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Patterns in Popular Culture

Have you ever wondered why gingham conjures images of cute farmer’s guilds, or why just a flicker of tartan has you humming God Save the Queen? We know, pattern history is difficult to unpack. But, once you know it, you won’t be short of watercooler conversation.

Take a deep dive into some of the world’s most popular fabric patterns with Plumbs, the furniture reupholstery experts, below.

Gingham

Untitled Design (87)

Untitled Design (84)

Untitled Design (86)

Untitled Design (85)

Looking for more pattern inspiration? You’ll find more than 800 fabrics in the Plumbs collection.

Within this collection, you’re free to choose from the most iconic patterns (like stripes and checks), as well as perennial favourites like florals, geometrics and leaf patterns. Even semi-plain fabrics have sophisticated prints which instantly liven up old sofas, footstools and curtains.

For a look at all the Plumbs fabrics, and to see which reupholstery service would best suits your needs, get in touch with a member of the Plumbs team today.

Image credits:

  • Bardot - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brigitte_Bardot.jpg (Michel Bernanau)
  • Channel - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gabrielle_Chanel_en_marini%C3%A8re.jpg (may be fair use?)
  • Presley - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elvis_Presley_Jailhouse_Rock2.jpg (May be fair use or MGM)
  • Marilyn - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monroecirca1953.jpg (Bert Parry)
  • Prince - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prince_at_Coachella_(cropped).jpg
Sophie Page
Sophie Page

Sophie is a great granddaughter of the founders of the business - so fabrics and furniture are almost part of her DNA! Her interests include home interiors and upcycling, and her favourite show to watch after work is The Repair Shop. Some of the topics she covers on the Plumbs blog include sofa reupholstery and furniture protection.

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