Tapetes de Lana was created in 1998 as a vocational training program for rural individuals in the art of weaving. We have worked in northeastern New Mexico, an area with a unique history tied to both Spain, Mexico and the indigenous people of this land. Here there exists a high percentage of the population living below the poverty level, as is frequently the fate of rural communities. However, we believe that the rural lifestyle can be sustaining, with or without large sums of money. We intend to encourage sustenance in our rural communities, and thus assist those who wish to remain in their ancestral homes. Northern New Mexicans still enjoy a vibrant rural way of life. It is now time to revive our lost traditions so that our people can continue to stay within their families and communities, while simultaneously subsidizing their incomes.
These days, Tapetes de Lana is the name for our weaving gallery, local art center and factory direct yarn store on mainstreet in Mora, New Mexico, in a renovated historic mercantile. We continue to provide training in weaving and a gallery space for weavers to sell their work. We also show and sell the work of local artists– potters, quilters, photographers, painters, woodworkers, soap and salve makers, jewelers, knitters, crafters, and etcetera!! Our shop is filled with yarns made in our mill with local and regional fibers, in natural colors or dyed by hand.