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who we are

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.

About our name

The name Soumak was chosen to embody the Middle East and the Mediterranean
in a simple and meaningful way — signifying both a tapestry type and a spice used in
Middle Eastern cuisine while also evoking the warm and hospitable spirit of the region
through its deep red colour. Soumak captures the essence of this diverse culture with
its rich artistic heritage, flavourful traditions, and welcoming atmosphere.

our artisan partners

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.

Our Values

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.

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Sustainably Made

At Soumak Boutique, we are committed to eco-friendly practices by selecting materials that stand up to the test of time and use. Our products are made from 100% natural textiles and tapestries, ensuring that your purchase not only supports artisans but also the planet.

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Supporting Women

As a women-owned business, we understand the power of female entrepreneurship. Many of the artisans we collaborate with are also women, and we are dedicated to fostering economic empowerment and independence within these communities.

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Local Collaborations

Our boutique proudly partners with an array of talented local Canadian artisans, alongside Syrian refugees who now call Canada home. Together, they craft exquisite Mosaic handicrafts and board games, fusing their diverse backgrounds and experiences into every creation.

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One-of-a-Kind Pieces

Our collections are a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind items that celebrate individuality. With every Soumak purchase, our customers become a part of a greater narrative—a testament to sustainability, cultural appreciation, and the enduring power of art.

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Empowering Artisans

Every piece in our collection tells a unique story, woven with dedication and love by artisans from the heartlands of Turkey and Syria. We take pride in curating items that are authentic in their craftsmanship, design, and cultural significance.

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Honouring Traditions

By working with craftspeople, weavers, jewelry makers, and others who have practiced their craft for generations, we allow consumers to shop mindfully and enjoy long-lasting products that celebrate a rich tapestry of history and culture.

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