Kashmiri "Namda" Meditation mat, boho accent rug | Handmade rug 2x3 | made of pure wool hand felted and embroidered | bohemian tapestry
Handmade "Namda" small handmade rug - felted rug made of pure wool- hand embroidered - for bohemian home decor
In the mystique state of Kashmir in the North Indian Himalayan region, no matter poor or rich, it is traditional to sit on the floor and the floor can get really cold in the Himalayan region of Kashmir. Namdas, made of pure wool - hand felted and embroidered, are not only decorative rugs and magical, unique pieces of textile art, but also the best answer to cold floors and perfect for beautiful floor seating arrangements. They are also used as bed or mattress covers or to adorn any corner of the home with its beautiful embroidery as bohemian tapestry or decorative table center piece. How about using it as a Yoga rug - meditation rug? You will love the "natural feeling" of it!
****This small beauty is a special one , made of two pieces: a natural colored one and a dyed center piece in a beautiful rustic orange brown tone. With a traditional floral design embroidered
SIZE: approximately 2 by 3 feet = 89 by 58 cm (please note: the Namdas are never perfectly rectangular or straight)
Material: pure sheep wool embroidered with veg. dyed woolen threats
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The story of a traditional "Namda" :
Pure sheepwool , from the mountain area of Kashmir, is collected, cleaned and dyed. Then woolen flakes are spread evenly on a jute mat (minimum 3 layers of dyed and un-dyed - like a sandwich), then sprinkled with soap water. The mat is then rolled tightly , tied up and compressed bx rolling it on the floor with the help of hands and feet for a long time. The ready plain Namda is then dry washed by the local women and finally embroidered by hand with the Aari (needle hook), traditionally floral designs are used but also geometric and more modern designs are possible.
The traditional making of a "Namda" :
The word "Namda" comes from the 11th century, when the Mughal King Akbar searched for a suitable cover for his cold bitten horse. An old man named "Nubi" offered his felt covering, which he had made himself. It was beautifully embroidered and Akbar was so impressed by the workmanship, that he bestowed great honors to "Nubi" and his village and the craft of making "Namda"s became famous. Originally the sufi saint Sha-e-Hamadan brought this and other crafts from Persia to Kashmir: "give a poor man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he will have food his whole life"