New fabric adds celestial fantasy to ‘Brave Ground’


the monkey puzzle treeThe latest fabric from luxury English interiors brand The Monkey Puzzle Tree picks up on the key themes of the moment, combining the warmth of Dulux Colour of the Year ‘Brave Ground’ with the need for escapism and sustainably sourced interiors.

On a natural ground of unbleached linen union fabric, ‘Metamorphosis’ invites you to imagine a fantasy world, featuring metallic gold comets and mysterious faces amidst green tendrils, cobwebs, claws and unicorn horns.

The large scale design gives a quirky twist to warm neutral schemes and pares beautifully with dark inky blues and greens.

‘Metamorphosis’ linen union fabric £132/m from
Large (50cm x 50cm) Metamorphosis cushion £120 from

Charlotte Raffo, founder of The Monkey Puzzle Tree worked closely with artist Kirsty Greenwood to design the fabric.

Kirsty is inspired by pareidolia – the tendency to see faces and animals in patterns and objects. Using hand marbling as a starting point she created layers of line drawings, building up a pattern of tendrils, faces and mythical creatures.

A heavy unbleached linen union was chosen as a base. The fabric, which is woven in Scotland, is a characterful blend of linen and cotton, retaining the natural colour of the yarn, and showing occasional slubs and imperfections which add to the natural charm of the fabric.

Metamorphosis was then screen printed in a heritage print works in Cumbria, England, using a unique combination of metallic, matt and bright inks to create depth in the design.

Watch our video with Kirsty Greenwood talking to Charlotte Raffo about the story behind the design and manufacture of Metamorphosis on our You Tube Channel


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