WELCOME!Welcome to the world of NURAXI [nu-ra-she] where we value our artisans, exceptional quality, and you.
NURAXI was inspired by Su Nuraxi, an ancient fortified village located in Sardinia. Among many purposes, it is believed to have served as a trading post and meeting place where people came together, each generation adding to the workmanship and knowledge of the past.
NURAXI continues this tradition, bringing customers and artisans from around the world together.
Our collections are for those who seek extraordinary quality and value the spirit and heart woven into each handcrafted piece. Your purchase promotes sustainable design, ensures fair pay for artisans, and helps preserve increasingly rare skills, traditions and materials for future generations.
Handblock of Su Nuraxi archeological site by Lauren Mcintosh
OUR PHILOSOPHYChoose materials and methods with meaning.
We travel the world to work exclusively with skilled artisans and designers who are committed to quality craftsmanship and sustainable production. We collaborate with them to assemble one-of-a-kind home and accessories collections. These relationships take time to establish and are based on trust. We want to know as much as we can about every aspect of the pieces we share; from the history and stewardship of the land, to the health of the animals.
Alpaca fiber is considered some of the finest in the world. Spun for thousands of years by indigenous people of the Andes highlands, alpaca was once reserved for Incan royalty. Upholding this tradition, ours is selected by the hands of native Andean women who recognize the quality by touch - a skill taught by generations of experience.
Despite its name, “baby” alpaca actually refers to fiber that comes from the softest part of the adult alpaca, the chest. The first clip of the shearling alpaca, called baby alpaca, provides this light, soft fiber. These softest of yarns come from highly skilled cooperatives of artisans and small ateliers.
It is incredibly durable, with one of the highest tensile strengths of any natural fiber. Alpaca's unique semi-hollow core gives it an insulating softness that captures heat and ensures coziness. With minimal lanolin and other oils, it is hypoallergenic and can often be worn by people who are allergic to wool.
Alpaca produce 22 tones of natural color ranging from greys and whites to rich browns. Due to the range of color, there is little need for dyeing.
Nepal + Mongolia
Cashmere fiber is collected during the spring molting season from the fine, downy undercoat of the Cashmere goat, as they naturally shed their winter coat.
Cashmere has notable thermal regulating properties, with the ability to take up to 40% percent of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. The fibers are extremely fine and despite weighing 10 times less than wool, are actually warmer. A durable and practical investment, cashmere is both extremely longlasting and easy to care for. It travels well and offers great insulation; warm in the winter and cool in the spring.
Our cashmere comes from the absolute finest quality fibers, and is hand woven on traditional looms by the discerning hands of local craftsmen. Length and fineness of the fibers chosen are what distinguish cashmere qualities. Our scarves and wraps are made with longer, thinner fibers, ensuring they pill less and maintain their shape better than lower quality cashmere. You can feel the difference.
Our pestemals are incredibly soft. They are fashioned from high quality organic cotton, and grow softer with each wash. Because they are made of organic cotton, they require no fabric softener to retain their softness; it is inherent in the fabric.
We source pestemals that are hand woven from 100% organic cotton, which grow more absorbent with each wash. Unlike the cotton we use, commercially processed cotton is treated with chemicals to “break it in” reducing absorbency. Organic cotton must be naturally “broken in” with time, use, and washing. Once broken in (after 3-4 washes), it is far softer and more absorbent than traditional cotton.
Pestemal has been loomed for many generations in Turkey and has been historically used in the Turkish communal baths. The families we work with are some of the last families in Turkey to loom all of their textiles the way they have been loomed for hundreds of years - on old, shuttle style looms from exclusively organic cotton threads. For their work, our weavers are paid fair wages.
Nepal + India
Often referred to as ‘the cotton cashmere’, Khasto blankets come to us from India and Nepal, by way of Holland. The softness of cashmere combined with the practicality of cotton have made Khasto style blankets a staple since the early 1900s. Each blanket is constructed from three layers of the most refined muslin, with the center sheet modeling a print, gently seen through the surrounding layers of gauze.
These layers lightly retain warmth, yet remain breathable, making Khasto the perfect choice for all season swaddling, or wrapping up in on travels. Khasto is exceptionally easy to care for; just pop it in the washer - you’ll love how it becomes even softer with every wash.
