About Us

Our investment in research and development ensures that our range of products, sourced from around the world, is adapted to South African requirements and conditions. With over 30 years of experience in decor, our quality is assured as each product is technically checked and tested.

Silk House is a division of Papini Trading

Create the on-trend look you aspire to, and meet your affordability with the collection of soft furnishings and textiles from Silk House. The range includes:

Curtain Fabrics & Linings

Upholstery Fabrics



The Team

Rasheed Patel

Rasheed Patel started Papini in 1990, 30 years ago! As the business has grown the team behind it has expanded and his role has become that of CEO but he remains hands on. He then launched the Silk House brand! When asked about his interests he commented, "I have a passion to create and lead a world-class window covering establishment." He is inspired by his mother who said "Work has not killed anyone yet"

Suhyl Lockhat

Head of Research & Development
Su has been a part of our team for five years and explains his role in research and development as multifaceted with a more decorative side for the Silkhouse brand and a more technical side for the Papini brand. He and his team find a way to merge the two in a holistic lifestyle product. “It all begins with tracking global trends and matching those to local requirements, determining what products are needed or can be improved. One of the perks of this process is the vast international travel and cultural experience gained in the sourcing of product.”

Our Brands

Our Standards

soft furnishings and textiles
soft furnishings and textiles

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. It stands for customer confidence and high product safety. Find out here what STANDARD 100 means and why it is worth checking for this label when buying textiles.


A functional yet stylized range of spill and stain resistant fabric, Evakleen comes with a special Hydrophobic coating that makes most liquids bead up like water on a lotus leaf which can easily roll off. Its stain release technology makes cleaning extremely effortless.

Evakleen can easily tackle household stains like coffee, tea, ketchup, ink, wine, watermarks. And erase all evidence of any kind of stain in just a few seconds!

Evakleen is a high performance & durable fabric with optimum washability and easy cleanability, which keeps your upholstery chic and fresh as new for longer.