'Nilo Mandala', Nepali Woolen Rug
'Nilo Mandala', Nepali Woolen Rug
'Nilo Mandala', Nepali Woolen Rug
'Nilo Mandala', Nepali Woolen Rug

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'Nilo Mandala', Nepali Woolen Rug

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Nilo Mandala is Nepali for 'Blue Mandala' - Traditional style, medium sized rug

Presenting the Nilo Mandala rug - a traditional Nepali radhi, made from 100% wool that comes from the special Bhyanglung sheep - a breed native to Tibet. The sheep is trimmed every six months and lives predominantly at high altitude between Sindhupalchowk (a Northern Nepali district) and Tibet.

Traditionally, the radhi (Nepali for this kind of 'rug') was made by loom in mountain village households. The skill involved in weaving a radhi was such an important trait, that while looking for a possible bride for their sons, the villagers would make sure that the future daughter-in-law would know the art of weaving these woolen rugs! (Marriage in this time + culture was not so personal, but more so a community affair)

Please note: because this rug is entirely made by hand, there may be small imperfections and uneven features. This is a part of the charm of a craft such as this! Size dimensions may differ by a few inches/centimetres, as well as the weight.

  • Dimensions: 91 cm x 183 cm (3' x 6')
  • Weight: 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs)
  • 100% sustainably and ethically harvested wool
  • Hand-spun & hand-woven
  • 100% Bhyanglung sheep wool 
  • Directly supports the makers - learn more here
  • Eco friendly: a percentage goes directly into the HH Environmental Fund
  • Machine washable - wash in cold water only
Time Involved
  • 6 months: Growing the wool
  • 2 hours: Harvesting the wool
  • 3 days: Washing & drying the wool
  • 1 day: Preparing for spinning & combing the wool
  • 2 days (16h): Spinning the wool by hand
  • 2 hours: Setting up the loom
  • 4 days (32h): Weaving the rug
  • 2-3 days: Washing the completed rug and sun-drying 
  • Total: approx. 6.5 months - 55 hours of work by hand

Because of the Lockdown situation in Kathmandu, shipping prices are higher than normal. It is impossible to get a fixed rate as everything is constantly changing week-to-week and even sometimes day-to-day. Shipping by courier (DHL, FedEx, etc) will cost extra. The item will be shipped by courier to your front door and you will be given a tracking number upon shipment. Insurance is also available for 1% of the item's value.

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