When it comes to interior spaces, it’s typically the art or the finishings that get the spotlight. But in places like the White House and the Ritz Paris, there’s also art right underneath your feet. The carpets by the House of Tai Ping, a Hong Kong-based brand founded in 1956 by a group of Chinese businessmen, has designed and created the carpeting in some of the world’s most distinctive and historic spaces. From private yachts, jets, and homes (the late Brooke Astor and Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen), to top fashion houses and hotels (The Baccarat, Mandarin Oriental, and L’Hermitage Monaco), Tai Ping has become the go-to carpet designer for an elite crowd. They’ve also collaborated with the likes of Peter Marino, Kenzo Takada, and Christian Lacroix creative director Sasha Wickoff on special carpeting.

“All of the carpets are haute couture,” said House of Tai Ping global creative director, Jean-Pierre Tortil. “Each one is handcrafted and highly detailed — they are very, very time-consuming to design and realize.”

Tortil and his team of designers work closely with each client to create a customized piece. Though the prices range quite a bit depending on the level of customization and the materials, a standard piece from the Chroma Collection starts at around $126 per square foot. (For a standard 8' x 10’ rug, that’s over $10,000.)

“One of my favorite stories is when Brooke Astor asked us to create a rug that would hide her dog’s droppings,” said Tortil. That’s just one of many different kinds of things they have to think about when designing for a picky client. “For example, we have to think about whether a space will be really high traffic or where it will be placed — like if it’s going on a yacht, we need to make sure it can get wet. We have highly specialized teams for that reason.”

Here, Tortil gives us an inside look at Tai Ping’s custom jobs for yachts, hotels, and homes around the world. The takeaway? Don’t forget to look down.

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