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Chintz Prints

Our dear friend, decorator Mario Buatta, called the other day looking for foxglove plants for clients in Texas and though we haven’t featured these plants in our collection in years, we were more than happy to oblige.  Given his love for classic English style and use of floral prints, Mario is the so-called “Prince of Chintz” (a nickname he received twenty-five years ago).

Mario Buatta - Living Room in New York

Mario Buatta - Living Room in New York

Mario Buatta - Bedroom in Houston

Mario Buatta - Bedroom in Houston

With its hand-drawn, exotic flowery patterns and beautiful colors, Indian chintz (from Hindi meaning sprinkled or sprayed) was introduced to the English by the British East India Company in the 1600’s.  The fabric’s soft texture and easy maintenance (compared to the wools and linens that were de rigueur in those days) made it an instant success and its popularity has never faded.

Lee Jofa - Smithfield Parnham

Lee Jofa - Smithfield Parnham

Some may think of chintz as fussy and old-fashioned, but we think that the new patterns being introduced by the likes of Celerie Kemble and Cath Kidston are fresh and fun.  Mario couldn’t agree more – “Every decade has had its chintz.  It’s like having a garden in your house year-round, and it’s cheaper!”

Hazelton House - Anne Dorothea Fabric

Hazelton House - Anne Dorothea Fabric

Celerie Kemble - Hot House Flowers

Celerie Kemble - Hot House Flowers

Photos from Architectural Digest, Lee Jofa, Hazelton House and Schumacher

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5 Comments

  • Reply Ashley February 25, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    The rooms are all gorgeous. I especially love the “Hot House Flowers” print. It has a vintage look to it. I’m so impressed by the way these designers utilize old, classic ideas in such a fresh, modern fashion.

  • Reply The Zhush February 25, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Love Celerie Kemble and totally nuts for Cath Kidston too! We have the cutest CK print in my son’s room, its very fifties vintage looking, all cowboys and indians (not exactly Chintz) but so sweet!
    Sue

  • Reply The Neo-Traditionalist February 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Loved learning a bit more about chintz! It’s one of my favorites. Someday I want a country house full of it. Oh and I’m going to do a little post tomorrow on your lovely products. Working on it now… And thank you for your order at Katie Armour Home, you’re too sweet! It will go out first thing tomorrow! XO

    • Reply carolyn February 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm

      How exciting… Can’t wait to see your post – probably from home as we are expecting yet another 8″ of snow!

  • Reply irini koutrouli February 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    can you please advise me the name and company of the floral fabric in ‘ Mario Buatta’ bedroom in Houston?
    Thank you

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