WHO WE ARE
Tapistelar is a textile studio based between Bogotá and Rome, founded in 2019 by Giovina Carabba and Santiago Hoyos inspired both in Giovina’s family textile heritage from the east of Italy in the 15th century, and the knowledge of the agave natural fiber inherited from Santiago’s grandfather in Colombia.
Tapistelar works with artisans supporting Colombia’s history of craftsmanship, giving life to a beautifully distinct aesthetic transforming noble natural materials such as agave fiber into refined pieces, hand weaved in both horizontal and vertical looms, and finished by hand. Its pieces aim is to represent the country's cultural diversity as well as its natural beauty.The rugs are individually woven to order with Colombian agave fiber, a material that originates from the Andean Mountains. It is a fiber extracted from the leaves of the local Fucraea tree, used since the pre-Columbian era to weave coffee bags, textiles and baskets.
Woven by skilled artisans, and born from a generational heritage, each carpet is the result of a laborious weaving process that takes up to 40 days to complete. The character of each textile is not only defined by the color and pattern but also by its texture, with which the three-dimensional effect resulting from the mix of materials of different nature is obtained adding casual elegance and tropical luxury aesthetic to any space.
GIOVINA CARABBA TETTAMANTI
Born and raised in Rome, Giovina studied art economics first in Milan and then in London. After a sabbatical trip to Colombia, at the age of 23 she decided to stay and work in an NGO to help the victims of the guerrillas to associate in agricultural and craft cooperatives for their development and reintegration into society. It is there that she met some of the artisans who are now part of the Tapistelar team.
Born in Colombia, Santiago grew up visiting his grandfather's coffee export company where he got to know agave fiber and its production up close as this type of agave fiber is used to export beans in large bags around the world. An economist by training, he is passionate about architecture and history. After leaving a multinational job in 2019, he decides to pursue his passion for agave fiber and founds Tapistelar together with Giovina.