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LUXURY COUTURE CUSHIONS

 

Handcrafted Irish Linen Cushion

 

By designer-maker Katie Larmour

 

Details:

100% pure Irish Linen from the flax plant

27 x 19 inches (approx 61 x 41 cm) including frills

Made to order

Colour in classic pristine white (backing also)

Filled with a plush duck feather insert

Made in Ireland

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The Concept 

Our colour palate is very simple, its neutral tones connecting to the earth, conveying a serene and timeless purity. It creates a vision of light, airy, fresh, calm and peaceful surroundings, perfect for a beach house in the Hamptons. The rawness of the Irish linen texture captures the essence of nature and our rich heritage. Our linens look their best that tiny little bit wrinkly. 

 

Construction

Each piece has been carefully constructed with precision and attention to detail using natural fibres, that is natural cloth, natural thread, natural lining and high quality duck feather and down fillers. We embrace traditional handmade artisan skills so each cushion has a precious individual beauty.

 

Inspiration

Inspiration for this beautiful artisanal double ruffle trimmed cushion comes from a mixture of nature, legend and couture fashion. Images of 1950s haute couture ballgowns through to modern day creations, of ballet dress style ruched gathering of fabric and the iconic pleating technique of linen by Irish designer Sybil Connolly, have all influenced this very feminine design. Irish mythology and the tale of the ‘Children of Lir’ find us romantically influenced by the story of Finola and her three brothers who were turned into swans. It is said that back in the day, when the Irish Linen industry was at it’s height, swans often attempted to land in the fields of flax because from the air the sea of pretty blue flax flowers looked like lakes of blue water. It’s this imagery that comes through in our vintage inspired frills. The edges have been left unfinished with a delicate fray enhancing the visible grain and exquisite surface texture of the linen, offering a traditional rustic look where purity is evident.

In the words of Christian Dior - 

‘You can never really go wrong if you take nature as an example.'

 

What Makes Irish Linen So Special

Known as ‘the aristocrat of textiles’ and referred to as ‘white gold’ it really is a superb and unique fabric. Katie Larmour Design studio is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the home of the Irish Linen industry. Ireland was the world leader at the height of linen production a century ago, and what once was a cottage industry and then turned large scale, has now come full circle. Irish linen is again produced in small quantities today to a luxury niche market. We are passionate about keeping this wonderful textile alive. To add to its desirability in this modern world of today Irish Linen has plenty of appealing eco-friendly properties: it is cultivated using little water, without fertilisers or pesticides; it is sustainable and the whole of the natural plant is used making it a waste-free crop. Basically grown as a weed it is transformed into the most luxurious of fabrics today. All our Irish Linen is certified by the Irish Linen Guild. 

 

Order Notes:

studio@katielarmourdesign.com 

Lead time estimated two weeks.

 

Trade Notes:

This design will always be available in oatmeal and white.

International customers may inquire for a cushion cover only, without fillers, if preferred.