The Fabric of India Exhibition

One of the Alidad team paid a visit to the V&A over the weekend to see the long awaited Fabric of India exhibition.

 

Not only was the exhibition carefully put together, it was incredibly informative and of course, just stunning to look at! I was taken on a journey from the nature of actually making cloth, the various methods of decorating it, through to the assorted uses. Fascinating videos of craftsmen today, practising the arts of hand block printing, intricate hand embroidery and weaving on hand looms were dotted around, portraying the skill and labour that goes in to the textiles that we use on a day to day basis here at Alidad Ltd. It is quite easy to forget the level of expertise that can go in to one beautiful cushion cover!

 

The highlight had to be the full Mughal tent, a portable palace, decorated with poppies in bordered panels; a pattern and colour combination that I could definitely see in an Alidad designed home!

 

It is quite clear that we owe a great deal to the Indian Textile trade, and this exhibition highlights the importance and the enormous influence it has had throughout history on fashion, jewellery and of course out interiors!

 

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Introducing New Velvet Furniture Pieces – Julius Cabinet and Antonius Console Table

We are very excited here at Alidad about our two new Velvet Furniture Pieces – the Julius Cabinet and the Antonius Console Table.

 

Shown below, both with a Nero Marquina marble top, they are an elegant addition to our range of furniture in rich velvet and antique bronze nailing that has come to define Alidad’s style and aesthetic.  Other colours and tops are available for both these items of furniture.

 

Please visit http://www.alidad.com/products/#alidad-velvet-furniture-collection for more details on dimensions and materials.

 

Please contact us at decoration@alidad.com or 02073840121 for further information, prices and samples.

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Alidad Adores – Pippa Caley Embroidered Fabrics

This week Alidad Adores these textured and colourful fabrics from Pippa Caley. We love the elaborate organic forms, the delicate embroidery and the bright bursts of colour in these varied and interesting textiles. A really fun and unusual addition to any room! fabric 11 final fabric 6 final fabric 3 final
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Introducing ‘Alidad Adores’ – This Week: English Tapestry, Julia Boston Antiques

Here at Alidad we are excited to announce we will be posting a weekly blog about what we love!

Be on the look out for interesting insights into what grabs our attention and excites us each week!

 

This week, Alidad Adores: English Tapestry

 

 

This English Mythological Tapestry from Julia Boston Antiques​. We love the composition of this 18th century tapestry and the exquisite scrollwork on the border – amazing something this old is in such excellent condition!

 

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The tapestry depicts Apollo at Vulcan’s forge, the moment when the god Apollo visits Vulcan and tells him his wife Venus is having an affair with Mars the god of war. Apollo is shown wearing a red toga turning towards Vulcan who is not seen but his anvil and tools are depicted in the bottom right hand side of the tapestry. Venus and Mars are seen to the left in an embrace. Apollo’s chariot is shown in the clouds above his head.

 

Woven in wools and silks from the series Venus and Vulcan, reduced in size. This tapestry has been cleaned and had minimal conservation it has been fully backed with linen.

 

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Watts Of Westminster Celebrating 140 Years

Watts & Co. are celebrating 140 years of their company’s colourful and beautiful designs. The “Pattern Watts’ Architects Wallpaper, 1870 – Today” exhibition offers a rare peak inside this fifth generation family-run firm.

In the exhibition’s pamphlet a photograph of Alidad’s interior was used to demonstrate the truly beautiful velvets produced by Watts of Westminster.

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