Late 19th century & early 20th century french furnishing cretonnes
A definition of cretonne; ' A heavy unglazed cotton, linen, ... colorfully printed and used for draperies and slipcovers. [After Creton, a village of northwest France.] Here are few French furnishing cretonnes, mostly from the late 1800s, but a few from the early 1900s. They were made to last, and especially in France, where textiles were hardly ever thrown away, plenty still survive today. I like the unglazed finish of these cretonnes as opposed to the highly glazed, starched finish of chintz; the matt finish, especially in a linen or linen mix cretonne has a very pleasing look and texture that helps the fabric to blend into the overall look of the room without being too relective or shiny.
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!