in this catalogue are slightly different to the real ones due to the fact that colours are printed on paper or shown on a computer screen. Please contact us or any of our retailers for order enquiries and sample orders.

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