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Tai Ping

Tai Ping is known as a manufacturer of fine carpets. The company, whose name translates as 'Great Peace', was founded in 1956 in Hong Kong by a group of businessmen led by Horace and Lawrence Kadoorie. Still headquartered in Hong Kong, Tai Ping has showrooms around the world and additional flagship stores in Shanghai, New York and Paris. Tai Ping began producing Tianjin-style knotted carpets, employing more than 30 workers. The city of Tianjin had been a center for the international wool trade and a nexus of Art Deco design innovation in carpet-weaving in the pre-war decades; rugs in this style were brightly colored and intricately patterned for an eye-catching look. Tai Ping hired textile engineer Anthony Yeh, who would develop the Magic Needle technology and revolutionize the company's process. Hand-knotting the carpets with the aid of a motorized tool resulted in a rug that was thick and durable, yet still flexible. In 1958, Tai Ping created a carpet for Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California. The carpet was so large that it had to be crafted in a special tent erected outside the Tai Ping workshop. To honor the legendary carpet, the company integrated the tent into its logo. The 1960s saw expansion into a larger facility and the creation of carpets for the British royal family. Today, Tai Ping continues to produce fine-quality carpets. Recent collections include the ocean-inspired 'Tides', which uses resist-dye processes to create a marbled, watercolor effect, and the sculpturally textured, bright-hued Bubbles group, designed by Rita Motta Perez.