Tapisserie (Condé Nast Traveler)

“It’s one of the best places in London to get custom-made wall-hangings,” says jewelry designer Noor Fares. “I love their embroidered pillows and handbags, and their beautiful Christmas stockings will last a lifetime.” Hand-painted needlework items, including cushions and slippers, take up to three weeks to design and paint; complete construction, using hand-dyed French crewel wool, might take months. Bring inspirational references—like a pet photo, so the artist can capture every last whisker. Shipping is via Royal Mail or courier.