The company started as Inspired Vision Studios and has now developed into Nguni Galore – a child of this parent company.
We fell in love with indigenous South Africa and were inspired by the humble Nguni cow. The beautiful hide and innocent creature had something that intrigued us and so Nguni Galore was born.
Our operations today are headed up by the owner, John Lamberti, who is also the in-house photographer. He has an eye for all things natural and raw.
John’s vision was been to create a range of products South African inspired which now includes canvas prints, bags, tableware, and cushions.
The process to get these items to market is a very personal one. Each product is hand-painted or photographed and made with a purpose.
NguniGalore creates eye-catching canvas prints and decor items. We draw inspiration from nguni hides to create a product range of printed imagery that includes canvas prints, cushions, tableware, bags, and much more featuring original photos and beautiful nguni patterns.
Our range also features other South African favourites such as proteas, wildflowers, birds and landscapes which complement our nguni prints. Our coasters and placemats are made from a durable easy-clean material and will last you a lifetime. The stain-resistant coating makes them perfect for the “little people” too!
Find the perfect gift from our extensive range of printed decor items, or order a custom print using your favourite photo. We create mounted canvas prints, placemats and coasters, table runners, tea towels and various styles of bags. We also offer corporate gifting options so that you can give your employees or customers the best!
We’re giving you a sneak peek into the workings of Nguni Galore. It all starts behind the scenes with a photograph or image.
It all starts with an idea ... whether it be Nguni cows, Proteas, birds or other indigeneous flowers. We have a brilliant in-house artist who hand-paints some of our unique designs, such as our latest coasters and placemats. There is also our graphic designer who takes Johns images and transforms them into special pieces.
Each canvas is hand made by our team. There are many size canvases to choose from to suit your style and space. We source our wood locally and in a sustainable manner. The individual measured pieces of wood are then transformed into frames for our canvas prints. The frames are underpinned for stability to ensure that they will never collapse or break.
The designs are screen printed onto our high quality canvas fabric to show the fine detail of each photo. Once printed they are cut to size with minimal waste of materials. The canvas is then fitted to the frame, stretched tight to cover the frame at the back, and stapled into place.Tableware such as coasters or placemats are printed directly on to board with a durable coating.
Some of our other products such as our cushions, bags and stationery bags will need to be sewn. We have two in-house seamstresses who take their job very seriously! Every thread is cut, and every item is carefully checked, and checked again. The ladies work together as a team and really enjoy their work as every day brings about a new design, concept and item.
All products are now ready to be locked and loaded. They are packaged to ensure that they remain clean and in perfect condition on reaching the reseller or consumer. Canvas prints are boxed for extra protection. The boxes are then piled high in our factory, ready for dispatch. Some items are displayed at our factory showroom or taken to the Shongweni Farmers Market.
From photographing the Ngunis, painting flowers and birds, to sewing cushions and mounting canvases, every team member at Nguni Galore has an important role in the process.
Most of the team have been with us for years and everyone is a valued member of the Nguni Galore family.
Since then, these animals have played an important social and economic role in the development of Zulu, Xhosa, and Swazi societies and are also used as a bride’s dowry. Nguni cattle have strong associations both in name and in physical attributes to their surroundings on the plains of KwaZulu-Natal and Zululand.
These cattle are amongst some of the toughest breeds, being able to survive extremes in climate as well as, at times, very limited and tough grass. The Nguni breed are known for their fertility and resistance to disease, and are characterised by their multicoloured skin which can present many different patterns.
It is these colours and patterns that have caught the imagination of home owners and decorators and today Nguni hides have become a ‘must have’ to a large percentage of South African home owners.
Nguni hides come in an assortment of rich colours and patterns. The more dominant colours being black, white, brown and in less common instances, a combination of all three or dun (also known as yellow).
Each of the varying hide patterns has a name closely associated to an animal, bird, plant or other natural wonder. Although it is not necessarily limited to this natural association, for example, on the odd occasion, a beast may be described by the pattern of the hide itself. Nguni hides are highly functional and are mostly used as “rugs” in homes and furniture coverings as they are both decorative and warm.
In more recent times, hides have been used to manufacture an array of other household items. Our focus at Ngunigalore is less on using the hide itself in creating our product range but more on printing imagery of the cattle to decorate canvas prints for wall art, on cushions, placemats and coasters.