Hailing from Hamburg with Iranian roots, award-winning designer Hossein Rezvani comes from a long line of artisanal carpet makers and in 2009 he started his own business re-inventing the Persian rug for the 21st Century. Featuring classical patterns and century-old symbols, his designs are updated with contemporary colour schemes to fit today’s style of interior decoration. Inspired by everything, from travel and patterns to colours and art, his designs use authentic craftsmanship being woven exclusively in Isfahan in Iran where the art of carpet weaving is completed at home. Living and working in Hamburg, Hossein Rezvani spends 70% of his time travelling around the world curating shows, meeting clients and gaining inspiration for his latest collections.
We caught up with Hossein Rezvani, for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.
I am big fan of classics like Chelsea and Belgravia, but also really enjoy Marylebone and Notting Hill. The variety of people, laid back and cool spots, restaurants, cafes and shops, all this gives these hoods a very special flair.
Favourite place for brunch:
I love the Connaught Hotel and the Saturday brunch there at Helene Darrouze is just superb! The classic interior combined with exquisite food makes this brunch one of the best in town.
Best coffee in London:
The Mount Street Deli, my absolute favourite for flat white in London. A must stop when I am in town.
Favourite gallery or museum:
I am big fan of the Whitechapel gallery because their program always is very interesting and diversified. Also Saatchi still is a must visit when in London.
Tell us a secret:
This year I am working on a new collection, where materials are mixed, we are using wool and silk in a different texture mix. So first sample are in the making and am really curious to see how it will look. So you can be sure 2018 will be full of new surprises that are worth being secrets.
Favourite place to shop:
I am not a big fan of shopping and do most of my casuals online on Mr. Porter and see my tailors in Napoli and Dubai every 5-6 months, to get my shirts and suits for the season. That sums it up for me in terms of shopping.
Favourite place to find inspiration:
London in general is inspiration to me. The city his so vibrant and has so much to offer. People, culture, history and heritage. A place which combines all this is The Ned.
Best London destination for a date:
I have not been dating for a while now, but I remember a date a couple of years ago, which took me to the London Zoo followed by some proper fish and chips.
Primrose hill to is my favourite park right in London, another favourite of mine is Holland park, it is a bit tricky to find but really worth the search.
Favourite food market:
Cabbages and Frocks Market in Marylebone, after visiting that market be sure to have gained 1-2 kilos at least.
Your sanctuary in the city:
It has to be the Queenwood golf club, friends of mine are members there, so every time I get the chance we drive out and its 45 mins from central London. To a golfer it is heaven on earth!
What inspires you?
I get inspired by a lot of things, but for my designs mostly antique carpets. I just love the ornaments and colours. A lot of inspiration also comes while travelling, I recently been to China and the merge of traditional and modern there is just mind-blowing. It is the same combination that I look for in my designs, to create a contemporary modern classic.
This season I’m loving:
Colour. For my 2017 collection I have been using really bold and string colours. I normally work with grey’s and neutral tomes, but this year I just wanted something different eye-catching. And still now our clients love it too.