Omar had shown the Rillis used in various locations of his home-like studio and also explained how the Pakistani sometimes use them as rugs. “It seems sacrilegious, almost.” he says, but continues to explain how the density of the fabric allows it to wear well.
Rillis are not as common place here, and the price tag shows it. Although the sizes are different due to their uniqueness, the average size is approximately 65 x 88 in. which should be enough for a queen size bed. But be prepared to pay for this luxury, prices for rillis range anywhere from $800 - $1500.
Omar also imports fine Jacquard Silks which were also abundant as pillows, tapestries and robes. I particularly liked the silk trimmed table linens- runners, napkins and coasters. No word on pricing for those just yet.
Perhaps the most exciting venture for Omar is his foray into furniture design and upholstery. Currently, he is developing a line of reupholstered vintage furniture, mostly art deco era pieces in teak.
I was also allowed a “sneak peak” at a concept for a sofa bed that Omar proudly uses and displays in his own living room upstairs. The concept originally came from a shipwreck, actually. Pakistan is notorious for salvage operations for ships from around the world. One of his associates called him and explained the sofa, and convinced him to build a prototype. Well, actually a few prototypes before they got it right. The sofa is simple, comfortable and actually has a semi-modern look to it. It opens to a full size bed in mere seconds and closes as easily.
Omar is excited about developing this concept for New York City, where space is usually as tight as a ship’s quarters, and rightfully so. I would quickly acquire one for my own bite size apartment.
- Justine K.