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Darnley Toile was inspired by Chintz one of Zoffanys oldest & most iconic designs. Originally produced for Temple Newsam, a stately home near Leeds, Chintz was used in a room adjoining Temple Newsams Darnley room, from which this reinterpreted design takes it name.. Whats everyone's thoughts?  Leave a comment below.

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Pierre Frey

Pierre Frey was born on 29 December 1903, to a northern French family. After a first job as a furniture polisher for an antique dealer, he worked with a milliner, then with a fabrics house by the name of Burger. In 1930, he quit his position to manage the Lauer house, another major fabric creator of the time. He then convinced its designer, Jean Chatanay, to follow him on a second move. On 27 December 1934, a house carrying both names—Chataney and Frey—opened its doors. Today, Pierre Frey SA owns the brand Pierre Frey but also the brands Braquenié, Boussac, Fadini Borghi and Le Manach. The company’s collection consists of about 7,000 items with various themes according to the decades, from classic to contemporary. This collection includes the Pierre Frey designs and...

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F. Schumacher

F. Schumacher & Co. is a privately held company based in New York City and Newark, Delaware, that designs products for the interior design industry in the United States. Established in 1889 by Frederic Schumacher,[2] F. Schumacher & Co. is a fifth generation business[3] and the only supplier of decorative textiles from the 19th century still privately owned and managed by direct descendants of its founder. The company sells fabrics, wall coverings, trimmings, furnishings, and floor coverings under two brands, Schumacher & Patterson, and Flynn & Martin. F. Schumacher & Co. currently maintains 18 showrooms in several countries and sells to the interior design trade.

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William Morris

William Morris was born in March 1834 in London, the third of ten children, to a wealthy family, his father being a financier. Among the benefits of this privileged setting is that the family copper mining shares funded his collection of antique books and paintings though dwindling income led to the later sale of many. Nonetheless, he collected old books and manuscripts to his dying days. Morris attended Oxford University from 1853 where he soon met life-long friend and occasional colleague Ned Jones, later to become Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-98). While at Oxford both men fell under the influence of John Ruskin (1819-1900) whose inspiring though verbose writings presented the desirable virtues, or perceived ones, of medieval Europe. He led their...

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