The second day I attended was much easier than the first as my body had adjusted somewhat to the jet lag. Along the way I saw an amazing rug produced by Secret du Luxe, a manufacturer of fine handwoven rugs produced in Italy (some in Portugal). The rug that captured my eye was Firenze Bronzo from their Gioielli Italia line made with wool, silk and a strong metallic bronze fiber that makes theme incredibly unique (and chic).
When the light captures the glint of the metallic thread ... c'est magnifique! I have never seen a rug done this way before. In fact, one of their representatives mentioned to me that there are only a handful of people who are able to complete this type of work anymore (and they are working for this company!).
On a much smaller scale, but just as special, was the tableware - slilverware to be exact - from Blue Leaves. As soon as I approached the display I thought "wow - jewelry for the table". Jean Pradelle, the French owner, explained that their five year old company's background is in couture jewelry making, so they have a unique understanding of detailed metal work - and this shows in their high standard of craftsmanship. All of the design is done in France, then the pieces are hand made in India. Comprised of silver plated brass, they have a nice weight and feel good in your hand; they are not as delicate as they appear.