A small team of two passionate women, Kelly Peyton & Liz FitzGerald, based in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Our mutual love of handcrafted goods, yoga, the outdoors, and traveling brought us together as business partners. We strive to do things right and have a shared vision of building a sustainable and ethical company.
This is our founder, Kelly.
And this massive grin, although incredibly sweaty (it was about 110° in New Delhi that day) marks a very exciting moment. She just witnessed master weavers turn her amateur Ritual Rug prototype into a masterfully crafted PRODUCT. It was the moment that she realized that her dream of creating a sustainable, handwoven yoga mat was TRUELY possible! It was a good time. Welcome to our founder's story.
An artist by nature,
and avid yoga practitioner, Kelly always had an issue with the typical yoga mat. Sweaty hands are not the friend of a rubber surface, and no matter how much she spent on a mat, her problem of slipping persisted. She resorted to purchasing a towel, which quickly became smelly and part of an unsustainable cycle. During yet another slippery yoga class, the epiphany hit; what if the yoga mat material was interwoven with fiber, to help stop the hands from slipping?
A floor loom was purchased, her expensive yoga mat was cut up into strips, and after years of prototyping and MANY yoga classes later, The Ritual Rug began taking formation.
We value people, tradition and the hand. Our mission is to support communities around the world that continue their beautiful tradition of hand-crafted products and to nurture these cultures through collaborating and designing innovative products that can be shared with the modern consumer.
Heart To Heart
The price of The Ritual Rug is a reflection of the care and craft that goes into each and every one. We care about the connection you have to your yoga practice, and as a company adhere to some core beliefs in order to be good stewards on this planet -- both from a humanitarian and environmental perspective.
Handmade takes time. Our process does not happen in a factory that stamps out millions of products at a time. Akin to the practice of yoga, our weavers use a meditative process that is thousands of years old, and the outcome is your Ritual Rug. It's also very important to us that our weavers are paid fair wages and work in facilities that are GoodWeave International certified.
In addition, we have chosen to use organic hemp in our mats. While this adds to the cost, we believe it's worth it. This magical natural fiber makes up 30% of our mats and is naturally antimicrobial, super durable, and is considered one of the most sustainable farming crops on the planet.
Our goal is to create a product that is more in line with yogic philosophy of mindfulness, and we hope to start a conversation in the yoga world around how things are made. How can we connect to our mind and body, but also to the rest of the world through the products we choose to purchase? We're literally weaving together the approaches of the past with present technologies, to create a highly functional, but also incredibly beautiful piece on which to practice yoga and meditation.