Lorfords Antiques Opens its First London Showroom

On the lower ground floor is a fabric showroom – a  treasure trove of fabric & wallpaper ranges from artisan designers Carolina Irving, Kerry Joyce, Lake August, Nile & York, Penny Morrison and Rapture and Wright.

Individual, signature collections comprising delightful florals, naïve etchings and muted geometric abstracts, are offset by stronger splashes of pure divine colour.  Natural linens and soft textured weaves mingle with velvets and silks.

Carolina Irving

Carolina loves colors, but in an impressionistic way, mixing different patterns similar to a Vuillard painting. She has ransacked sources in France, England, Sweden and India for her toiles and chintzes.

Plus Turkey, Greece and other Middle Eastern countries for riotous colours and patterns that are reinterpreted in her special way.

The collection includes several multi-coloured designs, many others printed in single colours both in large and small patterns that all work together and are meant to be mixed.


Kerry Joyce

Lauded as one of today’s preeminent designers, Kerry Joyce embodies a passion for timeless design, attention to detail and impeccable execution which has earned him a broad array of honours on nationally esteemed best design lists.

Joyce’s unique point of view marries clean lines and graceful, understated colours and textures with comfort, warmth, grace and elegance without undue formality.

In 2011, Kerry Joyce Textiles debuted  a line that mirrors the firm’s aesthetic, combining a powerful visual perspective, inspired by traditional designs with a modern sensibility.

Luxurious woven fabrics and hand-screened prints are interpreted with an artisanal approach, celebrating the natural beauty of materials, paired with sophisticated colour palettes and textures.


Lake August

Whether observing a tangle of agave and nasturtium plants in her native California or admiring the grace of geese over water in Scotland, designer Alexis Hartman finds endless inspiration in the natural world.

Designs range from illustrative to abstract, but the mark of the artist is always apparent. Drawings, paintings or hand-carved blocks are translated into patterns which are then printed by hand onto soft Belgian linen or clay-coated wallpaper.

With each pattern, product or collection, Lake August continues to explore natural materials and traditional techniques.​


Nile & York

Nile & York presently offers two fabric ranges and a range of print to order wallpapers. The Small Print fabric range originally designed for fancy curtain linings in a lightweight chintz cloth also now includes a slightly heavier sateen cloth in a variety of designs and an array of colours, allowing use in many different environments.

The Small Linen Prints range are printed onto a linen/cotton cloth, woven in Scotland and designed to suit a range of interior styles, as stand-alone fabrics or to beautifully co-ordinate with a wide range of other fabrics and textures.

The Wallpaper designs are based on the Small Prints and Small Linen Prints ranges, any design and colour from these two ranges will be produced to order as Wallpaper in the same scale as it appears on the fabrics. All ranges are finished and printed in the UK.


Penny Morrison

Since launching her first collection in 2008 Penny Morrison has developed an extensive range of beautiful hand printed linens, all woven and printed in England.

After thirty years of designing houses and boutique hotels worldwide Penny felt there was a gap in the market for soft colours and unusual designs which would work in traditional or contemporary schemes.

All the fabrics are also all adapted from historical documents, mostly Turkish, Anglo Indian or ancient Greek embroideries from the islands.


Rapture & Wright

Rapture & Wright are one of the few remaining British artisan studios to handprint their fabrics and wallpapers in-house. Influences for their collection of modern British designs range from 18th century Japan to tribal and Aboriginal art, all with an Arts & Crafts aesthetic.

The resulting designs are timeless, suiting contemporary and classical interiors alike. By adapting age-old techniques in clever ways, Rapture & Wright have developed innovative methods to produce their core range of designs while also offering an affordable bespoke service.


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