08 February 2012

Soane on Fabrics


SOANE   founder LULU LYTIE has developed the company's first fabric collection with the look of documents and lost & found scraps from ancient textile pieces. A number of the fabrics in the SOANE collection are hand-printed or woven in the UK.

The Damascus Stripe comes vibrantly to life in Soane's styling (above). I love the very pink walls & the textile lamp shade & textile fragment hanging on the wall-all set on a larger looking version of the fabric- a stripe rug.

Damascus Stripe is a silk based on a 19th Century Syrian original

The Leon de Smet painting- Little Girl at the Table inspired-


This Soane piece Symi -a handprinted linen,could have been plucked right out of the Avedon photograph-

My favorite from the SOANE Collection- PAW PRINT

Paw Print is inspired by an African print from the 1940's or 1950's.

Ottoman Scribe -another Soane hand printed linen

Panel from kaftan

Ottoman Scribe was inspired by a photograph in LULU LYTIE's  book of antique photographs from North Africa

in a recent Vogue- Lulu Lytle said "I wanted the fabrics to feel as if they were the continuation of an antique fragment I might stumble across in a souk or bazaar" -
 What do you sell O ye merchants ?
Richly your wares are displayed.
Turbans of crimson and silver,
Tunics of purple brocade,
Mirrors with panels of amber,
Daggers with handles of jade.

What do you make,O ye goldsmiths?
Wristlet and anklet and ring,
Bells for the feet of blue pigeons
Frail as a dragon-fly’s wing,
Girdles of gold for dancers,
Scabbards of gold for the king.

What do you weave, O ye flower-girls
With tassels of azure and red?
Crowns for the brow of a bridegroom,
Chaplets to garland his bed.
Sheets of white blossoms new-garnered
To perfume the sleep of the dead

SOANE images are linked throughout this post-as is their website-



  1. I love the room shown here. I also have pink walls in the living room and I wouldn't change them for anything.

  2. I love these textiles taken from vintage and antique patterns. Love the Kaftan panel.

    Art by Karena

  3. Love the fabrics, plus the fact that they're inspired from long ago. Thanks for the lovely poem too!

  4. G.....THANK YOU for the 1st picture. My family room walls are covered in a deep brownish pink grasscloth. I Love them, and do not regret my year and a half ago choice. I have a very large inherited Indian threadbare on the floor. All is perfect in the room sans furniture. My problem has been finding a fabric to cover my sofas. Soane's Symi or Ottoman Scribe are the look that I have been searching for. Thank you again for this well timed (for me!) post...now off to do more research...k

  5. Beautiful. And ever since I photographed those antique fabrics for Pandora I have found a new love.

  6. The fireplace in the first picture is absolutely beautiful, as are the pink walls!

    "I believe in pink." - Audrey Hepburn

  7. I think the paw print would be more suitable for small-scale projects. Those curtains look headache- or even seizure-inducing.

  8. Swooning over that first photo. Would love to see your finished room Kathy!



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