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Charles Voysey

Charles Voysey Textiles

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941), English architect and furniture and textile designer, was one of the finest exponents of the Arts and Crafts style. Voysey's early work was as a designer of fabrics, wallpapers, and furnishings in a simple yet timeless Arts and Crafts style, and it is these designs which we are in the process of reproducing at Loome.

Charles Voysey Fabrics

C F A Voysey produced the most recognisable and timeless Arts and Crafts textile and wallpaper designs. Loome's exclusive collection of C F A Voysey fabrics. with their timeless and distinctive look, are perfect for homes both period and modern.

Charles Voysey Designs

Charles Voysey was distinguished as designer of flat patterns for wallpapers, fabrics, tiles and carpets. Many of his pattern designs take their effect from rhythmical contrast of shapes comprising areas of clear flat colour bounded by dark or pale outlines. Voysey usually used stylised natural forms, especially birds and plants to represent the positive shapes, and areas of background to provide contrasting negative shapes.

Voysey's earlier output, through the later 1880s, were influenced by historical traditional repeats. However, by the mid-1890s, he was executing his most original and characteristic designs: pastel colourways, flowing patterns with flattened silhouettes of hearts, birds, and florals. These designs were used for both textile and wallpapers and sometimes also produced as wool double cloths for furnishing. Typical Voysey designs of this period include "The Saladin" (1897) and The Owls (1898). Later, his patterns were narrative, using isolated motifs, often meant for the nursery. A famous design from this later period is his Alice in Wonderland fabric (1920).

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