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Ethically sourced and beautifully handmade goods 

Bringing together creations of the most talented artisans from across the globe into one place - to help you design your perfect home.

What is Harfi?

"Harfi" is Arabic for "Artisan".

At Harfi we work closely with talented artisans in developing countries to bring you a stunning range of ethically-sourced crafts from around the world. Each lovingly-made product showcases the creativity and skill of the person who made it. Our handmade crafts are produced using traditional skills that have often been used for hundreds of years.

 By supporting local craftspeople and thereby supporting local communities and cultures we hope that the traditions and skills of the region can continue to be passed down.

Why Harfi ?

Harfi was born out of our desire to celebrate the people behind the products we love. In an age of mass commercialism, traditional crafts, indigenous methods for making, and individualism are being lost every day. 

Most artisans in the developing world have limited access to global markets, hindering their potential to grow and improve their financial stability. To address this problem, we aim to offer a platform for the artisans to expand the reach of their products so that more people can have access to them and they can enjoy better working conditions and fairer compensation. 

Making a Difference: Charitable work

Each year Harfi will donate at least 10% of its profits to charitable causes. We have handpicked the following charities as they carry out some truly amazing work that focuses on the alleviation of poverty and providing humanitarian aid in areas that need it the most:  

1) Save the Children 
2) Médecins Sans Frontieres
3) International Rescue Committee

Making a Difference: Ethical Sourcing

Fair trade has become much more than a commerce model: it's now a social movement in its own right, as an increasing number of people choose products characterised by a commitment to bettering conditions for vulnerable producers around the world. Harfi is proud to be part of this movement. Incorporating the principles of fair trade, our aim is to create opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers.

Meet the Artisans

Kadir, next to a 50+ year old wooden loom, in his atelier

"Every day I sat with my grandmother by the wooden loom until I lost her.
I could not imagine that the craft that she taught me for many years would make sense of my life one day"

Location: Turkey

Craft: Foutas/ peshmetals/ hammam towels

Materials Used: Turkish cotton; a premium, soft cotton that is lightweight and super absorbent

Background: Menderes' late grandmother used to hand loom towels, which were sold to the local shops downtown and to the bazaar. Every summer Menderes would find himself... Read More

next to the weaving loom, which were set up in every corner of his grandmothers' house. Working from a small atelier in his house and with his Grandmothers knowledge in hand, he now personally designs and creates wonderfully unique peshmetal towels.

Technique: The cotton is loaded up onto the loom in rolls. A pattern is then used to create the main "body" of the towel. Next, the tassels are then braided onto the towel. The towels are then inspected to ensure they are the right quality (sometimes they have been weaved incorrectly because of the settings or thread and the materials are recycled to make pillow covers). Lastly the towels are ironed to make sure they are presentable before being sent off.

Interesting Fact: Turkish towels were invented in the 17th century in Bursa, Turkey, They are considered to be the first towel invented so they are real classics!

The artisans donning a "Non La" (a connical leaf hat) to protect them from the rain

"We want to build relationships with humanistic spirit and see our artisans as the most valuable property. Our motto is “ Unity is strength"

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Craft: Baskets

Materials Used: Seagrass, Rattan

Background: Established just over ten years our partnership business in Vietnam was set up by a few young Vietnamese individuals to help the poor and marginalised population within Vietnam. Although the Vietnamese economy was doing pretty well, urbanised areas such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City were... Read More

suffering. Even though there were a lot of talented existing handicraft producers they were struggling to find enough market for their product to sustain a good living. By bringing these artisans together, training them with new skills, introducing new designs and helping them find more market for their products they now enjoy a better and more stable livelihood.

Technique: Hand-woven by skilled artisans, each basket is uniquely-made out of sustainable seagrass from Vietnam and hand-dipped in a water-based paint to add a pop of colour

Interesting Fact: Hand craftmanship is so embedded in Vietnamese culture and history that many places and street names relate to the specific craft that the street was initially known for, and is now being known for again.

Rug weaving requires a stronger loom and a larger workspace than normal handweaving

Location: Morocco

Craft: Berber Rugs

Materials Used: Sheep's Wool (widely considered among the finest wool on Earth)

Background: Our Berber rugs been handmade by the women of the Berber tribes in the high Atlas mountains of Morocco. Tracing back as far as the Paleolithic era, the ancient weaving technique has been passed down through the generations and has been well preserved due to the tribes relative isolation in the Northern Middle Atlas.  In the past these rugs were woven as sleeping mats, which explains ... Read More

their long and narrow dimensions as well as their thick pile as the Berber tribes used them to insulate themselves from some of the lowest temperatures in Africa. 

Technique: Making Beni Ourain rugs is a lengthy and unique process, taking multiple weavers a period of 2-3 months and requiring an enormous amount of work.

1) Procuring the wool. The artisans source the special sheep from the mountains of Morocco. They then sheer the sheep to get their natural wool. Next, the wool from the sheep must be cleaned and scoured. Otherwise, it contains natural oils.

2) Hand spinning of the wool. This spinning process transforms the wool. It twists fibers together and makes yarn. The wool is spun into threads that are perfect for weaving. The loom and warp are then prepared.

3) Hand-Knotting the rug. The hand-knot requires an initial base, which is made by attaching the warp yarn to the loom, weaving the weft yarn to ensure stability. To create the surface of the rug, the artisans individually incorporate each knot, row by row. This is a very specialised technique and contributes to the quality, density and durability of the rug.

4) Dyeing and trimming. Before the rug is complete, the pattern is dyed with natural dyes. It is then cut from the loom and trimmed. The pile is trimmed using special scissors. This is done to ensure the pile length is standard in size.

5) The final steps. During the months of knotting, the original wool gets dirty. It also gets hard from being attached to the loom. That is why the rugs are washed and dried once again. The rug is washed 2-3 times again to ensure it is soft.

Lastly each Berber rug is left to dry naturally in the warm sun.

Interesting Fact: The term "Berber" was first used centuries ago by foreginers and is a variation of the Greek word "barbaros".  Interestingly, the term was used to describe anyone who didn’t speak Greek! It was never intended to offend - unlike the modern day term that is used to describe an uncivilised group of people. Nowadays Berbers proudly call themselves "amazigh", "tamazight" or "imazighen", meaning ‘free men’ or ‘noble people.’

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