Karakorum introduces you to artisans of the world and the beautiful stories behind their products. This ethical home decor brand is a joyous celebration of traditional crafts, small business and fair trade practices.
Karakorum is named after the former capital of the Moghul Empire, one of the most important cities on the Silk Road, despite its small size. Likewise, the brand is a small-but-mighty route for trade from around the world.
A scroll through the Karakorum collection is like looking into the shop window of global artisans. Find candles crafted in Eswatini alongside Indian throws, Moroccan lanterns and Guatemalan sugar skull mugs.
All Karakorum products have a special story and significance. Even more importantly, everything in the range is ethically made and sourced. That means the makers get a fair wage, there’s no exploitation in the supply chain, women are treated equally and the local community benefits from Karakorum’s trade.
Whether you’re after a memorable, meaningful gift or a piece you can show off in your own home with pride – the Karakorum collection is the place to find it.
Natasha von Memerty grew up around handmade artisan goods in South Africa, where crafts like beadwork and wood carving were popular. Her mum was also an artist, so creativity was part of her home life too.
It took a mammoth bike ride (more than 20,000km!) for Natasha to think about turning her love for beautifully made products into a business. During the trip from the UK to Thailand, she encountered many artisans and small communities handmaking distinctive goods. Often they’d hone one craft to the point of perfection.
Back in her attic in Stroud, Natasha started curating products from these kinds of artisans and communities, ensuring they were never produced at the expense of others or the environment. She’s been growing Karakorum and her collection of incredible, ethically sourced products ever since.
Natasha von Memerty