Our Journey

2 people standing at the edge of long drop in Albania

I set off on a journey around the world. When I returned, Karakorum was born.

In 2013, my partner and I set out on bikes with the vague plan of heading East and seeing how far we got. 
Almost 2 years and over 20,000 kilometres later, we returned to the UK. It was an amazing and life-changing experience. One that inspired me to want to start working with many of the fair-trade artisans I encountered on our journey. 

My dream is to introduce you to the beauty of high-quality, homemade and ethical homeware. Practical, stunning and wonderfully different to what you can buy on a UK high street or in standard fairtrade shops.

Be unique. Buy ethical and fairtrade homeware that’s affordable, modern and beautiful.

Would you like to add a splash of colour to your study or living room with Karakorum’s amazing Swazi candles or cosy throws? Or beautify your kitchen with stunning but practical homewarelike our woven baskets and tableware? 

You can find all of this (and much more) in my online shop.

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris
Classic elephant
Close up of ethical peppermint green throw
Giraffe Candles

Growing up in South Africa, I’ve always been surrounded by amazing handmade goods, from wire and beadwork to wood carving and painting. It helped that my mother was an artist too!

I started Karakorum to combine my love for beautiful crafts, arts and travel with my passion for offering affordable alternatives to throwaway products. We live in a world of fast and cheap goods, where little thought is given to how and why things are made.

I want to encourage you to buy quality goods that aren’t produced at the expense of others or of the environment. 

Karakorum’s beautiful products all have their own story and significance.
You’ll learn these stories in all product descriptions and I hope you’ll find them as interesting as I do. 
Enjoy your fairtrade journey and find out more! 
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