Everything new is old again

Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Elliott Clarke showroom here in Sydney to listen to Ann Grafton, MD of fabric house GP & J Baker.

GP & J Baker fabrics

I was unaware of the history of the company which dates back to the 19th Century and was founded by two brothers, George Percival and James, when their father sent them from their home in Constantinople to London. Here they purchased a long established printing firm that included printing blocks and a large archive of pattern books dating back to the 18th century.

In the late 1890’s, GP & J Baker began to print its own patterns and many leading Arts and Crafts designers were employed to assist. The company today boasts the largest textile archives in the world.

“Ferns” was created in the early 1900’s and remains one of Baker’s most popular patterns and has been reprinted on various basecloths numerous times.

Ferns Linen on Queen Ann chair

What impressed me was the many colourways this pattern has been produced in.

This image shows the six colourways of the pattern in 1935.

Colouring book showing six colourways of the fern pattern

And we thought chartreuse and duck egg blue were new colours!

If you would like to use GP & J Baker fabrics in your home, contact us to arrange a consultation.

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