SoHo’s ‘Ralo’ Tibetan Rug Company Relocating to Orchard Street
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Here’s something new for Orchard Street – rugs.
The Bosi Contemporary gallery vacated its 2,000 square-foot retail space last June after five years at 48-50 Orchard Street. Six months later, the vacancy has been filled. A SoHo-based company specializing in Tibetan rugs is relocating here. So, in case you’re jonesin’ for a Tiger Rug and have cash to burn…
A single poster went up this week pimping the forthcoming arrival of Ralo. According to the ad copy, we can expect a debut sometime in the spring of 2017.
Ralo has been in New York City for decades. First-generation Tibetan immigrant Tsering Lhungay first opened the store back in 1985. At the time, it was considered one of the first Tibetan-owned businesses in the country.
Tsering Lhungay, an expert in Chinese and Tibetan art and history, is the founder and creative director of Ralo. Beginning in the 1970s, operating from a small workshop in Nepal, he and his family sought out Tibetan dye-masters, and master weavers who held the immemorial knowledge of Tibetan rug making. Today, following the ancient ways—from obtaining and processing the highland wool into yarn, to producing the dyes, and dying the yarn, to making the design templates and weaving the rugs—Ralo artisans produce rugs that reflect the deep historical, philosophical, and spiritual roots of Tibet.