About Us

The Team

In October 2010, the weavery was bought by John Southern, who has an extensive history in  business and textiles. His idea was to keep the weavery alive and offer it a fresh new start. After crossing paths with Sophia Booley in August 2010, a month after she had moved to Prince Albert, the weavery was set to begin it’s new journey. With a passion for quality, design, craftsmanship and service, Sophia now manages and runs the business hands on and intends to build on strong foundations and create further opportunities within the business to aid growth.

“It is important for me to offer a personalised service to all my clients, while making sure that Karoo Looms is at all times providing the market with the highest quality product.”

Please meet our team of talented, highly skilled ladies, whom Karoo Looms wouldn’t be the same without, they bring song and laughter to the weavery and continue to show off their passion, motivation and skill in what they do.

  • Petro: Spinner with the weavery since its inception in 1983
  • Christa: Fineweaver and spinner with the company since 1987
  • Marinda: Weaver with the company since 1991
  • Maria: Weaver and spinner with the company since 1996.

The Company

Karoo Looms was previously trading as ‘Wolskuur Spinners’ which was founded in 1983. The weavery began selling rugs, curtaining and fine weavings to a local market and grew steadily  to service international clients alike. From 1989 on, the weavery began to specialize in the production of woollen rugs, and majority of the rugs were woven for an international market, namely Germany. Shortly thereafter the introduction of mohair as the fibre of choice made its way onto the looms, and the weavery has since been perfecting its production of mohair rugs, now offering of the best quality mohair rugs on the market.

Presently, the weavery has now taken on a new contemporary look, introduced a wider choice of more modern designs, and boasts their own retail and gift shop located in the old cinema on the main rd in Prince Albert.

“We intend to keep up with design trends across the globe, extend our product range and aim to become one of South Africas forerunners in producing handwoven mohair rugs.”


55 Church Street
Prince Albert 6930
South Africa


Tel/Fax: +27 (0) 23 541 1363
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 819 4851
Email: info@karooweavery.co.za

Legal & Credits

© 2011 Karoo Looms. All Rights Reserved.
Handcrafted in sunny Cape Town by Tenacity Works