Waverly®, WILLIAMSBURG® team up to create the Language of the Garden Collection
Waverly and the WILLIAMSBURG products program are collaborating on their fourth fabric collection – The Language of the Garden--as part of a continuing licensing partnership. The new collection is an aesthetically appealing offering of seven printed and four woven fabrics inspired by 18th-century botanical illustrations from the rare books and prints archives of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as well as the extensive flower and herb gardens of Colonial Williamsburg.
“Waverly has done a splendid job of integrating 18th-century illustrations into textiles that capture the essence of today’s more informal lifestyle,” said Gail Burger, director of textiles licensing for Colonial Williamsburg. “We anticipate that these designs, which are under exclusive license from Colonial Williamsburg, will have a universal appeal due to their wonderfully engaging quality that captures all of the senses.”
The printed fabrics include Somerset Botanical and Palace Tulips, two coordinate patterns that feature a spring bouquet of tulips, roses and lilies as well as images of insects normally found in a thriving garden. Lightfoot House depicts Chinese peonies, lanterns and flowers in a popular 18th-century chinoiserie motif and coordinates with Nassau Vine, a non-directional meandering vine pattern. Canton Garden continues the Asian-inspired theme with a delightful interpretation of a traditional southern Chinese courtyard inspired by English porcelains. Spotswood Stripe and Bassett Butterflies round out the offering with a beautiful stripe-and-herringbone pattern from an original textile and a charming array of delicate, brightly colored insects from a study of butterflies and insects.
Waverly has advanced the potential of this collection further by printing it on a much-anticipated new base cloth called Napa. The fabric features a silky, linen-like texture and will include fresh new colors -- mist, chocolate, porcelain, onyx and antique gold.
The collection’s four woven fabrics complement the prints, and feature a selection of flora and fauna. Each design was inspired by objects in the Colonial Williamsburg archives and museums. The wovens include Bryan House Trellis, Ballroom Plaid, Meadow Sprites and King’s Arms Matelassé.
The WILLIAMSBURG Products Program, established in 1936, provides authentic reproductions of antique furnishings and accessories as well as an interpretive lifestyle collection, both of which reflect the rich decorative arts traditions of the 18th century. Waverly, a subsidiary of F. Schumacher & Co., has been licensed by WILLIAMSBURG since 1999 to produce a line of fabrics and wallpapers whose lively and contemporary look are inspired by Colonial Williamsburg’s collections of antique fabrics and wall coverings.