This Piece: An unusual 1970 Scalamandré cotton chintz, “Waterlilies” likely takes its inspiration from late 18th century wallpapers found in England and the American colonies. A repeated geometric motif depicting white lotus flowers amidst serpentine garlands of coral and cornsilk, all of which is gilded in textural metallic silver accents.
A transcendent piece. I know that in terms of design inspiration this same print was printed at the Jouy factory in the 18th century as “Les Nenuphars,” translated as “Waterlilies.”
SIZE: 24.5″ wide x 46″ long
I also have a 6 yard piece of this available in the red/salmon colorway with metallic gold: https://www.etsy.com/listing/876148906/vintage-1970-scalamandre-colonial-tulip
Maker: Franco Scalamandré has a great story to tell of coming to America in the 20s from Italy and making a huge success of himself. From engineer, to historic textile researcher, to major design firm and more, Scalamandré is synonymous with quality, success, and above all, historic preservation. Do take some time to read up on the phenomenal Scalamandré history here: https://www.scalamandre.com/history and a NY Times obit on Franco: https://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/04/obituaries/franco-scalamandre-89-leader-in-making-of-decorative-textiles.html
What Can You Make? A pillow, Roman shade for a small/med window, piecing for quilts, piecing for fashion accessories, more. Large enough to cover a small-med dining room chair seat and/or back. Or use like this designer is doing, by piecing it to one part of a piece of furniture while using other fabrics to finish it out: https://w9yards.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Birds-of-a-Feather-pg-1.png
Make something awesome and share with me to post a picture in my client gallery.
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.
SUSTAINABILITY: ALL my packaging except tape is 100% re-used. Your invoice is available digitally in your account. 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. Etsy buys carbon offsets for all shipping, which is a win-win for the sustainability-minded shopper.
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