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We've been working on a new rug of one of our favorite cities in Asia. Hong Kong is a hyper-dense, dynamic metropolis of high-rises, sloped roadways and escalators that somehow occupies a verdant mountainous island. The logic-defying engineering at play in this built environment is nothing short of breathtaking. Add to that a beautiful waterfront setting and lush tropical green spaces throughout, and you have a one-of-a-kind place - Hong Kong!

URBAN FABRIC Hong Kong rug

There are so many things we love about Hong Kong that make it unique and memorable. For this rug we chose colors that evoke Hong Kong's prominent seaside character and the awe-inspiring concrete built environment that's nestled between the mountains and the waterfront. The resulting 'Aquamarine and Concrete' colorway brings these two elements of Hong Kong's urban fabric together into a harmonious composition.

Hong Kong's waterfront skyline

Check back with us soon for more images of the latest new rug designs and follow us on Instagram @urbanfabric_official for works in progress, design inspirations and previews of upcoming Limited Edition pieces!

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We are pleased to welcome Casa Casa as our new Shanghai distributor!

Our Signature Shanghai rug in the 'Fog and Concrete' colorway

Casa Casa is a long-standing authority in Shanghai known for their curated collection of outstanding and creative luxury design brands. URBAN FABRIC's rugs were recently added to Casa Casa's multi-brand portfolio alongside Cappellini, Carl Hansen, Vitra and Zanotta, to name a few. Casa Casa's Founder Nelson Leung Wai strives to represent the best design products to the Chinese market and hand selects the brands they choose to represent.

Casa Casa founder Nelson Leung Wai

I've always strived to provide my customers with unique, quality design products for them to express their personality and style. Urban Fabric's use of maps as inspiration for their custom rugs os a great concept we think our customers will love! It allows them to capture the memory of a significant city or place in a one-of-a-kind handmade rug. The rugs are luxurious, really beautiful and totally unique. I was impressed with Urban Fabric's designs and their high quality and I immediately wanted one for our showroom!

- Nelson Leung Wai, Founder of Casa Casa

Casa Casa's storefront on Shanghai's busy Anfu Road

Casa Casa's Shanghai showroom can be found in the heart of Shanghai's Former French Concession at 201-1 Anfu Road. Visit the CONTACT section of our website for a full list of our dealers.

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This custom made rug of Manhattan is adorned with the city's iconic yellow taxi cabs.

The customized Urban Fabric Manhattan 'Taxi' rug

10'-0" x 10-0"

100% New Zealand Wool

We are always fielding requests from customers looking for custom designed rugs. For this project, our client wanted a rug of Manhattan to highlight their office location. They were inspired by the ubiquitous yellow taxi cabs that run through the streets of Manhattan and wanted to make that part of their rug.

Inspirational image of Manhattan taxi cabs from our client

At first, we identified that our clients wanted their Manhattan rug to be a 'zoomed in' version of the Manhattan rug in our Signature Collection. Our original Manhattan rug actually represents the whole island in a figure-ground map, as seen below.

The signature Manhattan Rug

3.0m x 8.5m

100% New Zealand Wool

In order to showcase our client's specific building location within this map, we decided it was necessary to zoom in to a scale where we could show the details of individual buildings in their rug. This led us to develop our first "neighborhood scale" version of the Manhattan rug, in which we were able to show park spaces, sidewalks, individual buildings and eventually - taxis!

Additional customized flourishes came when we rotated the regular street grid to a diagonal orientation and chamfered the rug's corner edges. Finally, with the client's location placed squarely in the center of the composition, we highlighted this address in a lighter shade of grey to differentiate it from it's neighbors.

For more information on our custom rugs or to get a quotation, click HERE

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