CHARLIE, the Koala

Charlie, the Koala, made for climbing up into bed with! Crafted from pure burel wool, those jumbo ears double as a comfy pillow too. 
  • Handmade in Portugal
  • HxW: 36 x 28 cm
  • 100% wool 
  • With every animal purchased Carapau donate 3% to wildlife conservation organisations
Handmade in burel, an artisanal fabric, so there may be minor variations in color and shape. Fabric made from 100% pure wool, traditionally used by shepherds from the top of the mountains, burel was born in the heart of Serra da Estrela and today is supported by the creativity of the best Portuguese designers.

Burel is a traditional Portuguese artisanal fabric that is 100% wool. It is one of the most resistant fabrics in the world. It is a strong, tight, wear-resistant, water-repellent, and fire-retardant fabric. These characteristics come from the way in which it is made: the wool is washed, spun, and woven into a fabric. Then it is pounded and scalded with very hot water, making it more compact and resistant. Burel was originally created by the highland people to protect themselves from the rain, snow, and cold winds of the mountains used to make cloaks and other cloths, mainly workwear for farmers and shepherds. It is an eco-friendly product without harmful chemicals.

Hand wash with warm water

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Maker Profile


Carapau Portuguese products are created and designed by Rita Faria and Tiago Couto, two Portuguese graphic designers who decided to create a project in parallel with their graphic design studio. “More than a toy, they are an object of decoration,” explains Rita Faria. Hence they began by showing their work at international decoration fairs such as Maison et Objet (Paris), Ny Now (New York), and Top Drawer (London).

Designed and handmade with care in Portugal
Carapau Portuguese Products create handcrafted home products with high-quality and ecological traditional Portuguese raw materials which combine ancient erudition with a contemporary design. All products are handmade in their studio in Oporto, Portugal.

We care about wildlife
We are in the midst of a conservation crisis that is occurring around the globe resulting in the catastrophic loss of countless species and the accelerated destruction of wild landscapes.

The more we learned, the more we were inspired to do something about it. We believe social businesses can help change the world.

We decided to make a commitment to help wildlife conservation. With every Carapau animal purchase, we donate 3% to wildlife conservation organisations.

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These goods can be composted at the end of their useful life, leaving no trace of their existence.

Ethically Made

These goods are made by suppliers that pay fair wages, guarantee no child labour, and maintain a safe working environment.


Handcrafted goods are one of a kind that have been created by skilled artisans often using techniques passed down through generations, rather than by automated, machine-based processes. Small irregularities are celebrated and are what make handcrafted goods unique.


These goods are manufactured in the same country in which they are designed. This sustains the local economy and is more equitable for the workers and their communities. 


These goods have been crafted with materials that are derived from naturally occurring materials, plants or animals, with minimal processing. 


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In an effort to reduce waste, the design of these goods are either part or wholly made from up-cycled or previously used materials. These can be either salvaged directly in their current form or from recycled materials, such as paper, glass or metal.


Goods made from materials that can be replenished at the rate they are consumed, all with minimal environmental and social impact. Such as FSC wood, bamboo and wool. 


These goods are produced by artisans or companies that are open, honest, and straightforward about their business operations. Transparency builds trust, from makers through to customers.


These are goods that contain absolutely no animal products or by-products and were not tested on animals at any stage.

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