Ziga Rugs is a Sydney-based rug company that works exclusively with genuine handmade Tibetan rugs produced in Nepal.
Through our extensive experience in constructing high quality Tibetan rugs and our close relationship with our weavers in Nepal, we offer the finest Tibetan rugs in Australia.
Our uncompromising belief in quality and integrity lies in the core of our philosophy and this is evident in the superior quality of our rugs.
The Chinese occupation of Tibet in the 1950s forced thousands of Tibetans to flee and seek refuge in neighbouring countries like India and Nepal. Among the scores of families that entered Nepal via India at the time were my own grandparents and their five young children.
Thrust into a new country with a few possessions to call their own, a completely new language and no home, my family along with others struggled to survive while keeping their culture, tradition and the art of weaving alive.
As refugees, Tibetans lived in makeshift camps set up by the Red Cross and the Government of Nepal. It was in the 1970s that the Red Cross and the Swiss Development Corporation observed the Tibetan art of weaving rugs and fostered this skill as a means of strengthening their livelihood.
The enterprise flourished. Soon the burgeoning Tibetan community were not only weaving beautiful rugs crafted by years of patience and skill, they were also sharing the magical tradition of Tibetan rugs with the rest of the world.
Today contemporary Tibetan rugs represent the ultimate in cutting edge designs and are unmatched in their superior quality and unique features. Tibetan rug makers like my family have managed to provide better opportunities for their children through education and awareness. The Tibetans rugs tradition has helped Tibetans grow out of refugee camps and become successful businessmen and support their community by building schools, monasteries, and support programs for Tibetans everywhere.
Ziga Rugs embodies the strength of the Tibetan spirit and progress. I am a first generation Tibetan born in exile in Nepal and have been living in Sydney, Australia for the past four years. I continue to share my tradition of Tibetan rugs with you.