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13 Bordeston Court, The Ham
Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8HW
United Kingdom

+44 (0)7729 845908

Miniaturist creating historically authentic miniatures for 18th century, Georgian, Regency and Colonial dolls house settings in 1/12th (one inch) scale. Beautiful silks and hand-printed wallpapers for 18th-century dollshouses, doll houses, baby houses. @homewithmrshgth

Historic Silk Fabric Designs

Our range of miniature printed silk fabrics are based on authentic woven silks dating from the 18th century. 

The historic designs we reproduce are printed on on 100% pure silk and many designs are available in two different finishes, a Crêpe de Chine or a Habotai. The Crêpe de Chine has a fantastic drape and a subtle sheen which is perfect for upholstery and a whole range of miniature needlework projects. This quality fabric is characterized by a crinkly surface giving it a pebbly and slightly dusty appearance. The 100% silk Habotai is smoother and has a higher sheen. It is light and flexible and perfectly embodies the beauty of silk.

Silks are available with a useable area of 21cm(w) by 30cm(h) (or 8 & 2/8ths by 11 & 6/8ths) inches in the vertical option, or by 30cm(w) by 21cm(h) (or 11 & 6/8ths by 8 & 2/8ths inches) in the horizontal option.

If you are having difficulties selecting a design, the broad rule was that large-scale imposing designs were chosen for important public-facing rooms and more delicate designs – frequently florals – for lesser rooms.

Please note that an exact colour-match between silk and wallpaper cannot be guaranteed since the print processes are different.

Silk on walls

By the mid 18th century principal rooms would be half-panelled with a dado rail placed at the height of a chair-back, and the space above would be decorated with fabrics ‘strained’ over canvas or hessian on wooden frames.

To imitate this decorative finish silk can be fixed to walls, and we can provide advice on how to do this. 

As a final authentic touch it is suggested that vertical lines are marked or embellished (with either braid or one of the authentic ‘Brass Trims’ made by Cristina Noriega which we sell on this website) to show the point at which the individual wooden frames would have joined.

 
 
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