Our Story | May 2019
Highlights for us at this intimate and exclusive collection of brands include Anna Smith's John Boyd Textiles who have been maintaining the tradition of horsehair weaving since 1837. Their horsehair fabrics are woven with the finest and best quality tail hair from live horses and cotton or silk warps using the original looms and techniques from 1870.
We learnt horsehair fabric was originally used by famous furniture designers such as Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Lutyens, and Rennie Mackintosh, and are ideally suited to most forms of upholstered furniture; antique, classical, and contemporary. To this day, horsehair fabrics are widely recognized for their unequalled lustre, durability, care properties, and value. Horsehair fabrics have been used with many prestigious projects throughout the world. John Boyd Textiles is now one of the last companies in the world still weaving hair cloth.
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Image courtesy ©Liberty Fabrics
Liberty Art Fabrics Designs include contemporary, illustrative handwriting alongside traditional and revival archive designs printed on a range of premium furnishing cloths. We discovered that in the late 1880s, Liberty became the most fashionable place to shop. The clientele it attracted were exotic and included famous members of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement: Rossetti, Leighton, Burne-Jones and designers such as Williams Morris. The Jubilee Collection takes inspiration from this clientele, with Oriental paisleys and sarasatic florals taken from hand painted mid 19th century shawls and originalMorris and Morris inspired designs.