Your first step inside Primitive’s West Loop location lands on a 1,000 year-old stone floor. Your eyes then meet a reconstructed Chinese village house, and the wonder only continues from there.
Inside this four-story commercial gallery, you can find artifacts, sculpture, furniture textiles and jewelry from almost every non-Western culture in the world. Owner Glen Joffe and staff travel to exotic locations in Africa, Indonesia, South and Central America, Asia, Tibet, India and countless other areas to collect rare objects from exotic cultures.
The gallery’s extensive collection is exhibited alongside Primitive’s private clothing and furniture line, manufactured abroad and specifically designed to complement the authentic collected pieces. Primitive’s goal is to combine these objects into a carefully presented experience that preserves the romanticism of travel and world culture.
Each floor in the complex offers a unique environment. The basement houses Primitive’s restoration workshop for damaged items. The first floor displays items from the clothing, jewelry and furniture collections. Clients can also visit the extensive library to relax and learn more about the cultures displayed throughout the gallery.
Visitors will find a recreation Himalayan temple with water offering stone on the second floor, along with the “Rare Room,” a site for museum quality artifacts.
The third floor is dedicated to textiles, tapestries, and rugs, and the fourth floor holds a Moroccan tea room, open to the public daily.
Finally, the roof supports a Japanese garden, also open to the public.
Stop by the four-story West Loop site, located just across the river, or visit the original River North gallery on Wells St., home to a year-round Japanese sculpture garden. Parking available on the street at both locations.
130 N. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60661