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‘The original Indian document was in several pieces which our designer fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle to find the pattern. We bought it from a textile dealer in New York; attached to one of the pieces was a little crinkled brown envelope bearing a faded inscription,’ explains Gilly. When this was deciphered it revealed that the original fabric was given in 1795 as a wedding present to an American girl by a woman with a Dutch-sounding name. From India, the bolt would have been imported to Holland by the Dutch East India Company, Gilly surmised, and found its way to America from there. ‘I love the thought of it,’ says Gilly. Channel dining rooms ‘There is something very charming about this beautifully printed fabric having been given as a wedding present so many years ago.’ Running your own archive fabric company has other advantages: Gilly has used Bennison’s custom-colouring service to produce a faded teal colourway of‘Tokyo Rose’ on the sofas and apink-and-green colourway of the ‘Tulip Tree’ design used in the main bedroom. Both colourways are now part ofBennison’s collections.

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