We are a highly specialized mill, focused on making only Tibetan carpets tailored to meet the needs of our discerning clientele.
The art of Tibetan carpet making is an ancient, traditional craft dating back to 7th century AD. Tibetans use rugs for many purposes ranging from flooring to wall hanging to horse saddles, though the most common use is as a seating carpet.
The process of making Tibetan carpets is unique in the sense that the knotting method is different--allows for denser knots--from those used in other rug making traditions worldwide. The unique Tibetan weaving method combined with Tibetan highland wool, considered the best wool in the world, makes Tibetan carpets heirloom quality.
The story of Tibetan carpets has today become more than just about floor coverings, it is about how a Tibetan refugee community facing unbearable hardship went on to create an industry that became the largest export of Nepal and employs 100,000s of Nepalese. After the Communist China's takeover of Tibet in 1959, about 8,000 Tibetan refugees escaped Tibet across the Himalayas and settled in Nepal primarily in the 4 refugee locations set up by Swiss Red Cross. The Swiss Red Cross under the leadership of Toni Hagen worked to make Tibetans self sufficient through the production and sale of carpets beginning in 1960. By the end of 1960, few Tibetan families ventured on their own producing and selling carpets primarily to tourist. Our family settled in the himalayan town of Solu-Khumbu and began producing carpets by employing local Sherpa women who were taught the ancient Tibetan weaving technique. Few years later, we moved our mill and our weavers to Kathmandu because transporting finished goods involved about 7 days of journey on foot because of non-existent roadways and also to be closer to the only international airport in Kathmandu.
Today, Bespoke Tibetan Carpets is focused on making the finest quality hand-made Tibetan carpets that specifically meets client requirements in the most efficient, sustainable manner, and at best value.