Product care // Materials

All collections are made from environmentally friendly and natural materials. Handmade by skilled artisans in Nepal, each of our collections have their own unique care methods. From rugs to blankets, learn more about the materials we use to produce our products as well as our suggestions on how to clean and look after  them. 

How to care for Chaccra products

All our rugs are handwoven by expert Tibetan rug artisans in Nepal, using only the finest natural materials and are dyed using specialist Swiss dyes.

Learn how to clean and care for your rug:

Vacuum rugs lightly every 1-2 weeks

Vacuum the underside of the rug every three months

Attend to spills immediately by applying water to the affected area, followed by blotting with a clean cloth, repeat until any stains from the spill have been removed, avoid rubbing the area as this can damage the rug

Do not use chemical cleaners and other household cleaning products on the rug as this may affect the colour of the dye

Never leave your rug folded for an extended period of time, this could lead to the threads warping and misshaping

If you are displaying your rug in places with lots of sunshine, ensure you rotate the rug every six months to avoid colour loss from sun light

Send your rug for a professional rug wash every 3 years and more often if it is located in a high traffic area or if a major stain is sustained. 

Our blankets are made from 100% Himalayan sheep's wool, sourced from rural communities in Nepal's highlands.

Learn how to clean and care for Himalayan sheep's wool:

Never wash our woollen blankets in the washing machine, always either wash by hand in cold water or dry clean

In the case of spillages, use a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb any liquid

To remove stains we suggest taking your blanket to a trusted dry cleaners

Learn more about the materials we use

We use Himalayan wool from Changphel sheep who live over 14,000 feet above sea level. Farmed by Nepalese nomadic communities, Himalayan sheep are subject to extremely cold weather and in order to cope with such low temperatures their fleece is particularly long, tensile strong and contains a high level of lanolin.

Lanolin is a waxy substance that is naturally produced by sheep and covers the fibers of their wool acting as a type of moisturizer. It’s what gives Himalayan sheeps wool its reputation for being the most durable and luxurious wool on the planet.

Hemp is the durable fibre that not only creates long lasting, beautiful rugs and furnishings, it’s also great for the environment, is renewable and grows naturally in the mild and humid Nepalese Himalayas.

Hemp is a self-sustaining weed that doesn’t need arable land to grow making it an invaluable resource to remote Nepalese communities who need their land for food cultivation. Although farming hemp is technically still illegal in Nepal, its natural growth continues to be a solid source of income for Nepal’s rural communities.

The practice of Chinese silk production dates back over 6000 years, making China the only country to have independently produced the fabric worldwide. Traditional Chinese silk is made from the cocoons of Bombyx Mori silkworms and is world renowned for its beautifully soft and shiny finish.

Designed with luxury in mind, Chinese silk is a high end but fragile fabric and requires plenty of care in order to maintain its original beauty. Perfect for low traffic areas and wall hangings, pure Chinese silk should only be used for decorative purposes.

With the same exquisite finish as traditional silk, bamboo silk is 100% renewable and is considered a luxurious alternative to traditional silks made from silkworms. Made from the stalks of bamboo, bamboo silk is extremely durable, has the same shiny qualities as traditional silks, is breathable like cotton, cool to the touch and can be easily blended with other fibres.

Our banana silk is handmade and comes from the Planes in Nepal. Unlike machine made banana fibres, our banana silk is strong and durable as well as shiny, making it the perfect solution for our handwoven rug collections.

Banana silk is 100% natural, can be dyed any colour and is an extremely versatile material that offers a beautiful range of finishes and styles.

Nettle, also known as allo, is a natural fibre that’s found in the nettle plant. From root to tip the nettle plant is a useful resource and is used for a variety of medicines, foods and crafts. Nettle leaves are loaded with stinging hairs that are full of formic acid, serotonin and histamine, making it, in its natural form, a useful way to prevent pests in the home.

Nettle is a great fibre to use in rugs because it requires little to no maintenance and can be left to its own devices with little worry.

Linen is one of the most popular fibres in the world and derives from the flax plant. A naturally durable and versatile fibre, linen comes in shades of ecru, tan, grey or ivory and can be easily dyed any colour.

Linen is cool to the touch and is an ideal fibre for hot weather countries because it has a high natural luster, as well as being easy to clean.