Gainsborough has been producing high quality fabrics since their founding in 1903. Today, Gainsborough's commitment to preserving the traditions and values that made its name is stronger than ever.

From preparing and dyeing the yarn to threading it onto bobbins, every stage of design and production is undertaken at the mill. By managing the entire process in-house, Gainsborough can deliver flawless results to exacting lead times, and enjoys the flexibility to accept custom weaves without restriction.

Drawing upon a century of expertise and a world-famous archive containing over 2000 original designs, Gainsborough is uniquely placed to meet the growing demand for genuine service, quality and above all, authenticity.

20th Century

The Gotto
Design 449
First produced in 1935, quite possible for the silver jubilee of George V, this pattern faithfully interprets designs of the decade of his coronation.

Louis Quatorze
Design 116
First woven in 1904, this is an excellent example of a Gilded Age pattern showing the rhythm and energy of typical late 19th and early 20th century designs.
Design 361
A fantastic design from the turn of the last century displaying American influences.
Period: 1920-1930
Style: Art Deco
Period: 1920 - 1930's
Style: Art Dec
Carmen Stripe
Period: 1920 - 1930's
Style: Art Deco
Bee Stripe
Design 982
Period: 20th Century
Style: Empire
Multi coloured silk damask
Period: 20th Century
Style: Art Deco
Multi coloured Damask
Period: 20th Century
Style: Art Deco
Multi coloured Damask
Period: 20th Century
Style: Art Deco

19th Century

Description: Taken from an original French hand cut velvet document from around 1875.

Garland of Flowers
Design 955
Very suitable for Edwardian interiors, this floral trellis pattern echoes those of the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth centuries
Louis XIV
Design 219
Also availalbe in miniature version. An excellent late 19th century (English Silk Weaving Company) rendition of the 'Gilded Age' Louis XVI - revival style
Design 156
First woven in 1904, this pattern
is typical of the Italian silks of
about 1730 which became so
fashionable for English 18th
century interiors (this may be
a pattern by Luther Hooper of Ipswich;
he was particularly interested
in this type of design and made
a study of at least one of
the original pieces).
The Walpole Damask
Design 142
From a family of very similar designs first produced in France in the 1770s and remaining popular throughout the entire 19th century
Sheringham II
Colourful Italian Medici circa early 1800's
Period: 1810
Style: Italianate
Description: Stripe
Period: n/a
Style: n/a
Moired stripe tabourette
Period: n/a
Style: n/a
GT Stripe
Description: Striped silk taffeta
Period: n/a
Style: n/a
Miniature Louis XIV
Design 620
Rococo revival pattern, of the type widely used between 1860 and 1900, particularly in France and America.
St James Palace
Design 837
From 'St James', designed by
William Morris and registered in
August 1881. Power-loom jacquard
woven initially by J.O Nicholson
and only later hand-woven
at Merton Abbey
Description: Plain silk taffeta
Period: n/a
Style: n/a

18th Century

Self coloured damask based on a velvet of french or italian origins in the style of late 17th early 18th centuries.

Design 91
Based on a velvet of either French or Italian origins, in the style of the late 17th Century and early 18th Century
Self coloured damask displaying French influences
Period: 18th Century
Braintree No. II
Design 595
Late Seventeenth/early Eighteenth century Italian origins, the long repeat of this pattern makes it particularly suitable for wallcoverings and bed hangings

Waddesden Medici
Description: Medici style damask.
Period: 17th-18th Century
Small Waddesden
Self coloured damask.
Period: 17th-18th Century
Small trellis design and motif self-coloured
Period: 16th-17th Century
Another of the many variations of this italian pattern of about 1730.
Period: 17th-18th Century
Buenos Aires No. 2
Rendered in the manner of french silks of the 1780's which were referred to as des indes - having been inspired by exotic floral designs originating from india.

Based on italian Rococco silk
designs of about 1745-1760.

Georgian Tapestry
Reproduction of an original crewel work
Period: Circa 1720
Style: Georgian
Faithfully reporoduced from a
German silk Damask of 1750-75,
held in the Arts & Crafts
Museum, Dresden.

17th Century

Miniature Lovebirds
Design 933
Derived from an Italian silk of the very late Sixteenth century or first half of the Seventeenth century
Style: Italian Renaissance

Chatsworth No. 2
Self coloured brocatelle
Period: 16th-18th Century
Style: Italian, Classic Revival/Palladian
The Goldsmiths Damask
Design 977
From curtains at Goldsmiths Hall, the late Seventeenth century-style pattern appears in mid-Nineteenth century form, during which time such designs were also fashionable.
Style: Italian, Classic Revival/Palladian
The Sudbury Damask
Design 352
Also available as a brocatelle, our design 347, Adapted from the patterns of Italian and French silks of the second half of the Seventeenth century
The Stair-Andrews Louis
Design 398
A pattern typical of many silks and other decorative arts of the late Seventeenth century, and particularly associated with Italian velvets
Period: 17th Century
Style: Rococco
The Dedham Damask
Design 749
Based on an Italian damask pattern from the third quarter of the Seventeenth century
Period: 17th Century
Style: Gothic
The Marlborough Damask
Design 792
Based on a Genoese silk damask ordered in 1689 for the walls of the Presence Chambers in Hampton Court Palace
Period: 17th Century
Style: Italian/Baroque
Waddeston Manor
Design 928
Derived from a document from Waddeston Manor, this design employs a distinctive cornucopia motif that was not uncommon feature of Italian and French silks of the late 17th Century.
The Strasbourg Damask
Design 931
Adapted from Italian silk designs of the latter part of the Seventeenth century
Period: 17th Century
Style: Italian/Baroque
The Country Garden
Design 954
Adapted from a textile document of Seventeenth/Eighteenth centuries, Louis XVI

Design 301
Faithfully reproducing an Italian
or French brocaded damask made at
some time about the 1670s and held
in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Bird and Basket
Design 269
Late 17th century in inspiration,
this pattern was first reproduced
in 1915
Style: Italian,
Classic Revival/Palladian

16th Century

Hoo Poo
Description: English Tudor.
Period: 1509-1547
Style: Tapestry Effect

Taken from an original italian
hand cut.
Period: Late 16th Century Early
17th Century
Style: Italian Renaissance
The Valentine
Design 22
A Sixteenth century Italian strapwork pattern of the type popularized in the second half of the Nineteenth century by the Renaissance revival
Design 24
A typical mullion pattern surrounding a highly stylised astor form
Period: 16th Century
Style: Spanish Gothic
The Small Venetian
Design 30
Italian inspiration of about the middle of the Sixteen century
Style: Italian Renaissance
Design 312
Reproduced from a silk,
thought to have been used in
the Netherlands during the
second half of the Sixteenth
Design 901
This design was reproduced from an Islamic pattern
Style: Persian
The Christopher Damask
Design 921
Mid-Sixteenth century Italian in inspiration,
this pattern was adapted from the
covering of an Italian Renaissance
chair in the Victoria and
Albert Museum. Also suitable for
1860s and 1870s Renaissance revival interiors
Italian small scale Damask.
Period: 1580-1610
Style: Renaissance

Pre 16th Century

Description: n/a

Description: n/a

Design 925
Based on the formal patterns
of Twelfth and Thirteenth century
southern Sicily, in which
confronting birds were often found
The Oxford Damask
Design 842
Faithfully reproducing Sidney Vasher's
rendition of the Italian silk depicted
by Carlo Crivelli in his 'Madonna and Child'
of 1476
Period: 15th Century
Style: Gothic