Totem specializes in exclusive custom carpeting for commercial properties and handmade area rugs for residential homes. We work to reinvent rug design and collaborate with our clients to produce rugs and tapestries that are innovative and noteworthy.
Totem rugs and tapestries are hand-tufted, flat-woven, loom-woven and hand-knotted. The yarns in our rugs are natural fibers such as wool, hemp, bamboo, silk, linen and cotton and have been hand-spun, hand-dyed & hand-loomed with care. Our experienced Toronto-based rug designers collaborate with talented weavers in Nepal, India and Thailand to create rugs and tapestries that challenge traditional ideals and push boundaries in rug design.
Totem designers and weavers work together and experiment with unique weaving techniques, so high levels of quality can be achieved. Every Totem rug takes anywhere from six to twelve weeks to be produced and can last a lifetime or even longer.
Our rugs and tapestries are so well-made they become heirlooms; works of art that last generations and grow in value. We create contemporary rugs with meaning; functional conscious works of art.
What we offer you
We offer a complimentary mobile service within the Greater Toronto Area. Our colour swatches and rug samples travel with us. Our goal is to make it as easy and as efficient as possible for you to design with us. The first consultation is free of charge; we sit down with you, review project specifications, take measurements, photograph your space etc.
Fresh Attitudes and Design Perspectives
Totem's lead designers have passion for the craft and have unique training in many areas of interior, textile and industrial design. Our designers are experts in the field and have over a decade of collective experience working on corporate and residential accounts all over North America.
Advanced Design Tools
We offer only the best tools to work with. With access to thousands of colour swatches and the leading virtual rug design software, Totem makes it easy for you to visualize the rugs you want to make. We even digitally inlay our designs into photos of your living space, so you receive mock-ups of what you rooms will look like.
Fair Trade. Handmade. High Quality.
We work closely with talented craftsman in Nepal, India and Thailand to produce only the most beautiful handmade rugs and tapestries. We pay close attention to production and compensate everyone we work with in light of the fair trade movement.
A Hub for the Arts
Our goal is to make rug design more accessible to emerging and established talent. At Totem we think of rugs as 'maps of time' and look to collaborate with artists from many disciplines so the 'spirit of our time' can be captured in our contemporary rug collections. Learn more about our past collaborations.