Stylised peacocks from Greek embroideries hold court on a magical tree of life as they feast their eyes on the butterflies and bugs amongst the foliage. A multi coloured table print that uses two sets of screens to achieve the large repeat, it includes white pigment highlights to add an extra dimension.
The name refers to the study of butterflies, and the circular shapes created by intertwining bands of colour reference both the butterfly’s markings as well as those of the leopard. Printed on a sturdy linen and cotton mix this fresh and open design would work in many a room.
Named for a traditional folk dance of India the abstract shapes in this design, taken from flatweave rugs, give a rhythm to the fabric as they repeat across the width. The textured ground cloth gives extra dimension and the scale and durability make it ideal for furniture as well as for curtains.
Phoenix and Dragon
This is an up to date take on traditional Chinese brocade designs, often incorporating embroidery, that depict these two mythical animals together. Our version is printed on a beautiful pure linen ground suitable for both curtains and upholstery. Three colourways including an uber chic combination of chocolate, white and paprika.
A combination of embroidery and hand block printing, MAKING TRACKS combines many of the elements of the collection in one design. The graphic shapes are softened by the print mark of the hand block technique but still work well as a counterpoint to other more organic designs. Available in three enchanting colourways.
Look carefully at this seemingly abstract combination of classic patterns and you will see that each one is contained within a silhouette of its country of origin. For example a paisley is shown in the geographical boundaries of India, the same for a Suzhani within Uzbhekistan etc. Such fun to discover these matches for yourself!
Inspired by the decoration on an eighteenth century Chinese porcelain snuffbox, Richard’s original watercolor sketches are beautifully reproduced as a fabric with a soft honeycomb pattern in the ground. There is a co- ordinating wallpaper with a crisp plain ground giving a more graphic look to the butterflies.
I have been obsessed by hand painted Chinese wallpaper panels since I first came across the renowned examples at historic Belton House in the UK, at the age of 12. Such papers have been endlessly reproduced, beautifully and authentically, so I decided I wanted to make a no.9 version. Fantastical birds, butterflies and flowers emanate from softly painted plant life, all framed by sashaying bamboo to the sides.
Dragon and Peony
Inspired by antique fabric hangings which can combine two totally different disparate textiles. DRAGON AND PEONY mixes a very large peony motif with a wide dragon border. The design offers so many make-up options - cutting off the dragon borders to add to the bottom of a curtain, or perhaps hanging horizontally as a very wide border on a plain velvet curtain.
As the name suggests this is a comedia del’arte inspired pattern, a few steps removed so it’s not as simple as the original. The confident scale, heavily textured ground cloth and intriguing colour combinations add to the allure of this fabric. A great size for both window treatments as well as for furniture.
A classic eighteenth century toile de jouy has been used as the inspiration for this design. Delicate trailing flowers and leaves are occasionally highlighted with accent colours which gives this design an unexpected rhythm and a twist that one has come to expect from the No.9 Thompson collection
The motif of this simple design is inspired by traditional Indian block prints, with the misregistration of colours and hand made edges adding to the charm. A stylised flower, it almost becomes geometric, reminiscent of a star. Available in three pretty colourways, the fabric could slip into a scheme as a coordinate or could be the star of the show.
A tree of life, updated for today’s home - the original watercolour artwork has free-flowing shapes, some of the elements almost abstracted by the brush marks. In this design, the mark-making and sinuous flow have become the point, rather than a traditional rendering of a classic design. It is a colour-carrier, its appeal enhanced by the polished finish to the linen substrate. Chintz has never looked so glamorous.
Loosely based on a traditional fl oral rug design this interpretation, printed on a lightweight rustic linen, has an informality and fl ow that moves it away from the original. The shifting colors within the geometric background pattern are reminiscent of a knotted silk rug.
Referencing the Isaak Danesen novel, “The Flame Trees Of Thika” set in Kenya in the early 20th century. Not only is the pattern a take on a classic flame stitch, the name also pays homage to the exotic spices of Indian Tikka...... Blocks of the repeat shift across the width, giving light and movement. It is printed on our rustic linen in three gorgeous colour palettes.
Elements from The East India Company's eighteenth century textiles have been drawn together to make this striking design. A naive rendering of an amaryllis flower and bulb is repeated within a network of vines, zigzags and steps. Yellow with white, red with sand and dark olive with marigold are just three of the exciting colour combinations available.
In mythology, Aegeus gave his name to the Aegean sea. This joyous print, inspired by the infamous cut-outs of Henri Matisse, has all the movement and excitement of the ocean.
It is a wonderful carrier for colour, and the three colourways have their own distinctive and appealing characters.
There is an ancient and magical oak forest in south-western Greece for which this design is named. Stripes of two coloured leaves spiral up this printed fabric giving a wonderful movement to both curtains and blinds. It works equally well in bold colours as it does in chalky pastels.
This classic scrolling pattern is often seen in Greek, Roman and Byzantine architecture embellishing stone, wood and two dimensional decoration. Repainted in watercolour to give a fluidity that works well with the slubby linen ground. The open layout and large scale gives a fresh appeal.
Small scale patterns are often used for obi, which are often a very conspicuous accessory in contemporary Japanese dress. We have reworked a traditional brick design, arranging the motifs into stripes of shifting colours. Printed on 100% linen the three colourways can be used for both curtailing and upholstery.
Named for the washi paper doors and windows of traditional Japanese architecture. The translucent effect of the squares in this design come from the original watercolour artwork. Printed on 100% white linen in three colourways: a saturated saffron yellow, and two ethereal neutrals, moonstone and wheat.
There are endless versions of similarly themed lacquer screens in monographs and museums around the world, all of which have lent inspiration to this striking design. The abundance of colourful irises are punctuated by a counter-directional walkway and the soft rippling water beyond, giving a crisp, graphic edge.