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Sizes and Prices
Small rugs (66 cm x 128 cm) - $85.00
Medium rugs (85 cm x 140 cm) - $125.00
Large rugs (106 cm x 163 cm) - $195.00
Please note that because of the hand made nature of these rugs, the sizes are approximate and vary slightly from one rug to another.
The rugs produced at Makena really are quite extraordinary. Thick and rich, they come in a range of natural tones and shades ranging from almost pure white to dark brown. We stock some that have been naturally dyed, including some rich dark blues and reds. Please enquire about what we have in stock. And because we travel to Kenya several times a year, with a little warning we can usually arrange a special order. Click the button to make an enquiry or place an order.
All natural wool carpets.
Founded in 1979 with the help of a Norwegian NGO, Makena Textiles is a women's empowerment and development group based in Meru. It was the first company of its kind in what was then the Eastern Province of Kenya to be owned entirely by women. Today, the group is supported by its own revenue stream with some help from local companies and non-profits.
The majority of the women in Makena are the sole breadwinners for their families. The money they earn helps to improve the quality of life for their children and grandchildren, helping to pay for better education, health care, and basic nutrition. But the organization also provides the women with companionship and support as well as an opportunity to learn from each other.
Makena acquires the sheep’s wool from local pastoralists, and then, entirely by hand, it is carded, spun and woven into thick, beautiful rugs. The carpets we offer are all-natural wool, which means they have not been dyed and the colours reflect the colour of the wool from which they were made.