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“…we have never looked upon ourselves as ‘dealers in textiles.’ We regard textiles simply as one means of artistic expression…” — Theodore Greeff, President, Greeff Fabrics, Inc.
This Piece: “Belton” from Greeff’s mid century “Lathbury Park Collection,” is a genteel Chinoiserie flanked by roses, floral banners, and scrolls. The Copyright of Entries lists this piece as, “Peasant couple under canopy within rose borders.” Made in England for Warner and Sons Limited. Hand block printed, 100% cotton everglaze.
Sample Size: 22.5″ wide + 1.5″ selvage on one side” x 34″ long
COLORS: My pics don’t properly capture the background color (and I tried, I really tried!) 🙂 The background is a more mild yellow with a greenish hue than the sort of khaki that appears in my photos. The other colors are chartreuse and Kelly green foliage, Williamsburg blue and pool flowers, butternut structures and scrolls, with white accents and black shading.
What Can You Make With This? A pillow, Roman shade for a small window, backgrounds for message boards, and more. Large enough to cover the seat of a small dining room chair, or for part of a chair or settee when a different fabric is used on other parts of the piece, such as this designer is doing: https://w9yards.com/custom-chairs/ Use also for Kindle cases, a tote, etc.
Maker: Greeff Fabrics, Inc was founded in the US by Theodore Greeff in 1933 to make a wide range of mostly traditional style interior fabrics and wallcoverings, grouped in collections, for high-end interior designers.
By 1971, Greeff’s chief designer was a female, Virginia Nepodal. Lesley Jackson writes in her book Twentieth-Century Pattern Design that, “Virginia Nepodal, an in-house designer at Cheney Brothers during the 1940s, who transferred to the newly merged Cheney, Greeff & Co. during the early 1950s, worked in an accessible modern style, creating patterns such as Mushrooms, Sanderlings, and Seeds (all 1951). Subsequently, as design director of Greeff Fabrics from 1952 to 1985, Nepodal was responsible for the stylings of both textiles and wallpaper, where she juggled the dual requirements of ‘Contemporary’ and traditional design.” Jackson’s book points to Marion Dorn, John Little, Dan Rasmassen, and Dagmar Wilson as key designers from the 1940s and after.
Benjamin Warner founded Warner in 1870, having come from a long family line in the textiles industry. It became Warner & Sons in 1891. They were known for their very high-end silks in particular, with design references dating to the 15th-18th centuries.
Why High-End Vintage Fabric Samples? Because the large over size sample and superior manufacturing quality make it possible to access a very high-end fabric for a smaller scale project without the high cost of these classic vintage fabrics, which often begin at over $150 a yard, if they can still be found at all. Other reasons are to access a small amount of discontinued fabric to match or to repair an existing piece in your home.
SHOP MISSION: For art and textiles I use eco-friendly resources including non-toxic materials, and upcycled textiles for sale or turned into new products. My philosophy is #buyantiquesfirst #buyvintagefirst #buyusedfirst #buyupcycledfirst and sell them as they are, or turn them into something new.
I believe it’s our duty as contemporary earth dwellers to not make new demands on the industrial economy and instead to utilize already embedded energy is the quadrillions of products already made and still usable in life today either as they are, or transformed into something fresh.
With my products, together you and I help reduce earth impacts since I source vintage items and resources either as they are, or to upcycle into new products, giving them a new life. This reduces demand on current resources, preserves history, and keeps valuable items out of the landfill, all of which asks just a little bit less out of our ever-giving Mother Earth. And since Etsy buys carbon offsets for all shipping, this approach is a win-win for the sustainability-minded shopper.