House Call: Tissus Tartares in London by

Issue 39 · London Teatime · September 30, 2011

House Call: Tissus Tartares in London

Issue 39 · London Teatime · September 30, 2011

We recently paid a visit (camera in hand) to Tissus Tartares founder Nathalie Farman-Farma's Chelsea home. Farman-Farma has incorporated her own fabrics throughout, pairing them with a collection of antique furnishings from far-flung places (Iran, Russia, France). Farman-Farma cofounded textiles company Tissus Tartares with her friend Olya Thompson in 2010; the duo produces fabrics featuring what they call a "Eurasian asethetic reflecting the rich and sophisticated interplay between East and West found in Russian, Persian, and Central Asian designs." The saturated colors of the hand-printed fabrics, which are produced in France, and the romantic, eclectic prints evoke another time and place. To see the full line of fabrics, go to Tissus Tartares; in London, the fabrics can be seen (and procured) at Luke Irwin on Pimlico Road.

Photography by Stephane Gripari for Remodelista.

Tissus Tartares, photography by Stephane Gripari

Above: In Farman-Farma's sitting room, a French 18th-century banquette is upholstered in Tissus Tartares' Lermontov print, inspired by kilims. The pillows are made out of old Persian djajims and Hungarian embroidered fabrics.

Tissus Tartares, photography by Stephane Gripari

Above: A Russian icon of St. Maxim the Greek, framed in red velvet, alongside a converted oil lamp.

Tissus Tartares, photography by Stephane Gripari

Above: A tablecloth featuring Tissus Tartares' Toutes les Russies, a Toile de Jouy based on a set of 18th-century engravings depicting the peoples of the Russian empire, including Inuits from the far North and a Tartar khan with an elaborate turban. The bowls are from famed Russian porcelain manufacturer Gardener Factory.

Tissus Tartares, photography by Stephane Gripari

Above: Nineteenth-century Russian trays, made for the Persian market.

Tissus Tartares, photography by Stephane Gripari

Above: An antique Persian tile sits next to The History of Persia by Sir Percy Sykes on the bookshelf in Farman-Farma's study.

Tissus Tartares, photography by Stephane Gripari

Above: On the living room sofa, the cushions are covered in Fleur de Steppes and Natacha. An antique wooden shutter from Iran hangs next to an 18th-century Russian drawing. A collection of painted glasses from Moss in New York sit on a vintage Russian tray.

Tissus Tartares, photography by Stephane Gripari

Above: Farman-Farma collects 19th-century teapots made in Russia for the Persian market.

Tissus Tartares, photography by Stephane Gripari

Above: Framed Russian embroideries hang on a wall that Farman-Farma covered with a vintage Brunschwig & Fils fabric.

Tissus Tartares, photography by Stephane Gripari

Above: A Dutch painting of a pheasant hangs over the mantle.

Tissus Tartares, photography by Stephane Gripari

Above: An antique Russian armchair upholstered in Jar Ptitsa, which is Tissus Tartares' homage to early 20th-century Russian graphic art. A set of wooden Russian figurines dance on the mantel.



Contributions
Have an opinion? Care to comment? We'd love to hear what you have to say.