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Today's Fabrics Inspired by the Past

The last two centuries have played a considerable role in shaping today’s home interiors. We take a look at a variety of beautiful fabrics available today which strongly evoke some of the most iconic decades in design.


Victorian design is typically characterised by excessive ornamentation, where dark colours, such as ruby reds and forest greens, are typical. The era also saw the reproduction of styles that had gone before, such as Gothic and Rococo.

 (Fabrics shown - Cushion in William Morris Bluebell, Lansdowne Armchair in William Morris Pink & Rose, Greenwich Armchair in William Morris Acanthus Tapestry, Background Fabric William Morris Tulip, Swatches in William Morris Tulip, Fruit, Artichoke, Pink & Rose)



This decade is all about glamour and sophistication. Geometric and angular shapes are popular, as are black and shiny fabrics containing metallic threads. The explosion in global travel at the time also gave rise to exotic influences from the Orient, Africa and Egypt.

(Fabrics Shown - Verona Sofa in Arianne Gold, Scatters in Harlequin Concept Onyx, Harlequin Entwine, MYK Genova Teal, Background in Linwood Metropolis, Swatches in Harlequin Arcadia, Linwood Metropolis, Linwood Metropolis 2 and Metropolis 4)



Huge technological advancements and scientific discoveries inspire many bright abstract patterns featuring science imagery such as atoms. Designers also become more adventurous with traditional motifs, for example, setting sprigged florals against polka dots or stripes.

 (Fabrics Shown - Greenwich Sofa in Sanderson Sweet William, Scatters in Sanderson Mobiles, Sanderson Dandelion Clocks, Background in Romo Quadra, Swatches in Sanderson Dandelion Clocks, Sanderson Cecile Rose, Romo Corolla, Sanderson Chelsea)




In a spirit of rebellion, the 1960s plundered the past for inspiration. The result was a hotchpotch of styles from all over. Primary colours in particular were popular for their bold looks. Also, the preferences of young people became much more impotant, where before designers had mainly catered to the mature elite. 

 (Fabrics Shown- Hurlingham Sofa in MYK Englightened Ikat, Imogen Sofa in Harlequin Groove Scion, Cube Footstool in Sanderson Rainforest, Background in Sanderson Sita, Osborne and Little Maharani, Jane Churchill Gable, Osborne and Little Dovetail)




Earth tones were very much in vogue during the 70s, with Energy crises during the decade having brought environmental issues to the forefront of the consumer mind. Legislation changes during this decade also encouraged more people to become homeowners, leading to a surge in the popularity of home interior design. As a result, there was a huge demand for fabric designs which appeared to the masses and felt very 'liveable'.

(Fabrics Shown - Alpine Chair in Linwood Clube Stripe, Ambleside Chair in Linwood Annecy, Scatter in Linwood Club Stripe, Swatches in Harlequin Blaze, Harlequin Tessalate) 

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