Our Thimble Prints are printed in Lancashire on finely woven 100% linen cloth and finished with a hot iron calendar, giving it a satisfying light crisp handle and beautiful chintzed surface. Charming and elegant, these floral and geometric patterns bring a cheerful note to any room, from the grandest stately home to the most humble country cottage.
Folies Bergère is a diagonally running floral print. It is named for the shape of its flowers, an echo of the legendary Can-Can dancers of the Parisian club ‘Folies Bergère’, throwing their skirts high from 1890 to the present day!
Each linen has a matching wallpaper, allowing you the option of striking a combination to evoke the English chintz interior look made famous in the late 1930s by decorating partnership Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. Used individually, these patterned linens and papers can conversely bring a fresh, contemporary look to an interior.
Originating from a box of fragile linen chintz samples which Christopher acquired from an antiques dealer decades ago, each print has been reworked in either scale, colour, or both. The exceptionally fine detail in the original patterns has been lovingly reproduced using fantastically accurate modern aluminium etched rollers, replacing the now-obsolete method of copper-plate printing which created the original fabric swatches.
These linens are perfectly suited for upholstery and produce beautiful results, though do not stand up to the over-rigorous modern rub test. This however does not prevent us from specifying them regularly for upholstered pieces in interior projects. They make wonderful drapes and blinds, and can be used in many interior accessories such as lampshades, scatter cushions, napkins and tablecloths.
This printed linen can be washed on a cool setting and should be warm-ironed on the reverse side while still lightly damp. It is not pre-shrunk, so please expect some shrinkage. Should you wish to preserve the glazed finish we would recommend dry cleaning.
- Name: Folies Bergère Linen
- Range: Thimble Prints
- Colour: Ermine
- Composition: 100% linen
- Total fabric width: 146cm
- Useable fabric width: 138cm
- Repeat size: 12.5 x 20cm
- Minimum order: 1 metre
- Available in increments of: 10cm