Paco Pakdoust has been in the business of creating beautiful handmade carpets since 1997, yet he still relishes the challenge of creating unique pieces by collaborating with artists and designers. The expert carpet-maker’s limited-edition range of art carpets, commissioned by Southern Guild, are based on paintings by leading South African artists such as Conrad Botes, John Murray, Wayne Barker, Kerri Evans, Albert Redelinghuys.
Iranian by birth, Paco moved from Germany to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1996 when he was in his 20s. The first thing he and his family did to make some money was put their family heirloom rugs from Iran on auction. The auctioneer failed to pay them, but Paco opened a store selling furniture and rugs, and began importing carpets from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. In 2004 he bought out his business partner and pursued a new direction for the business, introducing contemporary designs but retaining traditional handcrafted methods.
He oversees all aspects of production, from the purchasing of raw materials, dyeing, spinning and weaving of the wool, to the actual making of each piece. The wool is sourced from Tibet, New Zealand and Mongolia, and the rugs are woven in workshops established in India, Nepal and Pakistan. Other natural fabrics ranging from silk, linen, hemp, nettle, bamboo or a combination thereof is often used to create textures unique to each design.