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Bennison Fabrics – February 2010
This is my site Written by [email protected] on March 16, 2010 – 3:49 PM
Umbrellas at the ready! Gray skies and rainy days will be greatly cheered by these brightly coloured umbrellas. Featuring, from the left clockwise, Phoenix, purple Lotus, Blueprint, American Resist, Green Roses, Montecito aqua, shocking pink Roses, green Waikiki and Lotus.


LOTUS is a strikingly beautiful print from the Turkmenistan region and was taken from the lining of a silk ikat coat. It shows curving stems of lotus flowers in full bloom and bud with Chinese or Tibetan cloud motifs.

MONTECITO, has a soft aqua blue background which shows off the delicate ivory and creamy yellow of the magnolia. As in many arboresques, several different types of flower and blossom develop on a branch, but maybe it’s possible to suspend our disbelief and imagine that trees may actually grow like this somewhere (possibly in Pandora). For more please visit our New Designs page.

The Lady in Yellow

A charming portrait of an Edwardian lady in Town and Country October 2000 shows a canary yellow dress flanked by curtains in pale yellow French Twist on oyster linen the colours of which are echoed in the pink tinged yellow roses. This photograph and other editorial images can be seen on our Lifestyle Images page.

Pale yellow FRENCH TWIST is a columnar design taken from a French document print dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. Field flowers are bordered by pillars of doily-like cartouches filled with posies and rustic scenes. In pale yellow, pink and grey-green, it also comes in a stronger chrome yellow. Please go to the Collection page for more.

Oscar de la Renta at home

Oscar de la Renta sits in front of an over-sized sofa which Geoffrey Bennison bought at the sale of contents of Lord Iveagh’s Eleveden Hall in 1984. Geoffrey decorated this New York apartment for Annette Reed before she married Oscar and it appears nothing was changed for at least twenty years. The sofa is covered in Bird and Basket on beige linen, see swatch below, and the original document was found by Geoffrey covering an antique chair seat. To see more please visit the New Designs page.

Geoffrey Bennison’s Brighton flat – circa 1978

Geoffrey’s home in Brighton was a spacious apartment overlooking the sea with walls the colour of wet sand. The painting of mountain peaks at dawn is by Lucien Levy-Dhurmer. The Bokhara and Moroccan embroidered cushions (Broderie de Tetuan) are evidence of Geoffrey’s love of antique textiles.

More antique textiles fill the opposite end of this  sun-filled room.  Crewelwork, Indian blockprints and more Moroccan embroideries abound.  The ceiling height Coromandel screen adds drama and provoides a suitable background for the collection of blue and white Chinese pots.

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