Tapestries from India
A tapestry is the easiest and most effective way to decorate your wall and give your room an individual atmosphere. Every tapestry is handmade from 100% cotton and available in different sizes.
Karmandala is since 2015 The online store for Indian tapestries from fair trade. Indian Mandala wallhangings enjoy great popularity as oriental wall decoration, bedspread or for traveling (on vacation and at festivals) as a practical seating blanket.
Whether a tapestry in XXL or round mandala beach towel: at Karmandala you can choose your wallhanging from different sizes and more than 300 color combinations, so that your new tapestry fits you exactly.
What is a tapestry?A traditional tapestry is an alternative form of wall decoration. With a tapestry, you can decorate your room without painting or redecorating. You can simply hang it on the wall, in front of your windows or under the ceiling. The Indian wallhanging gives an oriental style to any room and can be changed in a few simple steps if you wish.
Traditional Indian tapestries should always be made of cotton and handmade.
What kind of tapestries do you offer?The most popular designs are gold tapestries, mandala tapestries and Goa tapestries with spiritual symbols.
How are tapestries made?Each tapestry from Karmandala is made by our partners in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is the largest state in India and is known worldwide for its traditional and high-quality way of textile production. Here our tapestries are handmade with a lot of experience and attention to detail. Each cloth is printed using block printing or screen printing techniques.
Are Karmandala tapestries fair trade?Karmandala stands for fair trade and business relationships at eye level. Since 2015, Karmandala is the store for fair trade home textiles from India. Our tapestries are at the heart of our assortment.
All items in our store are sourced from producers we have known for many years. There are no price negotiations from our side, our dealers set the fair price for them. Local working conditions are very important to us and we are happy to work with open-minded partners. All employees in the factory receive fixed wages, regardless of whether production is currently underway or not (in the rainy season, for example, production is not possible). Here you can learn more about the working conditions on site.
What is the meaning of an Indian tapestry?The design of Indian tapestries is inspired by cultural, spiritual as well as religious symbols. The Indian tapestries are used in many ways, e.g. as a support for meditation, as temple decoration or for the design of yoga and therapy rooms. We have summarized the meaning, as well as information on the origin and use of mandala cloths, a tree of life wall cloth or other symbols in our blog.
Tapestries from small to largeAs a tapestry XXL is considered our tapestry variant 'large' with a dimension of about 230x210 cm. Large tapestries are ideal for decorating a full wall in your room. It is also simply beautiful as a bedspread and at festivals large mandala cloths regularly decorate camps as a sunshade.
For a more simple wall decoration, our tapestries in medium (approx. 200x140 cm) are ideal. These slightly narrower mandala cloths are a great bedroom decoration, for example, above the bed or behind it.
For decorating doors, shelves or small corners, there is also a small tapestrey (approx. 75x100 cm). A small tapestry has a slightly more delicate print than the larger variants, but is still an absolute eye-catcher in any room. Small mandala cloths are very variable in use.
Is a wall towel also suitable for outdoors?The outdoor use is only conditionally recommended. Since all our tapestries are dyed and printed with organic colors, the cloths should not be permanently exposed to the weather. There is no issue in making yourself comfortable with a large mandala cloth in the garden or using it as a sun screen on the balcony. But the tapestry should not hang outside for a long time. Otherwise, rain can wash out the colors or sunlight can cause them to fade.
Can I buy a tapestry online only?Karmandala is an online-only store with no local retail store. We ship every day and usually your new tapestry arrives within 24-72 hours. However, if you prefer to browse and see colors and fabrics live, you will surely find what you are looking for with our local partners!
How do I wash a wall scarf properly?On our general care instructions page, you will find all the information you need on how to properly care for your tapestry. Depending on the type of print or the nature of the material, Indian tapestries require special care so that the bright colors remain strong in the long term and do not dull.
How do I hang my tapestry?Hanging a tapestry is quite simple and quickly done: all you need are either two nails, thumbtacks or double-sided adhesive tape. We recommend a combination of nail and curtain clips to avoid damaging the scarf. In our blog you will find a detailed tutorial with useful tips so that your wall does not have to remain bare anymore.
For inspiration on how Indian tapestries look in a room, check out our customer gallery and Instagram.