Fort Street Studio Celebrates the Color Red

We have many reasons to celebrate the color red during the month of February. In the west, where Valentine’s Day is celebrated, red is for lovers. In the east the color red is prominent during Lunar New Years celebrations, where it symbolizes good fortune and joy. Throughout the world, all different shades of red are used in interiors, whether used as a bright pop or a warm wash. Here’s how Fort Street Studio celebrated rose, vermilion, cranberry, maroon, and scarlet rugs this month.


In our US showrooms, we celebrated Valentine’s Day with a playful collection of red carpets near and dear to our “hearts.”



While our Hong Kong Showroom celebrated Chinese New Year. Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Year of the Dog!

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Year of the Dog



All of Fort Street Studio’s rugs are hand-dyed, hand-knotted, hand-trimmed, and finished by hand. Our production processes are truly time-honored traditions guided by a talented artisan at every step of the process. This month we shared two red rugs at various stages in our production process.

From our factory in Northern China, we see a custom-colored round Karl wild silk rug being hand-trimmed.

A red custom-colored Karl wild silk rug is trimmed and finished by hand.

What do you do when the 800+ square foot custom Ring carpet you’ve just woven has to dry after washing? If you’re our weaver in Nepal, you take it up to the roof! We got such a kick out of this photo of this oversize wool/silk rug and hanks of yarn out to dry in the sun.

A custom oversize Ring Red dries in the sun during finishing, on the roof of our weaving factory in Nepal.


Internationally, designers can agree on one thing: when you need a little drama or passion, inject a room with red! Here were some of our favorite rooms with rugs in shades of red.

In California, Jordan Design Crew used our Asian Field Red wild silk runner in this gallery hallway. The texture is vibrant, but it doesn’t distract from the family photo wall on the left and William Klein on the right.

Rug: Asian Field Red. Interior Design by Jordan Design Crew.

Designer Valerie Pasquiou sent her red chair fabric to our art department, who customized our Salon Fern with its classic “drawn lines” motif, to incorporate of pop of red. The result: très magnifique!

This throwback is from LCDQ 2011, from Platner & Co & Marge Carson, as a tribute to Jackson Pollack. Aura Teal brings additional dramatic energy to this window display!

Rug: Aura Teal. From Platner & Co / Marge Carson window at LCDQ Legends, 2011

In West Kowloon, Simon Chong Design Consultants Ltd used our Plum Cinnabar wild silk carpet to brighten up this mostly-white space.

Rug: Plum Cinnabar. Interior Design: Simon Chong Design Consultants Ltd

Finally, a Fort Street Studio classic, our Ring Red rug. A simple, painterly brushstroke of color is all that’s needed. Don’t you just want to curl up relaxing and reading on this soft and sumptuous wild silk rug?

Rug: Ring Red. Photo: Dominique Vorillon



One of the most challenging, but most rewarding, ways of selecting a hand-made carpet is creating a customized piece.  Fort Street Studio’s Art Department can work with designers & their clients to custom-color any design, using a fabric, paint chip, or pantone number. Here we share a few of our favorite custom-color renderings from our artists’ studios, all which highlight the color red.