Floored by the

Tai Ping cel­e­brates 60 years of crafts­man­ship and de­sign dur­ing which its foot­print has ex­tended beyond Hong Kong to Europe and the US

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus Tai Ping -

Shiny new floors in a house you’ve just bought al­ways create a rather en­tic­ing co­nun­drum. Do you over­lay them with mar­ble? Tile them? Or do you han­ker af­ter some­thing more time­less and glam­orous? If so, then you should re­ally get some rugs.

For decades, Hong Kong’s elite have known where to turn when their floors are in need of decoration. Tai Ping, founded in 1956, cel­e­brates its 60th an­niver­sary this year. Founded in a very dif­fer­ent time, Tai Ping orig­i­nally came about as a cel­e­bra­tion of China’s ex­tra­or­di­nary rug-mak­ing history in an era when Chinese-made goods were un­der­stand­ably dif­fi­cult to come by. Bol­stered by the vast pop­u­la­tion in­crease in Hong Kong from 600,000 in 1945 to 2.5 mil­lion in 1955, Tai Ping was born at a time when the Bri­tish colony was trans­form­ing from a trad­ing port to a man­u­fac­tur­ing base.

But Tai Ping was about more than mak­ing money. Founded by a group of al­tru­is­tic busi­ness­men, in­clud­ing the Kadoorie broth­ers, Tai Ping was also a way of help­ing refugees from the main­land to use their skills to start a new life in Hong Kong.

The com­pany’s growth was phe­nom­e­nal. Us­ing the best ma­te­ri­als in the Asia-pa­cific re­gion, in­clud­ing silk, linen, wool and cash­mere,

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