During these chilly winter days, nesting at home becomes the norm even for gregarious social butterflies. While it may be argued that Hong Kong has a cold winter, many can attest to the general lack of central heating in this city making it feel colder inside once the mercury dips below 10˚C. That is where carpets come into the picture. Not only can they completely change the look of a room, they can help insulate it against cold while dampening sound. Their plush pile invites bare feet to sink deep while warming frozen toes. Plus, with contemporary homes offering regulated temperatures all year around, keeping carpets looking their best has never been simpler in our subtropical climate.
Last fall, Tai Ping Carpets introduced its Epoch Collection of 17 hand-tufted rugs inspired by the modern principles of the Bauhaus movement. For the past five decades, the Hong Kong-based company has brought the crafting of custom carpets to an international arena, with new collections that are understated works of art for the home.
For Epoch, Tai Ping’s director of design Yasmina Benazzou worked with her team to evoke the lines and patterns in an avant-garde homage to the machine age. Bauhaus design rules with a rational simplicity that still inspire architects today. The forward-looking, futuristic concepts eschew superfluous decoration, and focus on the subtleties inherent in a neutral palette of grey shades with accents of blue and gold. Epoch’s fibres include wool, flax and silk, and can be customised to suit exact dimensions or other specifications.
Epoch’s 17 patterns include Archetype, a boldly graphic chevron articulated in matte textured wool and silk. The dull sheen of the silk forms a nebulous ground that makes the pattern stand apart like a contemporary labyrinth. Omission is a busy zigzag pattern that revels in contrasting black and white component to resemble a series of steps within steps. Its textures background contains threads of dull silk, and the entire carpet is framed using a unique mirrored border. Subtraction is an organic array of squiggles that play with scale, with a twisted wool background against a soothing silk in the same tonal family. And Time, a series of minimalist graded blocks in wool and flax loops, is inspired by Bauhaus textile designer Anni Albers.
Also last fall, high end Turkish carpet maker Stepevi unveiled two products: Harem and George. Founded in Istanbul in 1919 and with manufacturing facilities in the south of Turkey, Stepevi employs the centuries old traditions of Ottoman carpet making for its exclusive wool and silk fused rugs. Its shades of taupe, titanium and stone give the products a natural, effortless appeal that belies its luxury.
Harem is a blended silk over tuft carpet with a pattern that echoes the grand architecture of Ottoman palaces. Its rectilinear aesthetic alludes to the women section’s mysterious window façade. George is a blended silk cut and loop pile product with an abstract pattern that uses two yarns to showcase their respective qualities of beauty and strength. Both products employ Stepevi’s undertoned design style, with its highly textural qualities.
Lastly, Netherlands-based Carpet Sign (also available at Kitchens+Interiors in Central) has made a name for itself by blending unique structure and colour combinations to decadent ends. Carpet Sign boasts five striking, multi-textured bespoke lines: the chic Salinas de Maras is inspired by Peru’s Andean landscapes; the low pile wool/polyester blend Metropolis Design has a distinctly urban personality; Caméléon’s multi-toned tuft is crafted from pure New Zealand wool for a super-soft feel underfoot; Connect mixes cut and loop pile for a high contrast, contemporary finish; and Atlantique is designed to work in outdoor spaces (waterproof, UV-resistant) where some warming up may be required. So no matter where you are at home, it could be time to kick off your shoes.