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Round rug - Mandala rug | Kashmiri "Namda" felt rug made of pure wool | hand embroidered colorful boho accent rug

$55.00

Hand felted round rug - Mandala rug "Namda" made of pure wool and hand embroidered - for bohemian home decor - rug for bedroom

from the mystique state of Kashmir in the Northindian Himalayan region

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 Shah-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"

In Kashmir, 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, 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 sitting 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 cover. Surely this unique felt rug will not only bring warmth to your floor but any interior design which needs more colors and uniqueness

The traditional making of a "Namda" :

Pure sheepwool , from the mountain area of Kahsmir, 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 als geometric and more modern designs are possible.

Size is approximately 3 feet (please note: the Namdas are never perfectly round or straight)
Material: pure sheep wool embroidered with veg. dyed woolen threats

We have different designs and sizes available and the pricing is according to design/ size and amount of time that goes into the making of each piece. See our other designs, for more inspiration
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Namaste from India,

Sahera Jo