House of Filigree opened its doors in 2019 to protect and preserve the art of handmade filigree which has been part of Portugal’s traditional jewellery heritage for centuries. This ancestral technique of twisting thin gold threads into delicate lace-like patterns became seriously endangered when mass produced versions were made possible through injection moulding. To counter this threat, Pedro and Luisa Rosas, who come from a family with rich filigree ties, created a space to defend this noble craft so close to their hearts.
Set in an elegant 19th-century building in Porto’s city centre, master artisans work at the bench creating the high-end contemporary filigree pieces that will then be sold in the in-house boutique. A selection of historical objects traces the origins of Portuguese filigree providing an all-encompassing experience. As the key symbol suggests House of Filigree is the keeper of an art that deserves to be nurtured and passed on to future generations.