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Jean Monro: The Epitome of English Country Design

1st September 2020

Established in 1981, Jean Monro reproduces designs dating back to the 1920's that her mother, the famous decorator Mrs Geraldine Monro, had used and loved. Renowned for her timeless motifs, Jean Monro is revered as one of the best British designers. Her beautiful floral fabrics and complementary wallpapers are as popular now as ever before, and continue to bring the charms of a classic English Country home to properties across the world.

The Collection

For half a century Jean Monro personified the English style of interior design. Bringing fresh designs and a charming sense of colour, each motif provided elegance to the interiors of houses and businesses all over the world. 

Designs are delicate, handsome and thoroughly ­traditional. Gracing the furnishings and walls of numerous National Trust properties and historic buildings, her designs remain timelessly fashionable as a trend of their own, the fashions of the world around them change.

Monro, who was appointed OBE in 1996, was much loved by all. A member of staff commented that “Jean had great flair and immense panache and was a shrewd ­businesswoman. But Jean was fun, very professional with a fine sense of the ridiculous. And she could giggle.”  Ms Monro died peacefully on 31st August 2013, aged 97 however her designs live on.

The Production

Wherever possible, fabrics are printed in England using traditional methods. One of the very few companies still editing original hand-block designs, the brand of Jean Monro prides itself on producing the highest quality cloths that can be used for both upholstery and curtains.

Designs are each produced with the upmost care, with the printing process requiring an apprentice who has trained for several years. Often involving hundreds of different blocks, the effect achieved is worth the wait and is one that cannot be satisfactorily copied by any other methods. 

An 18 meter length of fabric can take up to a week. Every colour is printed separately with each design requiring several blocks to create its finished print. Details are applied by a combination of methods, but all by hand. Once the printing is finished, minute re-touches are made using the dye from the tray to ensure that the finished product is a complete work of art.

Browse our favourites...

A wonderful botanical print taken from a book of Victorian flower paintings. Printed vibrant pink blossoms & buds bloom from within the darker green leaves which provide the perfect foil for the delicate blossoms.

A bold paisley design in sea green. This bold design has a textured effect which makes the design look fused against the linen look paper. The ideal wallpaper for a grand country house interior.

Bordered on both sides with columns of roses and lilacs in soft pink & white. Small bunches of flowers are scattered across the central panel with trailing leaves in green and duck egg blue.

A softer Damask wallpaper in a versatile pewter grey and white colourway. This design creates the perfect backdrop for a bold interior with high ceilings for maximum impact.

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Country House Inspirations

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Information and imagery sourced from Scotsman.com and Jean Monro