An English Butterfly Garden

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A contemporary interpretation of the traditional Chinoiserie style, An English Butterfly Garden takes inspiration from Katherine Pooley's flower-filled garden in the heart of Oxfordshire.

Hand-painted in an unconscious chinoiserie style and embroidered by our artists on a silk ground, the design features many of Katharine’s favourite flora and fauna, including honeysuckle, camellias, duchess peonies, jasmine and forget me nots. A nibbling dormouse peeks through the leafy grove and a kaleidoscope of butterflies flutter above.

The charming design will add a romantic flourish to any interior space. It is available in three colourways; Primrose Yellow, Light Fawn and Chelsea Green

With every piece sold, a donation will be made to support Butterfly Conservation, a wonderful charity, whose work protects and conserves endangered British butterflies and their habitats.


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STANDARD: Hand painted and hand embroidered dyed silk with paper backing




Each painted panel begins its life as a length of raw silk which we size with a natural adhesive so that it receives paint without bleeding. We often brush the silk with iridescent pearl washes to add further lustre before backing with traditional rice paper. This forms the extraordinary canvas on which our artists work their magic.

For our embroidery, we use unspun silk floss, which in its un-dyed state is so fine as to be almost invisible to the naked eye. It is dyed by hand in small batches, and our embroiderers have thousands of shades at their disposal. It is not uncommon for an embroiderer to work with six tones of the same colour, which he or she will carefully combine to create subtle shifts in hue.

All our embroidery takes place in Suzhou, China. This remarkable city was the birthplace of silk over 4700 years ago and remains the silk capital of the world.

Please get in touch with your floor and elevation plans and we’ll do the calculations for you.

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