Indienne Love

Indienne : a light cotton fabric with designs painted or printed in imitation of designs used originally in subcontinental India.

Braquenié, the historic French fabric house founded in 1824, produces magnificent 18th and 19th century patterns, most notably Indiennes and toiles de Jouy. Some of my favorites that I have used previously for Casa V Interiors are shown below.




Les Colonnes-Broderie.

In customary French fashion, Hubert Givenchy used this tree of life pattern all over his guest bedroom, le Châmbre d’Hélène. This bedroom in his country estate, Le Jonchet, still inspires designers today. Breathtaking images of this home and Le Clos Fiorentina, his French Riviera villa, can be found in the The Givenchy Style by Francoise Mohrt.


Le Grand Genois. (Photo: Pascal Chevallier).

Not a new fabric, but new to catch my eye is Tajmahal. The red color way of this fabric I have seen numerous times and have loved it. See here for a beautiful bed imagined by Alidad.


Tajmahal, color: Grenat

The lesser known, at least to me, blue green coloration has me excited. It is more subtle than its flashier red sister, but can be equally seductive…


Tajmahal, color: Bleu Vert


The red embroidered pillows add an ethnic pop to the traditional Braquenié. (Photo: Simon Upton)

as seen in this charming exotic dormered guest bedroom designed by Studio Peregalli. The pattern has a companion pattern, Tajmahal-Rayure, of a smaller scale incorporating stripes which allows for borders and panels. I have both of the blue green versions in mind for a banquette cushion that I am finally getting around to making.


Tajmahal-Rayure in color bleu vert.


The bedroom belongs to this beautiful Hampstead London home built in 1881. To see other images of this exquisitely detailed home see here.

Braquenié is available to designers through Pierre Frey.

Winter Park design firm Casa V can bring Indienne charm to your home.