Thirty Six Knots
Thirty Six Knots is a luxury rug and furniture store that also whips up coffee and fresh smoothies from its cafe inside.
The store—located directly across from Summerhill station—gets its name from the oldest known carpet in the world: the Pazyryk rug, a ceremonial carpet discovered in Siberia made up of 36,000 double knots per centimetre.
It's a mix of artisanal furniture and contemporary household wares like clocks from LEFF Amsterdam ($106), sourced from more than 40 international brands.
It also doesn't hurt that the store offers a wide selection of drinks from the imposing bar at the centre of the space.
You can grab a matche latte ($5.25) while perusing pieces from North Carolina's Bones Studio include a blossoming wooden cocktail table from their Quarry collection, priced at $8,100.There's vases from Menu, and a cluster of light pendants made from re-purposed cardboard range courtesy of the Scraplights collection by Seattle-based design studio Greypants.
A stereo console table ($4000) from New York brand Symbol Audio, built to order, come with two inputs, Bluetooth connection, and a little unit for your vinyls.
Past the matcha tea cannisters from Kami are two showrooms in the back with more than 50 rugs. Everything is woven from soft New Zealand wool, and the stock changes monthly, ranging between $3000 and $40,000 per item.
You also design a rug from scratch here, customizing your floor coverer down from the pattern to the size. But even if you're not on the market for a wool and silk blend rug, visitors are more than welcome to visit Thirty Six Knot's clean cafe counter for a surprisingly great menu of refreshments.
Lattes ($4.25) and epresso shots ($3) are available courtesy of local roaster Propeller along with the occasional feature roaster like Kittel from Montreal.
More welcome than the baked goods from Toronto favourite Circles and Squares is a mango lassi ($7).
It's custom made for the store by Village Juicery, hence its healthy, more gingery flavour than the average yogurt-rich Indian drink.
Even better: the green creamsicle ($9.95) that deceptively looks like your average veggie shake but is actually a sweet-tasting blend of coconut milk, orange juice, organic spinach, avocado and vanilla.
Unlike most other high-end furniture stores, Thirty Six Knots opens itself up with a welcoming cafe that invites everyone to drop by for a visit.