Wabi-sabi is (…) an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect, or even decayed, an aesthetic sensibility that finds a melancholic beauty in the impermanence of all things.
Andrew Juniper, author
In today’s world, we are surrounded by mass-produced objects in perfect shape, cheap to produce, easily replaceable and rarely made of natural fabrics and materials. It it is a breath of fresh air to discover the Japanese ancient esthetic philosophy of Wabi Sabi.
Wabi Sabi inspires us to bring authenticity, calmness and thoughtfulness in our home décor, in a natural and ethical way. Let us tell you why.
Wabi 侘(わ)び in its original meaning translates as “loneliness” and refers to the peace of a simple and humble life lived in nature. Sabi 寂(さ)び refers to the transience of everything, to the beauty of change caused by age, and to the acceptance of the natural cycle of birth and death.
At Sukhi, we love the principles behind Wabi Sabi. Especially the calmness and the serenity that come when we do not engage in unnecessary complications and we follow the natural flow of life.
We are humbled to discover this Japanese aesthetics and vision of life. In the Western world it seems so difficult to embrace such a vision and accept the imperfect and impermanent, with grace, with humility, with wisdom. It is impressive that Wabi Sabi was actually a choice of life, preferred by the rich people as well, like a spiritual practice of peace and acceptance.
Wabi Sabi is an art transmitted from generation to generation, from master to disciple as an art of living. It used to be deeply rooted in people’s inner being and naturally expressed in the way they were living in their homes.
Intimate décor – made by artisans
In home design, the imperfection of Wabi Sabi is not coming from lack of attention or lack of dedication; it is not an intention to create a messy aspect as a design style. It is about allowing the object, made of natural fabrics and materials, to follow its course in time; to allow it to be authentic, imperfect, instead of replacing it with something new.
Allow yourself to discover the intimacy of a Sukhi handmade rug made by the hardworking artisans who weave their dreams with the threads. There is an intimacy and integrity to it, created by the place the rug came from.
Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
Richard Powell, author
Harmony and inspiration from nature – symbols on the rugs
The preferred tones are white, greens and browns, colors inspired from nature, earthly. The fabrics are natural. Wool is one of the natural preferred fabrics. There is wisdom of simplicity in the design and attention to details, making every piece of decor full of meaning.
Appreciate the natural fabrics and the process of making a Sukhi Beni Ourain rug. Feel gratitude for the higher quality of the objects you choose for your home. Allow this gratitude to make these objects long lasting and to get better with age.
Wabi Sabi teaches us to love what we have as it is, to see its beauty and its value without trying to change or replace it. To see with the eyes of wisdom the greatness of life and feel in the same time the melancholy of impermanence. To cherish what we have, as we know everything is transient in this life. To accept everything as it is.
Wabi Sabi is a lesson of gratitude and humbleness. In décor, it promotes peace and authenticity. Just like Sukhi!