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Jamakhan Stripe

handwoven rug



product details

Materials pure cotton
Process hand weaving, hand-dyeing
Dimensions L 180cm x W 120cm
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JAMAKHAN Stripe is a hand-woven rug in grey or pink and is part of our ‘JAMAKHAN’ collection. This collection is inspired by Bhavani ‘Jamakkalams’, the colourful and graphic floor-coverings from Bhavani, a town in the Erode district of Tamil Nadu. These textiles are often over-sized and are used as floor coverings in homes, wedding halls and public events. They were once traded with Persian traders for dates and were renowned for their high durability. They went by the name ‘Jama-Khan’.

Working with textile-designer Sagarika Sundaram our contemporary take on the original and iconic textile features striking horizontal lines of varying widths. Made by the same weaving community in the town of Bhavani, this hand-woven rug is available in grey and or pink with yellow stripes and ivory dashes.

It is woven from high-grade Erode cotton yarn and hand-dyed the old-fashioned way in the neighbouring town of Karur. The result is a long-lasting and soft product that is also fade-proof. We suggest dry clean only.

Like the original Jamakkalam textiles, this hand-woven rug has been made on the famous looms of Bhavani in Tamil Nadu. These looms span about 5m in length and are some of the largest looms in India. The weaving process is quite special. Depending on the size, there are at least 3 weavers standing in a line throwing the shuttle across to each other at speed as the weft is woven through.

We wanted to update this amazing textile object but have it produced on these magnificent looms by the original community of weavers. Here is a short video of the making process you can watch.

If you liked our JAMAKHAN Stripe hand-woven rug, we have more colours and designs too. Also check out the cushions we made in the same collection here.

We are a product design studio based between Bangalore and London.

India fascinates and inspires us. We think that there is more to Indian design than just sticking an elephant on it, and that Indian craft has more to offer than simply repeating the past.

India can seem a pretty chaotic place. But sitting there, quietly are some really incredible, super functional designs. The “designers” of these objects if they can be found at all, aren’t celebrated in the same way as they are in other countries. Instead design is seen as a bi-product of living. This unassuming approach, with an emphasis on a quiet functionality, is what inspires and drives our creative process.

At Tiipoi, we tell positive and insightful stories of a real India, that is changing and shifting all the time. We don’t want to tell nostalgic stories of its past. We prefer to look at what is happening right now, and highlight India’s role in contemporary design.