I have have quite a few favorite fabrics. Dabney and I store our fave samples in one big box at her house in Atlanta then trade them back and forth, putting together design schemes when we’re bored. [side note: does fabric scheming not sound like the worst kind of torture for our poor husbands, who are either with us during said scheming or can hear our endless phone convos? They are sometimes
the center of our attention slightly deprived when we’re together.] Of all my favorite fabrics, one at the top of the list is Le Manach’s Palmyre.
Le Manach is a luxury French fabric house founded in 1829 and acquired by Pierre Frey in 2014. Le Manach fabrics are the ultimate in style and sophistication – proof: Lee Radziwill (Jackie’s sis and most stylish woman alive) used Le Manach’s Mikado in several of her famous living rooms. Vibrantly colored chinoiseries, ikats, and florals are the brand’s calling card and all designs are historically based, some from as far back as the 17th century!
Palmyre is a cotton chintz that was first printed by Le Manach in 1931. Similar floral patterns were popular in the 19th century, one shown in the Ingres portrait below. Palmyre is Obama’s White House decorator Michael Smith’s favorite chintz because of its many layered colors. I agree – Palmyre’s twisting florals absolutely explode with color and make my heart happy.
I’d love to see Palmyre on the headboard of a girls room or mixed with wicker and eclectic antiques in a living room. I’d put it on a settee, cost be damned, and let it be the focal point. With a fabric so special, a room doesn’t need much more!
in floral heaven