About Tibetan Rugs Australia
Tibetan Rugs Australia is a web based business located in Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia. We specialise in the direct importation of handcrafted Tibetan rugs along with a unique range of high quality handicrafts and products from the Himalayan region of Nepal. All of our products can be delivered world wide and directly to your door.
The business initially evolved in early 2008 as a result of numerous trips to Nepal which began in 2001. Nepal is a culturally diverse country and home to a large population of Tibetans many of which are living there in exile after the Chinese invasion of their home land. Like many visitors to this region, I was inspired by the culture, the spiritualism and the friendly nature of the Nepali and Tibetan people. I was also deeply moved by the poverty, strength, and the indomitable spirit of the people.
During these visits I have spent a large portion of time staying in Tibetan communities, such as Boudanath and visiting Tibetan refugee facilities in the Lalitpur region of the Kathmandu valley. I have intermingled with the Tibetan community, formed friendships, visited schools, monasteries, Tibetan lamas, art and handicraft centres and have dedicated a lot of time learning about their culture, art, traditions and beliefs. The Tibetan culture and traditions are thousands of years old and although many Tibetans have been displaced from their home land their cultural traditions are still very much “alive” today. One of our primary aims is to help preserve the Tibetan culture through the promotion of traditional arts and handicrafts.
There are Tibetan refugee camps located throughout Nepal and India however our business is primarily focused on providing assistance to one camp located in the Lalitpur region of the Kathmandu valley. A carpet weaving handicraft centre has been established within the camp enabling the refugees to sustain their livelihoods and well being. Our products are also directly imported from Nepalese families that hand craft the items and from families operating small businesses. Each of our suppliers stipulate and receive the full asking price for their products. When you purchase any of our Tibetan carpets or products you are providing direct assistance in the following areas;
Our primary aims and objectives
- To help preserve the Tibetan culture through the promotion of traditional Tibetan arts and handicrafts.
- To assist in the provision of employment and housing for Tibetan refugee families
- To assist Nepalese families operating small business sustain a livelihood.
- To offer financial support for two health clinics located within the refugee camp.
- Contribute financial support for the schooling of Tibetan children living in the refugee camp and the surrounding areas.
- To supply financial assistance toward the aged care facility within the camp.
The Handicraft Centre
Between 1959 and 1960 approximately 100, 000 Tibetans fled their home land as a consequence of the Chinese invasion of Tibet and sought asylum in India, Bhutan and Nepal. The monarch of Nepal and international relief organisations initially provided land, food and basic shelter for the refugees. Amongst the Tibetans were skilled carpet weavers who previously wove carpets in Tibet in accordance to ancient traditions.
The International Red Cross and Swiss Development Corporation became aware of availability of skilled carpet weavers and jointly established a Handicraft Centre in 1960 to provide a source of income for the Tibetan refugees. The centre is a “non- profit” charitable organisation using all of its proceeds for the social and welfare activities of the Tibetan community while providing many refugee families with housing, schools, health care and employment.
There are approximately 500 families comprising of 1320 individuals living in the camp. The majority of these refugees depend upon the handicraft centre for their livelihood and basic needs. The camp provides employment for about 1000 Tibetans. The majority of women are involved in weaving, wool winding and spinning while the men participate in the packing and handling of raw materials and finished carpets.
The Tibetan employees at our workshop work in a pleasant and cheerful environment on a nine till five schedule. They are well salaried and live within the settlements complex enabling them to be close to their children’s schools and homes. They are provided with one hour a day for lunch and frequent tea breaks so they can go home and be with their families or perform their daily spiritual practice.
Over the years, the handicraft centre has achieved a number of national and international awards for its services rendered towards the host nation of Nepal. It has also adopted numerous social and welfare causes for the benefit of its struggling Tibetan community. The most noted award was the "World Quality Commitment Star Gold Trophy" in 2002 from the Business Initiative Direction based in Spain. The centre was nominated the award during the International Quality Convention in Geneva for the recognition of its excellence in the production of high quality hand woven carpets.
Our policies Guarantee
- That ordered carpets will be promptly supplied to our customers in pristine condition and within an agreed or stipulated time frame.
- The use of 100% pure Tibetan sheep wool and the best quality environmentally friendly dyes.
- A policy against child labour.
- The provision of the highest quality products at a fair and competitive price.
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