Colour of the week…Flame Scarlet

Colour of the week…Flame Scarlet

This brilliant red is one of the on-trend colours of 2020 and our stunning Ibis Toile de Jouy fabric truly pays homage to this.  Red is a bold choice of colour to use, especially in a living room area, where more neutral tones have tended to rule the day of late. That’s why our striking Ibis, resplendent in all his vibrant scarlet plumes, is paired on a subtle backcloth of oyster or natural flax 100% linen. It gives an elegant nod to the rich warmness of this colour, rather than screaming kids room or downstairs loo!!!! Not that it wouldn’t look amazing in either of those rooms too! It goes to show that there’s no reason to avoid such bold hues in any area of your home.

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Be brave, be creative and add a little colour to your world…


Luxury Wallpaper from Tradescant and Son

Luxury Wallpaper from Tradescant and Son

After the success of our debut fabric collection, we felt it was the right time to launch our luxury wallpaper to co-ordinate with The Curator fabrics.

We selected 5 of our favourite designs and digitally printed them onto a non-woven, coated premium quality paper.

Our standard range consists of the Hummingbird Stripe, Cyanistes, Parakeet, Ibis Toile de Jouy and Winter’s Bone all printed onto a 10m roll at a width of 52cm.  All our wallpapers are held in stock and are available for immediate despatch.

Our wallpaper can be custom printed to your exact scale preference and colour matched to your exact requirements.  We can also print any of our fabric designs onto wallpaper.  Just let us know the design you are interested in and we will provide you with a *design mock-up, *initial sampling and quotation.(*design fee may apply)

Should you preference be wide width or complete single panel wall installations, we can also accommodate this.  Please send us your wall sizes and finish choice and we will provide you with a quotation and a selection of substrates to chose from.


Ibis Toile de Jouy ~ a vivid and flamboyant Linen

Ibis Toile de Jouy ~ a vivid and flamboyant Linen

One of our most popular designs on linen is the striking Ibis Toile de Jouy.  Available in a selection of colours on 100% Linen and as a wallpaper, this design is favoured for more traditional schemes and country styled properties.  Traditionally the Toile de Jouy is a French themed all over pattern depicting a story of sorts.  Our interpretation has a more tropical vibe!!  The scarlet Ibis is found in South Africa and the Caribbean and is known for its bright red plumage which definitely can’t be missed on the African plains! The intense red which leans more towards a coral colour, contrasts beautifully with the delicately drawn palm trees…this bold design will definitely bring an element of flamboyance to any interior scheme!

Standing Ibis

Our original colourway is available as a wallpaper, which has a pale vintage styled strie stripe effect running through the background of the paper.  When hung, this quality luxury wallpaper, has an exquisite aged effect and sits perfectly with the linen fabric.

Ibis Toile De Jouy Wallpaper

If your preference is for something a little more muted, why not have a look at the Ibis Toile de Jouy printed all ink.  This on trend blue is evident throughout our entire collection allowing for endless co-ordinating fabric options.  If you feel the 100% Oyster Linen is a little too bright for your liking, we also print most of our designs onto a 100% undyed natural flax linen.

Ibis Toile de Jouy Colourways

Our other colourways, Dust and Charcoal, are the perfect selection for your neutral colour schemes.  These colours still provide a striking pattern just minus the bold colour choice.

Do take advantage of our bespoke service should you want the Ibis Toile de Jouy in a specific colour…we can match to virtually any colour of your choice and even print onto alternative ground cloths.  The Ibis Toile de Jouy does look splendid printed onto Velvet!  Our minimum quantity for a bespoke order is only 10m*!!  This service is also available with our wallpapers. (*design fee may apply depending upon the required changes.)

Note these velvets are samples only are are in an unfinished state.

Note these velvets are samples only and are in an unfinished state.


