We travel the world looking for meaning. Like all the artwork in our hotels, we seek out textiles that evoke a feeling we haven't felt before. Our most revered textiles function as rich narrative devices, telling layered and nuanced stories of the places they're from. Cultural meaning is expressed through color, motif, the process of weaving itself —the handling and counting of threads, threading the loom, weaving the cloth, cutting the cloth — and the temporality of the fabric itself. We like objects with a history.
We've found carpets in the Grand Bazaar in Turkey, block-printed textiles in Jaipur and Lebanon (with which we upholstered our iconic Pillow Chairs), arabesque drapery in Egypt, antique lace in the South of France and swaths of intricate floral fabric in flea markets in Paris, woven with 24k gold thread.