Gainsborough was established in 1903 by an enterprising weaver, Reginald Warner, in Sudbury, the town Gainsborough still operates from. The business moved to its present location in 1924. Warner had been on several Grand Tours and amassed an extraordinary collection of inspirational fabrics, around which he and successive generations of weavers and designers have built up the famous Gainsborough Archive that easily exceeds 5,000 designs today.

Awarded the Royal Warrant in 1980, the company has produced fabrics for Royal palaces, state buildings and grand residences around the world and the tradition of creating fabrics of enduring quality carries on today. Gainsborough’s reputation was built on innovation and design. Gainsborough fabrics sit naturally in diverse settings from the royal residences to the Parisian catwalks, to the walls of a stately home or your antique wingbacked armchair.

Notable amongst the Gainsborough designs is the collection The Grand Tour, developed in collaboration with artist-designer Karen Beauchamp with Renaissance pays homage to Warner’s European travels and the eclectic riches found in the archive he started, which Karen excavated to showcase the best of Gainsborough, the artisanal skills of its craftspeople and the unique finishes possible on our older shuttle looms. The collection nods to Gainsborough’s past but with a clear eye on the future, infusing signature patterns with a dramatic sense of scale and a compelling contemporary colour palette to create pieces that are completely right for now. The Grand Tour includes: Medici: a sumptuous Damask, Blazer Stripe: a vibrant two different widths stripes, Chelsea Trellis: an elegant small geometric weaving three colours, Cathay: a luxurious chinoiserie pattern in sumptuous colours.