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Our Slow Weave Collection encapsulates the core

of our ethics and values at Rugs for Good. Made in

small batches to ensure that the artisans are provided

with long term, sustainable work rather than short

and large bursts. This is to support our beloved

artisans who create these beautiful pieces of art. We

only work with one group of weavers - not multiple

factories. 100% of the profit from sales goes to the

Shanti Bhavann Children’s Project. We are child

labour free and are ethically and fairly made with

GoodWeave International certification. This collection

is of the highest ethical standard in the rug industry.

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A GREATER CAUSE

Shanti Bhavan

Shanti Bhavan is a non-profit

organisation that was founded in

1997 by professor, entrepreneur, and

author Dr. Abraham George.

Shanti Bhavan empowers children from

India’s lowest socioeconomic class to

break the cycle of generational poverty

through education, leadership, and

compassion.

Its current boarding school is located

in Tamil Nadu, 1.5 hours southeast of

Bangalore. They are currently raising

funds to build a second school. Children

recruited to Shanti Bhavan come from

families that earn less than $2 a day. 60%

of the children come from rural villages

and 40% from urban slums. 95% of the

children also belong to the Dalit caste

(formerly known as the “untouchables”).

Shanti Bhavan goes beyond basic literacy.

Our students learn to be global citizens

and leaders who change the world with

integrity, compassion, and focus.

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One year of 24/7 care, food, clothing, shelter, top-level education,

mentorship, medical care, and access to arts and athletics programs

costs roughly $1,800 per student at our residential school. During

our students’ college education, costs are approximately $3,200 per

student per year. No other program offers this level of education, this

length of intervention, or this amount of support completely free of

charge. The focus is on achieving results through top-level education,

long-term mentoring and professional guidance.

A student typically joins Shanti Bhavan at age four. Shanti Bhavan

continues to provide support until the student graduates from

college. Each year, Shanti Bhavan is forced to turn away hundreds of

children because one school simply cannot take in all of them.

Rugs for Good donates 100% of the profit from our sales to the Shanti

Bhavan Organisation. Your purchase goes straight to supporting the

Shanti Bhavan’s goal of getting a new school.

Find out more at shantibhavan.org

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KULA RUG

Featured room : Lounge room P 10 & 11

SAPNA RUG

Featured room : Bedroom P 12 - 15

NADI RUG

Featured room : Bedroom

BAKTI RUG

Featured room : Bedroom P 20 & 23

SURYA RUG

Featured rooms : Lounge room P 24 & 25

AGNI RUG

Featured room : Bedroom

ANANDA RUG

Featured : Dining, Bedroom & Study P 32 - 37

JIVA RUG IN BLACK

Featured room : Bedroom & Dining P 38 - 41

JIVA RUG IN IVORY

Featured room : Bedroom

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PRANA RUG

Featured room : Bedroom P 18 & 19

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DHARMA RUG

Featured room : Bedroom P 28 & 29

SAMADHI RUG

Featured room : Study P 30 & 31

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JIVA RUG IN SOFT GREY

Featured room: Dining room P 44 - 45

THE RUG MAKING PROCESS

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KULA RUG

Kula - Sanskrit word that translates to ‘community, tribe or clan’.

The Kula rug was designed by a beautiful artisanal community of women in

Uttar Pradesh, India. They came to us with a design concept of a hand knitted

wool rug that we absolutely fell in love with! They were incredibly proud of

their design and together lovingly hand-knitted our Kula rugs.

Made out of 100% New Zealand wool with macrame inspired tassles, this rug

is sure to delight.

Featured room: Lounge Room

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SAPNA RUG

Sapna - Sanskrit word for ‘Dreamstate’

Sapna embodies a hand knotted ribbed pattern with hand braided

tassled ends. Subtle, neutral and classic, this rug will add texture and

warmth to any space.

Crafted out of New Zealand wool and natural cotton, it exudes luxury

and comfort.

Featured room: Bedroom

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Rug name: Sapna Rug

Featured room: Bedroom

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NADI RUG

Nadi - Sanskrit word meaning ‘to flow’.

The Nadi rug is reminiscent of the traditional Moroccan Berber style with its

black diamond pattern that has been meticulously cut-in by hand within the

dense natural wool pile. The hand braided tassled ends add a bohemian feel

to the rug, softening any room that it is placed in. This rug exudes comfort

and luxury, the warmth it provides is hard to put into words.

Featured room: Bedroom

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PRANA RUG

Prana - Sanskrit word for ‘breath’ or ‘life force’.

Prana is quiet and understated with a windswept charm. A subtle diamond

pattern has been hand-cut into the dense pile, inspired by the Moroccan

Berber style. The tassled ends adding a whimsical affect. Crafted out of only

the finest New Zealand wool, it oozes comfort and luxury. Perfect for adding

texture and warmth to a space.

Featured room: Bedroom

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BAKTI RUG

Bakti - Sanskrit word meaning ‘love and devotion’.

