Sumaq Alpaca Rugs was founded by Derek Beech and Collis Verdicchio in 2010. After years of travelling through South America, the pair saw a way to combine their interest for design and travel with their passion for business. Rooted in ancient Peruvian traditions that date back to the Inca Civilization, Sumaq rugs are handmade by local artisans. Sumaq firmly believes in supporting local industry in Peru and South America, and promotes ethical manufacturing practices every step of the way. No alpacas are killed in the making of Sumaq rugs. Sumaq Alpaca Rugs is based out of Montréal and Vancouver.
The gentle, long-lashed camelids known as alpacas, a close relative of the llama, are domesticated animals, primarily found in the South American Andes. Thousands of years ago, the Inca originally bred alpacas for their wool, which was used in the making of clothing for royalty. Described as the “fibre of the Gods”, alpaca was considered more valuable than even silver and gold.
The Sumaq approach focuses on maximizing benefits for people and communities while minimizing impacts on the environment. Together with local artisans, Sumaq works to foster a greener, more sustainable world. This is achieved through the use of alpaca fleece, an ecologically friendly natural fibre, and the fact that Sumaq encourages manufacturers to adopt ethical practices in every aspect of their supply chain.
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Sumaq alpaca rugs is one of the leading alpaca rug wholesalers with all our rugs are handmade in Peru using the finest Alpaca fibers. Our alpaca rugs wholesale worldwide in the high end design market. Peru rugs are now available in most major cities across North America.
Like many developments this type of rug came from a client loving the back of our Hand Knotted rugs. We then decided to create this very unique quality called Arequipa. This is a Hand Knotted weaving style which allows us to play will different pile heights and textures. For the creative Designer who wants something truly unique this is a quality to have some fun with.
Made from the softest Alpaca fur, expertly crafted to make a luxurious, seamless statement. Alpaca furs are by far the highest quality natural fiber on the market and by far the softest rugs to the touch.
Alpaca is one of the few fibers in Mother Nature that is naturally hypoallergenic. Alpaca does not have lanolin or dander, which triggers most allergic reactions. Without lanolin Alpaca stays cleaner longer because dust does not stick to the lanolin sheath. Alpaca is stronger than wool and as soft as silk.
Part of the flatweave family but using a much thicker yarn giving a very soft and plush look. We call the Rombos our “sweater rug” perfect for those cold winter months. Again being a Flat Weave this rug is reversible, but what is unique about the Rombos is that the front and back designs remain the same but in exactly opposite colours on either side.
Like many developments this type of rug came from a client loving the back of our hand-knotted rugs. We then decided to create this very unique yet special quality called Tramado. This is a hand knotted process which allows us to pay will different pile heights and textures. For the creative designer who wants something truly unique this is a quality to have some fun with.
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