WHO WE ARE
Founded by Giovina Carabba in 2019, Tapistelar is a textile studio where Colombian heritage craft meets Italian luxury design. The result is a distinct aesthetic that celebrates Colombia’s artisan tradition, the honest beauty of natural materials, and the joy of self-expression and diversity. Designed in Rome and produced in Bogotá, the studio’s refined pieces are handwoven mainly from Furcraea fibre, known locally as fique, by skilled Colombian artisans. Honouring a centuries old technique, each rug requires a laborious weaving process that takes up to 40 days to complete. The nature-inspired tones, intricate patterns and, above all, the rich texture of the materials define the character of every piece, making them absolutely unique and highly customizable. Exceptional but never overstated, Tapistelar’s designs bring casual elegance and tropical luxury to any space.
Giovina Carabba Tettamanti - Tapistelar Founder
Born and raised in Rome, Giovina studied Art Economics in Milan and London. At 23 she travelled to Colombia on sabbatical, where she decided to stay and work for an NGO that focused on supporting the reintegration of guerrilla victims into society by forming agricultural and craft cooperatives. This is where she met some of the artisans who are now part of the Tapistelar team. Inspired by their creations, and drawing on her own heritage –her family was part of the textile industry in 15th Century Abruzzo–, Giovina founded Tapistelar in 2019.“When I first discovered fique textiles I immediately saw so many possibilities. I thought: ‘I see myself in them.’ And I was excited to experiment, to blend the artisans’ fascinating know-how with my own ideas.” Giovina Carabba Tettamanti.