Our Printed Linens with exquisite Paints from Fenwick & Tilbrook

Our Printed Linens with exquisite Paints from Fenwick & Tilbrook

Buying British has always been of great importance to us, and that was at the forefront of our minds when selecting producers and manufacturers to work with and that would compliment our printed linens for the production side of our company. Along our journey, we came across a small, independent paint makers in Norfolk, Fenwick & Tilbrook.
We instantly fell in love with their beautiful earthy colour palette and after speaking with Simon Tilbrook, we also felt a connection through their strong core values as we share a similar ethos; that all product offerings should be made to the highest standards possible yet in a sustainable manner. Like us, they have invested a huge amount of time and money researching the best ingredients and carrying out trials to enable them to offer an exceptional product, with strong and stable pigmentation plus the ability to withstand the tests of time.

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Since finding this gem of a company, we have been extremely keen to work with their extensive colour palette as their colours compliment our fabrics beautifully.
We are excited to be trialling their paints in our upcoming photoshoot for our latest collection but in the meantime, we thought we would explore how their colours work with our designs!  We have shown the paints with our popular fabrics Hummingbird Stripe, Cymepaye Toile de Jouy in Blush and English Pheasant Stripe in Charcoal.
Fenwick & Tilbrook make all their paints to order enforcing strict quality control before the paint is delivered fresh to their client the next working day.

English Pheasant

Like us, they also offer a colour matching service so if you cant find exactly what you are looking for, let them know and they will mix it especially…with only a minimum order of 1ltr!

Visit Fenwick and Tilbrook to view their spectacular range and order your sample pots!

Inspiring Design: Kit Kemp

Inspiring Design: Kit Kemp

Although our tastes here in the studio have always tended somewhat to the darker side (not that you’d know it with our cheery bluetits, even if they were inspired by a taxidermy installation!), I have always been entranced by the confident and invigorating work of Kit Kemp, the creative mind behind Firmdale Hotels.

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She uses a mix of colour, texture and pattern in a mind-blowing manner that somehow always seems to just work, perhaps picking up tiny thread of colour throughout, or a pattern recurring here and there.

Whereas the majority of interior designers tend to work with scarcely more than five or six fabric suppliers for the most part, tied by a huge investment in their books and samples, Kit Kemp uses ikat, prints, florals, embroidery, felt, wool, suzani, silk, tapestry, stripes, insects in big pastel watercolour pinks – she rules out nothing in her schemes, which means she must have an extraordinary memory – or studio archive – or both.   Can you imagine looking through her sample collection?

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Kit Kemp – Firmdale Hotels


Texture: Horsehair from John Boyd

John Boyd Textiles - Tradescant & Son

The plain fabric you choose to pair with a dramatic print is just as important as the print itself.  You can’t cover a whole room in our Parakeets on natural linen, but a brightly coloured and richly detailed print needs thoughtfulness and care when it comes to integrating it into a scheme.  As I love texture and anything with a hint of subverted antique, John Boyd’s wonderful horsehair textiles seem to provide a perfect foil to a complex print, or to ground a modern scheme.

Bar stools by John Boyd - Tradescant and Son

The knowledge of the age and complexity of the manufacturing process, which struggles to source sufficient hair locally nowadays, importing it from countries that still routinely use working horses, coupled with the unique texture, and pleasing limitations of width, make this a material that requires thought and skill to use to its fullest potential.  It is also, however, tough and resilient, hence its appearance in public places – bar stools, the seats at the Bath Pump Room – it has strength and tremendous utility, as well as taking colour fantastically well, as below in this screen by Ochre.

Ochre Horsehair Screen - Tradescant & Son

Hackett Holland Bench - Tradescant & Son

I very much look forward to pairing these wonderful fabrics with some Tradescant & Son prints in future projects.


1) Manufacturing process

2) Bar Stools, Intercontinental Hotel

3) Horsehair and suede screen, Ochre

4) Hackett Holland bench

John Boyd Textiles Ltd
Weavers of Horsehair Fabrics since 1837
Higher Flax Mills
Castle Cary

Telephone: +44 (0) 1963 350451