Sprawling branches bedecked in scalloped leaves and the most recognisable of nuts, our Francesca print is part fairy tale, part stroll in the countryside. “I aim to bring the outside world in, creating an indoor connection to nature,” explains the pattern’s designer Francesca. “I capture the elements of the natural world that bring joy and peace – oaks are such magnificent British trees, I really wanted to celebrate their inherent beauty”. Francesca hand painted the print in watercolour inks, gracefully depicting the splendour of the spellbinding tree. The Francesca print is available by the metre in two scales, small and grand, as well as four understated tones – purple-tinged Peat, blush pink Old Rose, earthy green Moss and fresh Flax Blue.
Design & engineering
The materials: linen and cotton
Francesca is made from a classic pairing of natural textiles with the soft handle of cotton but the characterful slubs and durability of linen. It’s a breathable fabric which will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter, and its tight weave means it’s extremely strong which makes it a go-to for upholstery and accessories.
For a dash of quietly sophisticated colour, any four of Francesca’s muted hues will do. But, if you’re searching for a shade which truly reflects the bare branches of a woodland scene, then purple-tinged Peat is your calling.
Doing the right thing
Aside from the fact that this fabric is produced in Lancashire (which ensures a minimal carbon footprint), it’s also created with linen that is European Flax Certified. This guarantees traceability of the production process, and means that the raw material is a natural, sustainable fibre that has been grown without artificial irrigation and is free from GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms).
Where we see it
This fabric comes in two print sizes – small and grand. We recommend combining both scales in the same room, with the larger print on a headboard, curtains or armchair, and the smaller one on accessories such as cushions or lampshades. This repetition of the same pattern is a traditional decorating style which fits with the timeless aesthetic of the fabric.