Design Centre Stories

Scene Stealers

With many of us dreaming of faraway lands and wondering when we might next immerse ourselves in vibrant cultures that vary from our own, it is no wonder that fabrics and wallcoverings featuring detailed landscapes and courtly scenes are having a moment. Here are a few recent offerings that should induce a sweet sense of escapism thanks to their highly detailed look at the art of the past.

Available at Turnell & Gigon, Etro’s latest collection is a celebration of nature and the great outdoors and features the above ‘Kanpur’ fabric. Printed on cotton satin, it depicts an Indian Mughal court rendered in a sumptuously bright colour scheme.

Pierre Frey’s Trésors d’Orient collection takes us on a journey across many destinations and cultures, including the Ottoman empire. The above ‘Bursa’ wallpaper was drawn from a 16th-century miniature now in the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, and depicts a court scene under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent.

GP & J Baker’s Signature Wallpaper II collection celebrates the company’s rich archive by creatively revisiting some of its best-loved designs. ‘Ramayna’ (above), started life as a 17th-century illustration of a Persian country park; a small lake filled with lotus flowers and trees heavy with ripening peaches form the backdrop to horsemen and their attendants setting out for a day’s hunt.

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GP & J Baker, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Pierre Frey, First Floor, Design Centre East
Turnell & Gigon, Ground Floor, North Dome


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