Tibet Sydney


We have been embracing rugs for our interiors from TibetSydney for many years, ever since Diki and Tim started up in Sydney. The colours and luscious depths of silk and wool are a timeless inclusion in a room. They don’t date, they are extremely robust – whilst appearing fine and fragile – and the quality of their work is consistent. They have remained relevant and contemporary using an ancient craft. The rugs are made from luxurious lanolin rich sheep’s wool and silk, hand spun and hand dyed, giving each rug an artisan look. No two rugs are exactly the same – such a luxury in today’s automated world. Today we catch up with Diki and Tim to learn more about their craft, inspiration and the TibetSydney journey Can you share the story of how TibetSydney originated with us? We met in Japan and shared a passion for design and textiles. When Diki’s brother, an investment banker in New York, decided to make the journey back to Tibet to revive the lost tradition of rug weaving there, we jumped at the chance to introduce his beautiful hand-crafted creations to Australia. How has the business evolved since then? We soon decided that it was time to start designing and creating our own rugs. We set up our own production in Kathmandu to realise our designs and be flexible enough to make each rug up to order. Each piece is unique for every project. What is the process involved in bringing a TibetSydney hand-weave to life? The process is everything. Because each rug is woven specifically for each order, we start at the beginning every time. That means the yarn (usually Tibetan highland sheep’s wool or silk) is hand-dyed for each order then balled into different color combinations. A new graph is made up to show the weavers color layout and design. The loom is set up and the warp prepared. Then the weaving begins. Each knot is carefully made by hand – one knot at a time – and a team of weavers might weave 15cm in one day. Once the weaving is finished, the rug is hand-washed and finally hand-trimmed. What is the philosophy that drives your business and design choices? We’ve never been great planners and tend to work very instinctively. The business has always been about building relationships – with both the interior designers we produce the rugs for and with our weavers and masters who’ve worked with us all these (17) years. Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere. From fabrics and textiles we pick up on our travels, from Tibetan antique rugs, from the textures of the raw materials we use. Have the weavers in Kathmandu been affected by the earthquakes? Fortunately our weavers are all safe but many of their families in the villages have suffered badly. It’s important for the community that local industries like rug weaving get back to normal as quickly as possible. We have pledged to donate a portion of the income from each rug we sell over the next year to support the relief effort in Nepal. Images courtesy of TibetSydney