This is part one of a little series – the latest offerings from South African fabric house Mavromac are so lovely, we’ve broken them up into different stories. Read what Li had to say below.
Last week Vicki and I were treated to a smashing launch at Mavromac. Not only were the fabrics utterly sublime but the carrot cake literally wrestled me to the ground. I was helpless. (They launched 4 ranges but to keep your heartbeat at a slow flutter, I’ll hold back on a couple.) The inspirational design for the Birdsong range is a magnificent print using an on-trend indigo palette on a linen/cotton base. It looks like a mix of sketch and watercolour and the whole range is fine, light and fresh.
The other anchor print is a glorious birdy design originally taken from an 18th Century eiderdown. They’ve co-coordinated it with stunning block print, soft-edge geometric designs that are strong enough to stand-alone if birds aren’t your thing. The musical prints (birds, song, music, geddit?) add a wonderful twist and connect the classical to the contemporary.
City Life is handsome and sophisticated, in shades of grey, taupe and black with punches of colour here and there – oh the difference indigo and chartreuse make! Their new wide stripe will have you screaming out “pick me!”. (I want, want, want a sofa in that stripe.)
They’ve included a stonewashed, over-dyed self-pattern plain - soft to the touch and creating a laid-back, comfy vibe. If you’re after a plain but don’t want it showing the dirt in a nano-second – this is your solution.
Li, thanks for putting into words what so few of us could. I am obsessed with the City Life blockprints…ob.sessed.
BTW, not only is Li a fabric nerd of note, she’s also a talented writer…take a look at her blog here