The Silkroad Story
Inspiration Behind The Brand
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 which is spun into the fabric we know today as Silk. This innovation marked the birth of the interior design industry with interior traders traversing pre-existing routes through China, Persia, Arabia, and Europe to sell their products to the West and likewise introducing the East to gold, silver and wool. This route is now universally known as The Silk Route. To this day the Silk Route continues to ignite the imaginations of designers worldwide, conjuring up ideas of the exotic, the mystery and the opulent.
These pioneers were responsible for the introduction of many opulent goods, handwoven rugs and fine fabrics, as well commodities we take for granted today such as paper, all of which has had a profound impact on the western world. The constant movement and mixing of populations along The Silk Route was also responsible for cementing strategic international alliances and the promotion of progress through the exchange of knowledge, innovation and the sharing of ideas, cultures and beliefs across many different kingdoms and empires. In this way, language, religion and cultures continually developed and influenced each other as they still do today.
This trading route became the birthplace for our desire for beautiful treasures to embellish our homes, echoing perfectly with the ethos of our own Silkroad brand. The Silkroad encompasses the same principles, seeking out rich, vibrant and luxurious fabrics and wallpapers which are hand-selected from the finest fabric houses across the world, and our unique accessory ranges which celebrate the best of East and West. Capitalising on Europe’s reputation for high-quality furniture, our bespoke collections of sofas and chairs have been designed to last for years to come. We source all of our products from destinations along The Silk Road, celebrating the excitement and diversity of this incredible route.