Established in 1988, Christopher Farr has been at the spearhead of contemporary rug design for over thirty years.
Together with his business partner Matthew Bourne, they were the catalyst that revolutionised contemporary rug design.
Over 30 years ago, artist and designer Christopher Farr set out to unite heritage textile craftsmanship with contemporary design vision. Since then, he and his business partner Matthew Bourne have maintained a dedication to quality and an uncompromising pursuit of beauty that has helped revolutionise rug design and restore rug-making to the status of fine art. Each one made to order, Christopher Farr rugs are now a frequent sight at global art and design exhibitions, and in the homes of connoisseurs and collectors worldwide.
Today, we continue to protect and preserve the world’s weaving traditions, while pushing at the creative possibilities of design. Alongside Christopher’s own work, we are privileged to collaborate with a considered roster of international artists, architects, fashion designers and other visionaries to produce a selection of designs that remains unrivalled in its creative scope.
Established in Switzerland in 1995, Label STEP is a non-profit organisation set up to safeguard and improve the lives of weavers and other workers in the rug-making industry. It maintains fair wages and working conditions, promotes sustainable and eco-friendly production methods and supports educational programmes for employees.
Christopher Farr is a certified Label STEP Fair Trade partner and we undergo regular independent audits of our supply chain to ensure we comply with – or exceed – Label STEP’s fair-trade standards at every stage in our production process. Because of this commitment, every Christopher Farr rug helps improve the lives of the people who created it.
CARE & FAIR
Focused on the heritage carpet-knotting communities of India, Nepal and Pakistan, Care & Fair exists to maintain fair labour practices throughout the carpet industry. Care & Fair was founded in 1994 by a group of carpet importers determined to eliminate child labour from Indian rug production and to ensure that the children of weaving communities had access to decent education.
Christopher Farr is an active member of Care & Fair, and works with the initiative to improve living conditions for traditional rug makers and their families, and to ensure that the highest standards of welfare are sustained at every step in the crafting of our rugs.
The once-magnificent arts and architecture traditions of Afghanistan have been all but eradicated by decades of war. Turquoise Mountain was founded by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2006 to protect and revive them. Through regeneration projects in historic areas, the initiative works to create jobs, revive endangered skills and restore dignity to Afghan men and women whose lives have been transformed by war.
In the years since its establishment, Turquoise Mountain has expanded its scope to encompass projects in Myanmar and the Middle East, helped establish more than 50 businesses in Kabul, curated international exhibitions, and restored hundreds of war-damaged buildings. Christopher Farr works closely with Turquoise Mountain to rebuild the Afghan rug-making industry and sustain a regional craft that dates back thousands of years.