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Chinoiserie Chic and Vintage Asian-Inspired Patterns from Colonial Williamsburg Collection Come to Showtime

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Dramatic multicultural design themes of the 18th century are carried into trend meets tradtion looks with the launch of the WILLIAMSBURG Classics IV collection from WILLIAMSBURG and licensee P/K Lifestyles. The introduction at Showtime will feature a line of striking printed linens and sophisticated wovens that draw on Chinese, Indian and British decorative motifs taken from the archives of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Fresh colors and on-trend designs translate the old-world inspiration for the modern home.

The collection’s prints feature vivid Chinese foo dogs, chinoiserie toiles, and patterns inspired by antique Chinese wallpaper. The ‘Dunmore Dragons’ linen takes its print from a delft bowl in the Colonial Williamsburg collection, and is characterized by dragon-like tigers in arresting colors like cinnabar and rich turquoise. The geometric ‘Lamerie Lattice’ echoes a 1740s English silver ‘wickerwork’ fruit basket with an interwoven fretwork pattern.

Woven fabrics include Kashmiri-inspired matelassé, Georgian geometric patterns, classic moiré, and bold baroque embroidery. ‘Goa Garden’ is a subtle neutral matelassé woven in patterns of 17th-century Indian textiles and mixes effortlessly with a variety of décor styles. ‘Hampton Scroll,’ a herringbone twill linen with a bold embroidered pattern, is reminiscent of the wrought iron gates at the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City.

“The inspiration drawn from Colonial Williamsburg is like a treasure chest of exotic jewels,” Pam Maffei-Toolan, P/K Lifestyles’ Vice President of Design, said. “Each pattern is unique in design, color, and fabrication.”

“P/K Lifestyles’ extraordinary design team channels exciting inspiration from around the world when they develop textiles inspired by Colonial Williamsburg’s amazing design archive,” WILLIAMSBURG Licensing Manager Liza Gusler said.

The collection will be available this summer through Robert Allen and specialty retailers across the country. The printed fabrics are 100% linen and retail for $30-$35 per yard. Woven and embroidered textiles retail for $60-$75 per yard.

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