By Ruth Doherty published
If you are looking for the most decadent of finishing touches for your home, you’ll be excited to learn that Gainsborough has launched a Grand Masters collection of fabrics referencing its historic past.
Offering a curated range of 21 textile prints used and loved from the 17th Century to the current day, the range showcases design classics that will work for both contemporary and period settings.
The exquisite collection includes a host of best-loved prints used in landmark venues across the country, such as Waddesdon and Chatsworth. The Waddesdon Medici fabric (third image below), for example, shows off the intricate damask pattern inspired by the manor.
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The range comes in a number of colourways, from golden ochres and rich scarlets to duck egg blues and fanciful florals.
It’s the perfect opportunity to weave opulent soft furnishings into your decorating scheme. The fabric can be used to upholster accent chairs, give life to lampshades, or as a sumptuous finish on cushions.
Established back in 1903 in Suffolk, Gainsborough is amongst Britain’s last remaining silk weaving houses.
Its founder, Reginald Warner, travelled widely in Europe collecting historic fabrics and laying the foundation of Gainsborough’s archive which, today, is one of the UK’s leading textile libraries, home to over 7,000 fabrics.
Alongside the historic swatches, every fabric that Gainsborough has ever woven is also sampled and minutely detailed within the design archive, creating an extraordinary resource that countless designers have drawn on for both interiors and fashion houses, from Russell Sage to Saint Laurent and Paul Smith.
Gainsborough has also held the Royal Warrant since 1981, making it a trusted brand setting the benchmark for excellent quality.
The company has now come to London for the first time, so you can discover its Grand Masters collection in person at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour.
The fabrics start from £139 per metre, but a little warning in advance: choosing your favourite may be an arduous task.
For more information, visit www.gainsborough.co.uk.
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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