East to West Fabric Collection by GP & J Baker17th October 2017
Heritage design house GP & J Baker look to their own vast and renowned archive for this magnificent new fabric collection. It pays homage to enduring Eastern patterns that were brought to Europe by intrepid traders over many centuries.
The ancient trading routes of both land and sea that link East to West have had a major influence on culture through the centuries. They not only facilitated the exchange of physical goods and raw materials but also the spread of ideas, news, languages and artistic styles. These trading routes served as the communication highways of the world.
The Silk Road stretched from Europe as far as Japan and oversaw a lucrative trade in silk and horses. At the same time, The Incense Route linked the Mediterranean with South Arabia. This provided a channel for luxury goods including precious stones, fine textiles, and animal skins. These artefacts offered a glimpse into the countries of origin and spoke of traditions and techniques that had been passed down through the generations.
Through the East to West Collection, GP & J Baker tell these remarkable stories through a variety of designs. These include fantastical florals, opulent damask fabrics, and Chinoiserie prints. The result of many decades of the Baker family’s own adventurous travel and passionate collecting which continues through to the present day.
“The East to West Collection reflects the emerging trend for a new colour palette of ochre, coral, blush pink, and peacock and the resurgence of layered, decorative pattern which has been seen for several seasons in high fashion and is now filtering into
Our Favourite East to West GP & J Baker Designs
The namesake of this collection is an enchanting coastal design of drifting boats. The multicoloured sails of ikat embroidery reflect the incredible journeys and adventures of the past.
Winner of Best Embroidered Fabric at the Homes & Gardens 2017 Fabric Awards, Muza offers a dizzying patchwork of pattern. There's zig-zags and ikats, trellises and stripes, all in vibrant colours.
A glorious Chinoiserie-inspired fabric featuring exuberantly coloured tropical birds and butterflies printed on pure linen. This rich mustard colourway now one of the most popular designs.
A thick embroidered stripe with a kilim design is flanked by small-scale embroidered diamonds. The colour combination works wonderfully on curtains, cushions and roman blinds.