The Story of The Silkroad
East Meets West
4,000 years ago the Chinese first discovered how to cultivate the threads found in the cocoons of native caterpillars. Each cocoon produces a continuous thread 600 to 900 metres long which is then spun into the fabric we know today as Silk. This innovation marked the birth of the interior design industry with interior traders travelling across pre-existing routes through Asia, Africa and Europe to sell their products to the West. This route became a melting pot of ideas.
Ideas, Progression, Innovation
The Silk Route has stimulated designers and fired imaginations worldwide. By way of example, you will now see chinese-styled wallpaper which is produced in Britain, and features English as opposed to Chinese subjects. To this day, Silk still remains one of the most desirable fabrics for designers.
Sahran Abeysundara, Lead Designer at The Silkroad UK, has enjoyed a career spanning Sri Lanka, Dubai, Maldives, India, Thailand and Hong Kong. He has witnessed first hand how exciting design can be when East meets West, and has observed the cross-border similarities of his clients.
Fusion of Form and Function
The requirements of my clients in Sri Lanka, whose old colonial homes could have been picked straight out of the Surrey Countryside, and those of my European clients are remarkably similar. There is a warmth and mystique surrounding the Orient that my clients in the UK want to subtly introduce into their homes, and visa versa with my international clients, who look to add more British touches into their homes. The result is always an interaction of quality, elegance and style, rising above the notion of following a trend.
It is the Wests demand for vibrant and rich fabrics, high quality, bespoke furniture and exotic accessories that has led to the launch of The Silkroad in the UK.
The Silkroad capitalises on the best of East and combines this with the best of the West.
Our Own Silkroad is the latest link on this amazing journey. We bring to Surrey, London and the Home Counties, a multitude of fabrics hand picked from the finest fabric houses in Europe, and our own collections of stylish and original accessories, giftware and furniture.
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