While I was pottering around the interwebs over the weekend I came across (via Apartment Therapy) a lovely Fair Trade company which makes fantastic rugs. Node rugs are hand made from wool hand dyed with beautiful natural pigments in a collective in Nepal. One of the founders is Chris Haughton - children's book illustrator extraordinaire - and the designs are as beautiful and whimsical as one might expect.
The original link was to this brilliant 'Bear' rug by Nadia Shireen. Isn't he beautiful? I think I love him. And at 525euro including shipping for a hand made 183x120cm wool rug, I think he's pretty amazing value.
The best bit, though, is that they offer a 'design your own' service, starting at £250 per square metre. I am powerless in the face of design-your-own anything (as my mountain of as-yet unused Spoonflower fabric will testify) so this made my heart skip a beat. The cogs are already churning and pennies going in a pot for when we finally have A House.
What they say:
"Our rug makers, Kumbeshwar are a founder member of Fair Trade Nepal. Employees are taught literacy and skills. In addition to fair wages their work supports a school of 260 children and an orphanage of nineteen."
Image copyright Node Rugs.