The Bakti rug has been hand loomed using a blush abrash-dyed New Zealand

wool & viscose blend. Framed by a handmade natural cotton fringe, this rug

evokes a timeless design that would suit any traditional or contemporary space.

With a subtle lustre, the Bakti rug changes hues in various light adding another

luxurious element.

Featured room: Bedroom

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Rug name: Bakti Rug

Featured: Bedroom

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SURYA RUG

Surya - Sanskrit word meaning the ‘Sun’.

Surya evokes boldness, creativity and will bring a ray of sunshine into your

space. Classic large polka dots sit on a plush wool background with a hand

braided tasseled fringe, adding warmth and texture into any room. Using only

the finest New Zealand wool and natural cotton, this rug is natural and luxurious.

Featured: Lounge Room

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AGNI RUG

Featured: Bedroom

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AGNI RUG

Agni - Sanskrit word meaning ‘fire’.

The Agni rug ignites a sense of creativity and fun femininity. Classic polka dots

sit on a plush wool background with a hand braided tasseled fringe, bringing

warmth and texture into any space. Using only the finest New Zealand wool

and natural cotton, this rug is natural and luxurious.

Featured: Bedroom

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DHARMA RUG

Dharma - Sanskrit word meaning to ‘hold, maintain, keep’.

The Dharma rug has been hand braided out of natural and

sustainably harvested jute. This rug will be sure to add an

organic feel and warmth to your home. Not only is jute a

sustainable fibre, it is timeless and will blend into any style

providing longevity and resilience for the busiest of spaces.

Featured: Bedroom

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SAMADHI RUG

Samadhi- Sanskrit word meaning ‘union’.

Samadhi weaves together the vibrant colours of pink and

aqua in a diamond pattern. It’s fun but not overly bold,

perfect for those wanting to add a touch of colour to a

space. Made out of natural wool and cotton, it is lush and

comfortable underfoot.

Featured: Study

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ANANDA RUG

Ananda - Sanskrit word to describe ‘Supreme Bliss or Joy’.

The Ananda has been hand braided out of natural and sustainably harvested

jute. With its two tone design, this rug will add an organic feel and warmth

to your home. Not only is jute a sustainable fibre, it is timeless and will blend

into any style providing longevity and resilience for the busiest of spaces.

Featured: Dining Room

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ANANDA RUG

Featured: Bedroom

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ANANDA RUG

Featured: Study

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JIVA IN BLACK RUG

Jiva - Sanskrit word meaning to ‘to breathe or to live’.

The perfect round dining table companion. Jiva has been lovingly handplaited

out of a New Zealand wool blend, delicately stitched and reinforced

with a solid cotton backing. Available in 3 sophisticated colours, the Jiva will

be a timeless addition to your space.

Featured: Dining Room

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JIVA RUG IN BLACK

Featured: Bedroom

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JIVA RUG IN IVORY

Jiva - Sanskrit word meaning ‘to breathe or to live’.

Jiva has been lovingly hand-plaited out of a New Zealand wool blend,

delicately stitched and reinforced with a solid cotton backing. Available in 3

sophisticated colours, the Jiva will be a timeless addition to your space.

Featured: Bedroom

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JIVA RUG IN SOFT GREY

Featured: Dining Room

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BEHIND THE SCENES

The making

of the rugs

The rug weaving techniques carried by artisans in

India today, date back to the 16 th Century. In the State

of Uttar Praddesh where our Slow Weave collection

has been made, you will find the most talented

weavers in the world.

The artisans are proud about their heritage and their

ancient expertise. Each rug is delicately and lovingly

crafted, providing us with rugs that tell a remarkable

story of devotion to craftsmanship that can't be

replicated by any machine.

At Rugs For Good, we are passionate about

supporting the continuation of these ancient skills by

focusing on handcrafted rugs made fairly & ethically.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

The making of the rugs

STEP 1

Dyeing

The dyeing is done by

master colour specialists

who have refined their

skills through generations.

Dyeing is done by

turning the wool through

cauldrons of dye that sit

above a wood fire. In large

batches,that are processed

in a trough with the fibre

hung over thick bamboo

sticks. It is then dried in the

sunshine out in the rural

fields of Bhadohi.

STEP 2

Spinning

Wool and viscose are still

hand spun using wooden

or copper spindles.

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One rug takes ap

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STEP 4

Washing

The washing of one rug

can take up to 4 hours.

It is done outside with

buckets of soapy water

and wooden paddles are

used to squeeze out the

water. It is then combed

to remove any loose fibres

and is rinsed the same way.

It is then hung out to dry in

the fields on large bamboo

sticks.

STEP 5

Final Touches

This involves stretching,

binding, dry washing,

trimming and clipping.

A manual process that

ensures the rug is finished

at the highest standards

and to promote its

durability.

One rug takes approximately

25-30 days to create

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Never doubt that

a small group of

thoughtful, committed

citizens can change the

world. Indeed, it is the

only thing that ever has.

- MARGARET MEAD

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