Meet our founders
Soumak Boutique is the brainchild of Rasha and Elvira, two passionate Middle Eastern women who share a deep love and admiration for Middle Eastern handcraft art and culture. The boutique was established in May 2021 to showcase the rich and diverse culture of the Middle East, while creating sustainable alternatives to practical and beloved items from the region.
Rasha grew up in old Damascus, while Elvira split time between old Baku and Istanbul. These cities are renowned for their beautiful craftsmanship in various forms of handmade arts, mosaics, textiles, tapestries, pottery and ceramics, mother of pearl marquetry, wood engraving, and stone mosaic. Despite being far from their heritage culture and handicraft, the two women were driven by strong nostalgia to bring this culture to Canada.
How our products are made
The idea for Soumak Boutique was inspired by the support groups formed for refugee women and adolescent girls in the aftermath of the war in Syria. These groups utilized their artisan skills to create beautiful handmade products that share refugee journey and reflect on their unique culture. The experience was both arduous and inspiring, and highlighted the incredible potential of artisan women despite their struggles. Today, Soumak Boutique operates in Canada with a mission to empower refugee and women artisans.
Soumak Boutique takes pride in promoting this rich culture, reviving its heritage, and educating people about Middle Eastern history and culture through artwork. The boutique is also committed to being a sustainable business with a strategic focus on producing goods that are made in small batches and require a craftsman's skill.
What we stand for
We care about timeless and valuable handmade products, close to earth and nature. Each product is created with care and love by artisans with
its own unique signature that adds beauty and warmth to your style and home.