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Fort Street Studio

Last night we were lucky enough to co-host an event with the fabulous Fort Street Studio. Their beautiful showroom based in Wong Chuk Hang was the venue for the event, celebrating the launch of the second edition of Design Anthology, a high end interiors journal by designer Suzy Annetta.

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I was looking forwards to visiting their showroom, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Fort Street Studio make the worlds most luxurious hand knotted silk carpets. Founders Brad and Janice from New York are both painters by background, and a journey into China 20 years ago led them to translating their beautiful paintings into these silk rugs. I felt that they should be recognised as works of art in their own right, but chatting to Janice she was insistent that they didn’t want people to be scared to use them for what they were made for- as rugs. The showroom felt more like an apartment or gallery- the rugs hanging like delicate, textural paintings on the walls, the luxurious beauty being off-set perfectly with the industrial style exposed concrete ceilings, and limed wood floors.

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The delicacy of colour and tone in their rugs is breathtaking- achieved by using wild Dandong silk, from northern China, each individual thread being hand tufted. Brad told me it takes about 4 months of solid work to physically make each rug. Harvested from the wild oak forests in Northern China, the harsher climate results in a silk fiber thicker, stronger, and heavier than most.

With showrooms in New York, Los Angeles, and now Hong Kong, their collection is extensive, and they sell to a very exclusive clientele- you will find these beauties in the most fabulous homes around the world.

Truly the most beautiful carpets I’ve ever seen, I can only dream of one day being lucky enough to own one.

www.fortstreetstudio.com

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About Shan Valla

Shan Annabelle Valla is a London-based designer of luxury glass and porcelain objects for the interior. Shan graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2009 and her products have been stocked in Selfridges, Liberty and Paul Smith.

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