Arati Rao, Brooklyn
Colorful geometric flat-weave rugs (starting at $150) made in Rajasthan, India.
Tantuvi empowers women in India by training and employing them in weaving, a respected and traditionally male-dominated craft.
A former freelance fashion designer, Arati was troubled by sweatshop conditions and the lives of fabric-makers. When she founded Tantuvi in 2010, she wanted to know her makers and ensure good working conditions, so she visited India to reconnect with her roots and meet the dhurrie weavers who now make her rugs.
Arati works with weavers from start to finish to create her abstract designs, which are tougher to weave than repeating patterns, to ensure they’re doable and to find new ways to use traditional techniques. tantuvistudio.com