Walk this way: Exquisite superyacht carpets from Tai Ping
There are few designers who won’t turn to Tai Ping when looking to create a one-of-a-kind carpet or rug to complement a design scheme. The custom handmade and woven carpet manufacturer has won international acclaim for its innovative designs and superior quality. Founded in Hong Kong in 1956, the House of Tai Ping now has 14 showrooms across Europe, Asia and North America, and creates bespoke rugs and floor coverings for every sphere of the residential and hospitality markets globally. It has since also introduced two celebrated carpet manufacturers, Edward Fields and La Manufacture Cogolin, into the House of Tai Ping family, helping to expand its offering further.
Each of the brands brings considerable heritage and a different creative outlook to the company. La Manufacture Cogolin was founded in 1924 by textile designer Jean Lauer, when he purchased a workshop in a small village near Saint-Tropez that created rugs, hand-knotted or woven by local craftswomen on 19th-century looms. In its heydey the company collaborated with such celebrated designers as Jules Leleu, Sir David Hicks and the artist Jean Cocteau.
Edward Fields Carpet Makers, acquired in 2005 by the House of Tai Ping, is an American manufacturer founded by Edward Fields in 1935. At a time when flooring was seen as simply functional, Fields revolutionised the industry by elevating carpet production to an art form. Edward Fields rugs and carpets can be found in architectural landmarks and notable private residences, such as the White House and the Glass House by Philip Johnson. Both brands are a fitting addition to the House of Tai Ping, which was built on a promise to preserve the artistry of handmade carpets and continually delivers creativity and quality in its designs.
The Yacht Division of House of Tai Ping was founded in 2002, and its products have since been fitted on more than 400 yachts, including the likes of Amadea, Faith, Hasna, Aquila,Black Pearl,Dilbar, Ulysses, Aurora and Seasense. All the carpets and rugs are custom designed for each boat and rendered in the finest New Zealand wool and silks. They are often hand-sculpted, giving them a texture and topography. Tai Ping offers a comprehensive concierge service, overseeing the process from design and sampling, through to manufacturing, installation and lifetime maintenance.
The latest collection from Edward Fields for House of Tai Ping is the perfect example of this. Reverence is a series of floor coverings created in collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist and furniture designer Fernando Mastrangelo and inspired by the typographic contours of landscapes, from the travertine terraces in Yellowstone National Park to the salt flats in Utah. Using a mixture of materials, from blended silk and wool yarns to shag with low-pile contrasts, the carpets have been meticulously handcrafted to create contrast in texture and depth, as well as having a beautiful ombre effect in a colour palette of neutrals. It is a perfect example of how far House of Tai Ping will go to create the most one-of-a-kind creations.
House of Tai Ping recently acquired a new manufacturing facility in Xiamen, China. Designed by Sandrolini Architecte, the Paris-based architects behind the Louis Vuitton factory in Venice, Italy, the workshop features state-of-the-art functionality, world-class design and impressive sustainability initiatives. Here, the company produces handmade rugs and carpets for Tai Ping’s global residential, aviation and yacht customers, and also showcases the highly technical skills and processes of custom rug making.