This large island in the south Aegean sea, just off the Anatolian coast, was renowned as home to one of the seven wonders of the world: The colossus of Rhodes. This simple woven design, informed by traditional Greek embroidery is in fact woven – large floating yarns are intrinsic to the construction of the fabric giving a three dimensional look.
According to ancient mythology King Minos built such a structure at Knossos in Crete to hold the minotaur. A fresh interpretation of the classic Greek key pattern, this crisp and graphic woven has the feel of a labyrinth. Both scale and colour work well with the more painterly elements of the collection.
This small version of the design Kalathos is woven in cotton with a soft quilted effect. Extra wide, at 300cm, it makes the loveliest bedding without having to join two widths. The clever combination of white and off white yarns means it sits well with a variety of linens.
In Greek mythology Thalassa was the spirit of the sea. This stylized wave pattern, reminiscent of medieval wall paintings, but initially inspired by the extraordinary English home of the eccentric Edward James, suggests the movement of the ocean. It is embroidered on a fine cotton ground.
In mythology, Aegeus gave his name to the Aegean sea. This joyous print, inspired by the infamous cut-outs of Henri Matisse, has all the movement and excitement of the ocean.
It is a wonderful carrier for colour, and the three colourways have their own distinctive and appealing characters.
There is an ancient and magical oak forest in south-western Greece for which this design is named. Stripes of two coloured leaves spiral up this printed fabric giving a wonderful movement to both curtains and blinds. It works equally well in bold colours as it does in chalky pastels.
This classic scrolling pattern is often seen in Greek, Roman and Byzantine architecture embellishing stone, wood and two dimensional decoration. Repainted in watercolour to give a fluidity that works well with the slubby linen ground. The open layout and large scale gives a fresh appeal.