For more than 75 years, Robert Allen has been serving the residential and hospitality design community by offering premium fabrics, luxurious furnishings and ground-breaking design services that are relevant and timeless.
The story began in 1938, when Benjamin and Esther Weissman founded the company in Boston, later naming it for their two sons, Robert and Allen. Through the years we pioneered the broad distribution of fabric books and were the first to organize fabrics by color with our renowned Robert Allen Color Library.
In fact, the design philosophy centers on color, and they have circled the globe seeking inspiration and working with mills in far-flung places that align with our principles. Their tireless efforts have not only resulted in thousands of colors, but thousands of the right colors.
Notable amongst the Robert Allen collections are the Madcap Cottage was inspired and designed by John Loecke & Jason Oliver Nixon known for their whimsical yet sophisticated use of color and pattern, the design duo behind Madcap Cottage scours the world for eclectic finds and inspiration that captures their unique sensibilities. They run their firm—an ever-changing design “laboratory”—in a former pharmacy in the heart of High Point, NC, the hub for American decorative arts. .
Standout Madcap Cottage interiors include a jewel-hued loft in downtown New York City, a color-rich, playful beach house in the Hamptons, a sophisticated 1920s-era bungalow in the Midwest, a historic shotgun-style cottage in the French Quarter and a former mill on the outskirts of London.
Robert Allen’s Nomadic Color collection is rich, sensuous and confident. The Robert Allen Nomadic collection brings home the colours, moods and textures of nomadic cultures. From the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to the Tibetan plateau and the prairies of the Great Plains, the spirit of the nomad is embodied in a pure palette of rich pigments. Rooted in Onyx, Carob, Denim and Cement, it’s a color story that draws from artisanal wares and traditional dress found amid these sparse locales. Contrasting black and ivory tones echo the carpets and shawls crafted by Berber tribes, deep, lush brown is a nod to the coveted baskets woven by the Zulu, sun-washed blues evoke fabrics soaked in dyes extracted from the centuries-old indigo plant and soft greys layer in the soothing, muted hues of ceremonial clay pottery. From the geometric Kuba cloth motifs to the nubby knotting and touches of sequins and shine, the patterns and textures in this collection together create a truly transporting experience.