About Our Jarapas
Jarapas (which can also be used as throws and bedspreads) have been created by Andalucian artisans for centuries. The craft is an offshoot of the thriving silk and textile industries of the 10th to 15th centuries in Granada Province and has its roots in the Moorish textile traditions of Syria and Persia. The unique, brightly coloured rugs continue to be handcrafted on wooden looms that are often based in remote mountain workshops. The high quality fibres used, and the type of loom employed make the rugs both strong and soft.
Our jarapas are made by two highly respected artisans. Juan Bordalás (pictured above) specialises in the wonderfully thick ‘Provenzal’ jarapas: two rugs in one, each side showing a geometrically contrasting design. These rugs come in many beautiful colours as well as neutral shades. They are super hard-wearing and excellent value for money!
Choosing a rug
What sort of rug?For busy areas like entrance halls and kitchens, choose a hardwearing single-sided style. Don’t forget, they can be washed and come out of the machine looking as good as new.
For dark floors, choose light-coloured rugs. For light-coloured floors, choose brighter rugs.
If you are putting a rug under a table, the rug should be about 12cm longer and wider than the table.
All rugs are machine washable, making them ideal if you have pets. Also, current feedback from jarapa-owning cat-owners is that cats choose to sleep on the rugs, rather than claw at them!
Which colours?Light and space: Light-coloured rugs will brighten dark rooms and make small rooms seem bigger. Cream and beige rugs also convey a sophisticated and elegant style.
Great for kids: Jarapas come in many fun colours which, along with the fact they are washable, make them perfect for children’s bedrooms!
Cool and calming: Fresh colours, such as blue and green, are said to promote tranquility.
Warm and cosy: Earthy colours, such as terracotta, red, ochre and brown, create a snug atmosphere.
How to care for your recycled cotton Spanish rug
When you get your jarapa home, shake it outside to remove any loose cotton.
Wash on a 30 degree cycle (40 degree may also be OK for single-sided rugs) in your domestic machine. Larger rugs can be taken to a launderette or dry cleaner. If your rug is one of the looser-woven types, select a slower spin speed.
Single-sided jarapas will dry naturally on a clothes line. However, due to their weight, fluffy double-sided and Provenzal rugs should be tumble-dried. This will also enhance the pile. After washing a fluffy or Provenzal jarapa, check your washing machine filter for any excess fluff, and clear it if necessary.
Do not bleach and do not iron.
Jarapas can also be cleaned using a vacuum cleaner. For fluffy rugs, use a soft-furnishing attachment. Jarapas can be secured on any smooth surfaces using anti-slip products such as rug underlay, sticky tape or rug anti-slip spray. Anti-slip underlay is also available in IKEA. We now have some non-slip rug underlay in our shop, too.