Making connections with people and places, both past and present. Who we are
Sales team member Joe Rudy trading stories in India
We are world travelers, treasure hunters, and storytellers who connect people and places, both past and present together. We travel the world to bring back authentic furnishings and beautifully crafted objects to provide you with unique and meaningful solutions to fulfill your interior decorating desires. Everything in our store has been carefully hand-selected with special attention given to quality, detail, function, and cultural significance. Within every object is a rich story and we feel strongly about sharing those stories with you.
“ We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depts of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin
Explore Primitive The Store
Our store is a colorful mosaic of more than 150 cultures worldwide. Explore our four-story, 31,000 sq. ft. showroom in Chicago’s Fulton River District, and our enormous warehouse in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. You’ll find an unmatched selection of antique furniture and décor; hand-made artifacts, textiles and jewelry; timeless paintings and prints; and internationally inspired gifts and fashion from around the world.
Unlock all the stories hidden within Primitive. We have our favorites, come discover yours.
au.then.tic (Ă” thenâ€™ tik)
1. real; genuine 2. used or intended for use by the indigenous people 3. Primitive
NEED TO DEFINE WHAT AUTHENTIC IS A unique energy resonates where true authenticity exists. This powerful energy can be felt throughout Primitive and is not easily described by words or captured in photographs. It is tailored to every individual, but felt by all. It informs us of our past, inspires our future and completely alters any space. We take great honor in presenting you with guaranteed authentic merchandise of the highest quality, so you can buy with confidence. Find endless pride in owning a true relic.
You can learn more about all that you find in the store in our personal library and bookstore.
Experience There is an energy that
Primitive is more than just a store. Weâ€™re a brand name. The Primitive Collection
The Primitive Collection is our exclusive brand of furniture designed with a distinctive international sensibility. Each piece quietly references a world of vanishing borders while combining the highest grade materials with impeccable craftsmanship.
The collection dovetails perfectly with authentic furnishings made by the worldâ€™s great cultures, yet is versatile enough to coordinate with most all dĂŠcor. The Primitive Collection reveals that beauty, functionality and relevance are harmonious concepts. For more information, speak to a member of our sales team.
Quality is never an accident. It is always the reslut of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution
Base making Distinct presentation is essential to true admiration. Our In-house artisans create custom bases designed to accentuate the most distinguished characteristics of each piece. Restoration Our museum-quality restoration team can mend fine jewelry, repair blemished heirlooms, rejuvenate centuries-worn furniture or retrofit age-old relics for modern living, all while preserving the inherent character of your irreplaceable treasures. Design/Consultation On occasion, your discerning tastes may require complete innovation. Our proven product development team will work with you to bring any concept from hand-carved wall panels, to contemporary steel chandeliers to modern armchairs into reality, making Primitive one of your most important design resources.
Not just memorable, make it unforgettable. Event Space
The culturally rich atmosphere at primitive is guaranteed to incite inspiration and create lasting memories. Primitive is the ideal setting for executive meetings, fund raisers, donor and client appreciation dinners, holiday parties, weddings, corporate functions, or any event to be memorialized with extraordinary style.