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Furnishing fabric - Maud


  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    England (designed)
    Maromme (made)

  • Date:

    1913 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bell, Vanessa, born 1879 - died 1961 (designer)
    Omega Workshops (designed for)
    Besselièvre (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed linen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Manchester Design Registry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The painter Vanessa Bell designed this fabric for the Omega Workshops. Founded in 1913, the Workshops produced a range of furniture and furnishings, including six textiles. Members of the Workshop and the Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists also used the textiles for clothing. The Workshop designs show the influence of contemporary painting, in particular the shapes and colours of Fauvism and Cubism.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric of printed linen. The design is made up of angular faceted abstract forms in pale-green, blue and red, and with black lines delineating the pattern.

Place of Origin

England (designed)
Maromme (made)


1913 (made)


Bell, Vanessa, born 1879 - died 1961 (designer)
Omega Workshops (designed for)
Besselièvre (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed linen


Length: 81.3 cm, Width: 77.5 cm, Height: 96 cm frame, Width: 94 cm frame, Depth: 5 cm frame

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric 'Maud' of printed linen, designed by Vanessa Bell, England for Omega Workshops, made by Besselièvre, Maromme, France, 1913

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

Baker, Malcolm and Richardson, Brenda, eds. A Grand Design : The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Publications, 1997. 431 p., ill. ISBN 1851773088.
The Victoria and Albert Museum's Textile Collection. British Textiles from 1900 to 1937 (London: V&A Publications, 1992), p. 39, ill. 26.




Block printing

Subjects depicted

Abstract; Geometric patterns


Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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