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Our Carpet Range

Our carpets are woven in different styles, namely flatpile, ribbed and/or diamond and tufted.  They can be woven in mohair or in stripped cotton.  We also have a small range in raffia, but generally stick to a flatpile weave with this.

Each style looks different and can be made using an undyed, natural colour - known as our chalk mohair; using one colour with natural and then in colour combinations of two or three colours for ribbed or plain dyed colours in a plain one colour carpet or stripes.

Cecile Skotnes tapestry by Marguerite Stephens, 1965 goes on sale at Strauss & Co.

From the Strauss Auction Catalogue, Lot No.

"The President Hotel, bounded by Eloff, Plein and De Villiers Streets in Johannesburg, opened in October 1967 and cost its investors then in excess of R7,000,000.  Thankfully, a significant share of the budget was set aside to fund a number of commanding, site specific new artwork by Transvaal artists.

Fabrics for Life

In this disposable age, it is important to produce responsibily and to manufacture quality goods in the best possible way.  Our products are built for life and not only do they keep you warm, they warm up a room and add an e touch of the bespoke, the hand made and the carefully thought of. 

Farewell Judy Mason

Judy died on 29th December, 2016 at the age of 78.


Judy was a good friend of our studio and although I did not know her very well, her art is very much part of my life and admired and respected every day.  I have always seen her work hanging in Mags' house and have long been fascinated and intrigued by her often unsettling imagery.  Her fascination with hyena and menacing monkeys permeate through her art and are completely captivating.

Hello 2017

One hopes 2016 will soon be a distant memory, but hard to forget a year like that one.  I'm referring to the global and local events that happened that many of us thought were unthinkable.

Let's hope 2017 provides something more sensible and rational.  There is nothing so depraved as human nature.

It's been quite a year!

Each year is different and brings with it challenges, some which we overcome and some which take a little longer to work around.

We were able to complete some very large carpets, some of the largest we have ever produced.  We ran a weaving course with Glynis Brooke which successfully introduced two new weavers to some of the more difficult aspects of weaving, and allowed some of our more experienced weavers to refine and improve their knowledge.

A Visit to Merino Country

Deep in the heart of the Karoo you'll find some of South Africa's oldest farms, some dating back to the 1700s where sheep are still being farmed.  On an "educational" visit I was hit with a sudden jolt of reality - farm life is not what it used to be, like so much of our society it has had to transform itself to stay alive; to remain competitive and to pay the bills.

This Week in the Studio

We have been excited about the carpets in production - some are totally new for us and this is always a bit of an adventure. acheter viagra We work closely with our clients to create a beautiful piece of fabric or rug.  So much of our work is unique and this gives it such kudos, in that you won't see it anywhere else.  Much of our work too is producing very classic rugs and fabrics which are produced in the exact same way as they have been done for more than 65 years.  

We are always grateful for our work and support.

Winter Colours

We have had an unusually cold winter in balmy Piggs Peak.  People always think our climate is cold amidst high mountains, but truthfully, we are on the edge of the Lowveld and we do not even get a frost.  However, this year parts of South Africa have been beset with snow and the cold winds have blown right in our direction. 

I need no excuse to wrap up warmly and a few layers of blankets is just the trick - be they mohair, wool or even cotton.  Natural fibres provide the best insulation whether layered on your bed or around your neck.