A rare blend of artisanal skill, modernity and tradition
Handwoven on traditional Tibetan vertical looms, the wool is sourced in central Tibet where the indigenous sheep yields a fiber celebrated for its length and fineness. In the first part of the 20th century, this wool was Tibet’s most important export. In today’s commercial marketplace, it is increasingly rare to find carpets woven purely from this fiber.
Norlha gives great importance to the preparation of our fiber. We separate, wash and clean the wool thoroughly, retaining only the very best fibers from each batch. Norlha is also unique in mixing yak wool fiber into the carpets with designs or patterns that reflect tradition in a contemporary way.
Norlha carpet wool is handspun, and each carpet takes one person about two months to complete. Our carpet wool is not dyed, but by mixing sheep and yak wool we create a range of shades from off white (the sheep’s natural color) to dark brown (the most common color for yak wool) and those in between.