When it comes to Yak, we work exclusively with Norlha to bring you the absolute gold standard. The word “Norlha” is used by Tibetan nomadic herders to refer to the yak they tend. It also translates to “Wealth of the Gods,” as the yak truly is a gift to all of us. Referencing this, Norlha aims to help preserve the ancient, local traditions of the region, while adding innovative concepts to help connect these precious artifacts with a greater global market.
Khullu (the under-layer) is an astonishing fiber when spun. The dense, soft feel is likened to cashmere with zero itchiness. Remarkably, yak wool is almost twice as warm as merino. Take a second to consider the merino sheep grazing around 3000 feet, while yak thrive at roughly 16,000 feet. That’s a huge difference in temperature and the yak has supplied warmth, food and shelter to the nomadic herders of the Himalayan plateau for thousands of years.
The yak wool is sourced directly from the herder communities of the Gannon Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture each spring when the yak naturally shed their fine, silky winter khullu. If the herders didn’t gather the wool, it would simply fall off, so no harm is done to the generous animals. The fiber is collected by hand, cleaned, hand spun and woven locally into the incredibly luxurious blankets and ponchos we bring to you.
Fun Fact: Contrary to popular belief, the yak actually has no stinky odor and due to completely natural antimicrobial qualities, its wool is odor resistant as well as water resistant!
For countless generations, the indigenous Wichi women have gathered in groups and, sitting on the ground, prepared chaguar leaves, cleaning them thoroughly, then drying, spinning and knitting them.
The chaguar plant is found in the Chaco forest in Argentina. It resembles the yucca, with sword-shaped evergreen leaves growing to roughly 3 feet high. It is the Wichi women who have mastered the skills needed to obtain the chaguar fiber from its tough leaves. December to May only, they travel into the forest in small groups to harvest the chaguar with wooden spades or machetes.
The leaves are then soaked in water to soften, and pounded until the fibers are exposed, washed and hung on branches to dry. When dry, the fibers are worked into threads by rubbing them together on the thigh, previously coated with ash to ease the task. These threads are later dyed with natural pigment obtained from forest plants, in colors ranging from bright yellow to blue and black. The dyed fibers are then woven into our beautiful baskets and cushion covers either using a needle or simple hand looms.
Although the women go into the forest together, each gathers only the material she herself needs before returning to spin and knit with the help of other female family members, and it is this way that the skills are passed along and the chaguar economy remains within each family.
Patagonia + The Andes
Llama fleece is one of the most sustainable and low-impact products on earth. It has extensive benefits for conscientious consumers, the growers and artisans of the Andes, and the planet as a whole.
On the Altiplano (high plain) llama fleece has been annually shorn by native Andeans, and used in various textiles for thousands of years, with no harm to the animals. The llama is an inherent part of the ecology of this region and as they graze on native plants, they help restore the natural habitat after centuries of overgrazing by sheep.
Llama wool is naturally durable, hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. It contains no lanolin and no chemical agents are ever used in processing. The natural fiber comes in many different colors ranging from white or grey to reddish-brown, brown, dark brown and black.
Native Andeans are now seeing new opportunities, restoring a strong sense of pride in producing high quality products that celebrate and reclaim part of their culture in an enduring, traditionally and environmentally friendly way. Llamas are once again providing the basis for a way of life and a viable, sustainable economy.
Prized for their incredibly soft coat, which produce wool of incomparable softness and warmth, the merino sheep are one of the most ancient sheep breeds. They are celebrated for their hardiness, as evidenced by the survival of wild flocks in extreme climates. The merino wool used in the pieces we carry are sourced from the heights of the Patagonian Andes. Rest assured the wool we use comes from sheep never exposed to the practice of mulesing.
Merino wool does not have the coarse, itchy feel of standard wool because the merino fibers are much finer than standard sheep’s wool. Like most wools, merino contains lanolin, which has antibacterial properties, but unlike "traditional" wool, merino is much finer and softer. Merino fibers have a low micron count of 21- 24. The higher the count, the rougher the fiber, and 24 and below are the very softest.
The unprocessed merino used in the Cloud Collection blankets, has a nearly pure white color, incredible strength and natural elasticity, and is incomparably soft against the skin.