Monday, March 30, 2015

Schumacher Floral Prints, a Perennial Favorite

While reading about Geoffrey Bennison's passion for antique textiles, especially those floral-print documents which he was so fond of, I was reminded of Schumacher's 125th Anniversary collection. It's a collection that has been on my mind since last fall, not to mention a topic which I've been meaning to write about.

I'm sure many of you are already familiar with the fabric collection, which was conceived by Schumacher's Creative Director, Dara Caponigro. Dara, who has a passion for the history of design, went through Schumacher's extensive archives (the textile company has been in existence since 1889) in search of those fabrics that could be refreshed, rejuvenated, and reintroduced as part of the company's milestone collection. One of my fantasies is to be able to immerse myself in a textile archive with the task of pulling old fabrics and updating them for use today. Dara is living out my fantasy, so I confess to feeling pangs of good-natured envy.

The anniversary collection features flamestitch, chevron, leopard, and toile. But floral prints in all their glory figure prominently in this collection, hence the Geoffrey Bennison connection I made earlier. There is Boughton House, a wonderful poppy, peony, and rose print which was based on a Victorian-era document from the Schumacher archive. The Porcelain colorway would look especially striking when used alongside blue and white porcelain. One of my favorites is Manor House, a cheery chintz that was designed by Dorothy Draper, who, by the way, created a number of fabrics for Schumacher. Indian Arbre dates back to the 1920s, when it appeared as a block-printed linen. And then there is Song Garden, which is a striking combination of flowers and pagodas. Inspired by an 18th-century French document, this print has been rescaled and colored so that it now has a graphic flair to it.

With such a range of floral fabrics, there is sure to be a print to please even the fussiest of flower lovers.

 Boughton House in Porcelain

 Boughton House in Gris

 Manor House in Pink Lady

 Manor House in Breeze

Manor House in Nightfall

 Indian Arbre in Tea

 Indian Arbre in Spring

Indian Arbre in Hyacinth

 Song Garden in Chartreuse

 Song Garden in Cocoa

 Song Garden in Greige

Song Garden in Lacquer


  1. Thank you for your post. The pink-and-green Manor House chintz by Dorothy Draper reminds me of The Greenbrier - one of my favorite places to spend Easter weekend!
    Kind regards,
    Kathleen Sams Flippen (A Flippen Life)

  2. Jennifer these feel so fresh and inviting. The Indian Arbre in Hyacinth is gorgeous!!

    The Arts by Karena

  3. I am lovin Song Garden in Lacquer + it has a chinoiserie feeling.

  4. These are all so pretty! I'm a big fan of floral print in almost everything. I totally love the bright red textile at the end.

  5. Such Pretties, so happy chintz s are getting their due again, and love this collection

  6. Just found your blog - love it! Look forward to reading through the archives!