The Ruby Tree Collection
British designer Bethan Gray and Islamic art and crafts expert Mitchell Abdul Karim Crites have collaborated to create The Ruby Tree collection – a range of exquisite furniture and decorative accessories made from marble and semi-precious stones from across the globe. Produced by master craftsmen, the natural variations in the materials mean each handcrafted piece is entirely unique.
The collection, which includes a table, bowls, candlesticks and coasters, currently consists of two distinct designs. Petal is inspired by geometric patterns found in the 17th-century Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and features a symmetrical design of petal shapes arranged in concentric circles. The carved marble is inlaid with lapis lazuli, rose quartz or ruby, with a cutwork variation also available. The Stripe design is a dramatic contrast, with turquoise Amazonite stone providing a colourful highlight against black marble. The radiating design references lustreware ceramic vessels from the medieval Islamic world.
Alongside the collection, which is available exclusively at iconic British department store Harrods, The Ruby Tree is also offering a bespoke service for those seeking even more unique items.
The Ruby Tree demonstrates the key role that heritage plays in the luxury market as designers take fresh approaches to ancient craft techniques – see Ancient Inspires Modern and Precious Craft for further insight. For more unusual approaches to stone and marble, see Made of Stone.