About Us

Samarkand Design grew out of a passion for textiles. It was founded by Hilly Grumbar and Carrie Hart; a pair bound not just by friendship but also by their shared passion for design and artisanal craftsmanship. As inspired by the classic ‘English’ look as we are by our extensive travels across India and Africa, this first collection of our favourite things brings together the vibrant and the eclectic, reflecting the stories of craftsmanship from across the world.

What services do you provide?

Lighting, Rugs

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Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

A private client asked us to work with her to supply lampshades for her wonderful house in North London full of diverse and highly original interiors. Unusually the lampshades weren't an afterthought but an integral part of the whole schemes. The extraordinary range of colour and pattern found amongst our large collection of vintage silk sarees allowed us to source exactly the right look for each of the main reception rooms - reflecting the bold backdrop of the striped wallpaper in the drawing room and repeating the motif on the painted walls of the morning room in the unusual vintage wrought iron lamp bases. We were also able to incorporate our signature grey and white block printed cotton voile shade on our 'Indian scroll' lamp-base which worked well within the more contemporary stone clad entrance.