Childhood friends, we both moved to Asia after college. Our paths crossed in Shanghai, and here the LuRu Home story begins.
Out and about in the French Concession, the Huangpu alleyways, the labyrinthine markets, we’d spot swaths of faded indigo textiles. These Nankeen fabrics and their storied history struck a chord. Nankeen dyeing’s advanced age, its exquisite soy-paste technique, and its precarious situation amidst China’s industrialized textile industry compelled us to act.
We founded LuRu Home in 2010 to bring patronage to the vital few families still printing Nankeen fabrics by hand, and to share their art with home dwellers around the globe.
Our focus soon expanded to embrace the vast scope of Chinese aesthetic design. We bring fine examples of Nankeen indigo and other Middle Kingdom textiles to market through our vintage and antique fabrics collections. Building upon the reservoir of Nankeen prints and Shanghai art deco motifs, we’ve created a line of screen-printed fabrics for upholstery.
LuRu Home is the definitive authority on Nankeen indigo dyed textiles, both new and old. Beyond Nankeen dyeing, our work breathes new life into the marriage of East and West, redefines Chinoiserie, and makes Chinese textile art accessible and relevant to a contemporary way of living.