Founded in 1860 by Arthur Sanderson, who imported luxury French wallpapers before producing his own, Sanderson was granted its first royal warrant by King George V. From such a prestigious seal of approval, the company grew quickly: now one of England’s oldest soft furnishing brands, it’s internationally renowned for taking inspiration from the wonders of the countryside and furnishing every kind of home with products in its nature-influenced style. The range – which is sold in over 70 countries – encompasses printed fabrics, weaves, embroideries, paint, home accessories and, of course, wallpaper. Holders of the Royal Warrant since 1923, it also continues to supply fabrics, wallcoverings and paint to HM Queen Elizabeth II and the British royal households today.
The production process is managed by highly skilled in-house craftsmen from start to finish, from designers to colourists, and from engravers to printers
Sanderson’s distinctive floral signature combines beautifully observed, hand-drawn designs, inspired by nature and elegant and easy to live with. All patterns begin as a piece of artwork sketched from real life by the talented Buckinghamshire-based design team, on their regular field trips to the countryside. Additionally, the extensive archive is a wonderful resource, containing precious collected pieces that date back to the Renaissance. It’s no wonder that time spent delving through the drawers can often spark creative ideas. What’s more, working to a definitive core colour palette (which is injected with new highlights each season) means that there is effortless coordination across the full range. And the production process is managed by highly skilled in-house craftsmen from start to finish, from designers to colourists, and from engravers to printers.
New this year is ‘A Celebration of the National Trust by Sanderson’, a collection of fabrics – seven embroideries, two weaves and 11 prints – inspired by the nature and culture found throughout the Trust’s country homes, gardens and fenlands. The five themes include The Fens, where the weaving grasses and wild flower patterns represent the tranquillity of Cambridgeshire’s Wicken Fen nature reserve; Under the Greenwood Tree, which is based on cottage gardens such as Thomas Hardy’s Dorset home, and The Lookout, all darting seabirds and rolling waves that signify the 780 miles of coastline and wildlife within the Trust’s care.
Paired with documents from the Sanderson archive, and with a wide and varied colour palette, it makes for a compelling design story – as well as highlighting the shared values of the two brands and the Trust’s commitment to conserving our natural and cultural legacy. ‘We’re delighted to launch this collection which coincides with Sanderson’s 160th and the National Trust’s 125th anniversaries,’ says Rebecca Craig, head of design at Sanderson. ‘This is a collaboration between two heritage brands, where we proudly translate the wonder of the National Trust into a range of stunning fabrics using eco-inks and sustainable cotton.’
Whether you want to embrace the bright, abundant blooms found within the secret walled gardens of a rural estate or prefer the contemporary greys and laid-back neutrals that reflect the tones of age-old buildings, there’s nothing more enchanting than recreating nature’s beauty at home.