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When Olivia Smith was studying textile design in Milan, she started a side project creating knotted necklaces. It was in the rhythm of this process she realised what inspired her: the process of making products by hand, and the beauty that lay within the irregularity of the final result.

In particular, it was handmade rugs that took her fancy. This realisation saw her move to India for six months where she spent her days in textile factories with artisans, weavers and creators trying to understand how the process worked, from sourcing the fibre through to the end result. “I ended up giving them some designs and they wove them, without any intention to turn this interest into a business, so it was a very holistic start.”

When Olivia Smith was studying textile design in Milan, she started a side project creating knotted necklaces. It was in the rhythm of this process she realised what inspired her: the process of making products by hand, and the beauty that lay within the irregularity of the final result.

In particular, it was handmade rugs that took her fancy. This realisation saw her move to India for six months where she spent her days in textile factories with artisans, weavers and creators trying to understand how the process worked, from sourcing the fibre through to the end result. “I ended up giving them some designs and they wove them, without any intention to turn this interest into a business, so it was a very holistic start.”

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Over the last five years Nodi Rugs has developed their brand and now sells across Australasia, and is taking steps into more global markets. Natural, handmade rugs is a niche that’s catching on.

“People are realising that having a nature-based solution in their home has so many more benefits that choosing something that’s made of plastic,” Nodi Rugs’ Olivia Smith says. “And I don’t believe this world needs any more plastic.”

Over the last five years Nodi Rugs has developed their brand and now sells across Australasia, and is taking steps into more global markets. Natural, handmade rugs is a niche that’s catching on.

“People are realising that having a nature-based solution in their home has so many more benefits that choosing something that’s made of plastic,” Nodi Rugs’ Olivia Smith says. “And I don’t believe this world needs any more plastic.”

The origin of Nodi Rugs’ materials is a story in itself. Two are used: jute and wool (a New Zealand and Himalayan blend). “Jute is a plant-based fibre that grows in West Bengal, India. It’s incredibly soft and really durable, and it grows sustainably, is recyclable and renewable.”

In its natural form, the fibre is golden in colour and irregular. “The irregularity really impacts the end result of rugs’ texture. There’s beauty in the imperfection, which is something we are always celebrating with our rugs.”

The origin of Nodi Rugs’ materials is a story in itself. Two are used: jute and wool (a New Zealand and Himalayan blend). “Jute is a plant-based fibre that grows in West Bengal, India. It’s incredibly soft and really durable, and it grows sustainably, is recyclable and renewable.”

In its natural form, the fibre is golden in colour and irregular. “The irregularity really impacts the end result of rugs’ texture. There’s beauty in the imperfection, which is something we are always celebrating with our rugs.”

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Jute is grown once a year on rice paddies with rice the other two annual crops. “It’s cut with machetes and soaked in the river for 14 days to decompose the husk and then the fibre is extracted, dried, combed and spun,” Olivia says. “The fibre we use in the rugs is all processed manually by hand.”

Wool is the other product of choice for Nodi Rugs, with Himalayan and New Zealand wool spun together to create a unique yarn. “When combined it creates an irregular and textured yarn.

“We are letting these fibres be what they are: natural. We are celebrating the process, and celebrating irregularity.”

The Nodi Rugs range is pared back in colour – simple yet refined in its offerings. The core range is made up of three styles: flat wool, chunky wool and jute. “Within that, there are three standard sizes in each style.”

Nodi Rugs also works closely with architects and designers to create bespoke designs.

If you’re after a natural, handmade alternative to standard rugs, make sure you visit Nodi Rugs on ArchiPro here or stop by their Parnell showroom.

Jute is grown once a year on rice paddies with rice the other two annual crops. “It’s cut with machetes and soaked in the river for 14 days to decompose the husk and then the fibre is extracted, dried, combed and spun,” Olivia says. “The fibre we use in the rugs is all processed manually by hand.”

Wool is the other product of choice for Nodi Rugs, with Himalayan and New Zealand wool spun together to create a unique yarn. “When combined it creates an irregular and textured yarn.

“We are letting these fibres be what they are: natural. We are celebrating the process, and celebrating irregularity.”

The Nodi Rugs range is pared back in colour – simple yet refined in its offerings. The core range is made up of three styles: flat wool, chunky wool and jute. “Within that, there are three standard sizes in each style.”

Nodi Rugs also works closely with architects and designers to create bespoke designs.

If you’re after a natural, handmade alternative to standard rugs, make sure you visit Nodi Rugs on ArchiPro here or stop by their Parnell showroom.

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