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Pampa Mini Rugs

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WAY back in 2015 we first introduced Carl Wilson and Victoria Aguirre of Pampa. Based in the Byron Bay hinterland, Pampa design and import a beautiful range of handwoven rugs and soft furnishings from Argentina, where Victoria is from.

Today we revisit this industrious couple, whose latest offering is a collection of ‘Mini Rugs’ in their signature earthy style, inspired by a particular group of weavers met on recent travels.

24th July, 2017

A new range of ‘Mini Rugs’ from Byron Bay-based Pampa. Photo – Victoria Aguirre.

The home furnishings label is known for its earthy, handmade textiles. Photo –Victoria Aguirre of Pampa.

‘Pampa’s aesthetic is very much informed by our quest to rediscover Argentina’s threatened cultures and revive lost weaving traditions,’ says Victoria Aguirre, Creative Director. Photo –Victoria Aguirre of Pampa.

The brand’s designs and colourways are rooted in Victoria’s Argentinian heritage. Photo – Victoria Aguirre of Pampa.

Pampa prides itself on products that exemplify generations of artisan knowledge and skill. Photo – Victoria Aguirre of Pampa.

Pampa Mini Rugs. Photo – Victoria Aguirre of Pampa.

Pampa Mini Rugs. Photo – Victoria Aguirre of Pampa.

Pampa now also now offers a custom rug service. Photo – Victoria Aguirre of Pampa.

Lucy Feagins
Monday 24th July 2017

Victoria Aguirre is driven by a passion for the traditional crafts of her native Argentina. ‘Pampa’s aesthetic is very much informed by our quest to rediscover Argentina’s threatened cultures, and revive lost weaving traditions,’ the creative director explains. ‘All our designs and colourways are deeply rooted in the country’s heritage, and are a product of generations of artisan knowledge and skill.’

It’s been a busy couple of years since we last spoke with Victoria and her partner, Carl, from Pampa. The pair opened their first bricks-and-mortar showroom in Byron Bay late last year – a beautiful space they share with Melbourne-based Pop & Scott.

Having their own showroom has given Pampa space to experiment with a variety of new products, including a recently launched collection of ‘Mini Rugs’. Just 90cm x 60cm in size, this collection was inspired by a particular group of weavers they met on their most recent trip to Argentina.

‘During our last trip, we met a beautiful group of weavers, but because of their age, they’re weren’t able to produce big rugs, as it’s a very time-intensive, physical process,’ Victoria explains. ‘It was not good for their spirit to be away from the loom, and isolated from the rest of the co-op’.

Inspired by these older weavers, Pampa’s ‘Mini Rugs’ collection was created. ‘When we first presented the idea to them, they jumped at the opportunity to keep practicing the art they love so much, and stay close to their looms’ Victoria confirms.

Just like their larger rugs, Pampa’s Mini Rugs start with 100% raw sheep’s and llama’s wool, dyed with natural pigments obtained from plants, flowers, vegetables, insects and smoke, informing the earthy colour palette Pampa have become known for. Finally, the Mini Rugs are woven by hand on a small loom, two at a time.

Originally designed to be used as bedside rugs or entrance mats, the Mini Rugs also look great when displayed as artwork on the wall. A fitting treatment for these small pieces of Argentinian handcrafted history!

View Pampa’s Mini Rugs online, or in their byron Showroom – unit 4/57 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay, 2481, NSW.

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