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Furnishing fabric - Mechtilde


  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Maromme (printed)

  • Date:

    1913 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Etchells, Frederick (designer)
    Fry, Roger Eliot, born 1866 - died 1934 (designer)
    Omega Workshops (retailer)
    Besselièvre (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed linen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Margery Fry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This printed linen furnishing fabric was designed and sold by The Omega Workshops Ltd. Founded in 1913 by Roger Fry, Omega Workshops was a group of artists (including Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant) who designed furniture, pottery, carpets, textiles, stained glass and whole schemes of interior decoration. The Omega textile designs were ahead of their time and set a fashion for abstract and geometric patterns. This example 'Mechtilde', is likely to have been designed by the artist Frederick Etchells, a member of the group. This simple design was also used for a carpet woven by The Wilton Royal Carpet Factory, near Salisbury, in about 1915.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric of printed linen with a design of rows and squares linked by vertical lines with blue and yellow blocks of colour and black lines on a cream ground.

Place of Origin

Maromme (printed)


1913 (printed)


Etchells, Frederick (designer)
Fry, Roger Eliot, born 1866 - died 1934 (designer)
Omega Workshops (retailer)
Besselièvre (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed linen

Marks and inscriptions

Mechtilde 3/00565
On the back


Height: 196 mm, Width: 410 mm

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric 'Mechtilde' of printed linen, possibly designed by Frederick Etchells or Roger Fry, printed by Besselièvre in Maromme, France, retailed by Omega Workshops, 1913

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Beyond Bloomsbury. Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913-19, The Courtauld Gallery, London, 2009, p. 119, cat. 35H


Linen; Wool yarn




Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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