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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

2.23.2010

Indian Chintz at Powis Castle

[©NTPL/Erik Pelham]

This morning, courtesy of The National Trust, I have some vivid images of the Indian collection at Powis Castle in Powys, Wales. Shown above is an 18th-century Indian chintz tent, now preserved at the Castle, that originally belonged to Tipu Sahib, the Sultan of Mysore. The tent was acquired by Edward Clive, 2nd Baron Clive and 1st Earl of Powis, after Tipu was defeated by the British in 1799. The pieces at Powis also include objects brought back by Edward Clive's father, Robert Clive, known as 'Clive of India'.

[©NTPL/Andrew Butler]

Today, Brigitte Singh's Mughal-inspired cotton block print Poppy on White is available through Aleta Bartel-Orton.

Lulu DK's Moondance curtains give the bedroom above a contemporary global-chic feel. 

[©Michael S. Smith Houses by Michael Smith and Christine Pittel, Rizzoli New York, 2008. ]

And Michael Smith offers Moghul Panel as part of his Jasper line.

[©NTPL/Erik Pelham]

Not surprisingly, Tipu, the Sultan of Mysore, had opulent taste. Above are his slippers. At Powis, the objects are displayed in cases created in the late 1980s and inspired by the Anglo-Indian style of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

[©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel]

Related past post: Indian Florals.

21 comments:

The Peak of Chic said...

The chintz tent is one of the most stunning things I've seen in a while!

Tara Dillard said...

Touring Powis Castle a docent said Prince Charles had recently stayed in the particular room we were viewing.

Oh my gosh. He must have zero allergy or sinus problems. Rugs, fabrics, paintings, heaps & heaps & heaps, all ancient, in the tiny bedroom.

The gardens at Powis Castle are stunning.

Loved seeing your pics.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

My Owl Barn said...

You have such a lovely blog. I love all the pictures on your blog and the tent shown above is stunning!

Pigtown-Design said...

BEEN THERE! It's amazing.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Fantastic! That is the kind of tent I have been dreaming of setting up in the adjoining meadow for dinner parties.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I would love to visit Powis Castle and see that room! Always love Aleta's fabrics.

cjsullivan133 said...

Now I will have to read my history and find out if Powis Castle has any correlation to Powis Square in London. This style became very chic in the late 60's when the movie Performance came out with James Fox and Anita Pallenberg. I love it. I will have to visit here next time my husband and I are in Liverpool and can get away on a day trip to Wales.
We live in California. I have always been inspired by these tents. You can see where perhaps William Morris was inspired for his wallpapers. Lovely.

Karena said...

What a fabulous place to see! Stunning textures and rich color.

Karena

cynthia - thedailybasics.com said...

That Poppy on White is extraordinary - what a great post, love your choices and what a great lesson of the impact of India's graphics in Western design. Thanks much!

katiedid said...

I love these Indian motifs on fabrics. Thanks Courtney!

Gramercy Home - Atlanta said...

I agree - the chintz tent is amazing. I always appreciate your "global" view. Thanks for keeping us educated!

CDS said...

One word. Lovely.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Wonderful! Loved every element.

Hill Country House Girl said...

Love these prints.The panels are to die for, and Poppy on White is divine. As another said before, you can certainly see inspiration for William Morris - I wonder?

urban flea said...

wow, i'm really loving these pattens and images! super vibrant and quite inspiring. thanks so much for sharing, and i hope you're having a wonderful week my dear!

xo urban flea
http://www.urbanfleadesign.net

Style Court said...

Hi everyone!

So happy you all appreciated the connections between old and new. As always, thanks for stopping by.

Cheers,
Courtney

little augury said...

Love the tented room- and what an original! all the examples are beautiful,especially the MS one. Always brings the Renzo Mongiardino rooms to mind. Thanks for getting these to us to see Courtney.

home before dark said...

I have always loved tented rooms. I think it is a throwback to when we used to make tented rooms on our mothers' clotheslines for outdoor slumber parties. We'd work all day building out tent with all of the blankets and quilts we could pilfer from our mothers and used bags of clothespins to hang our wonders. Strange as hard as we worked and looked forward to each tent party we were never ever able to spend the whole night "in the wild." My rooms are not tall enough for tents,but I do "tent" doorways just for the pleasure of watching how the fabric falls.

The Muddy Dog said...

Wow, that tent is amazing, but I am most taken by those slippers! Love your blog, Courtney!

redbrickbuilding said...

I love Indian chintz but before now didn't know what it was called. Thanks for writing such an informative post.

Anonymous said...

Very Interesting!
Thank You!