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The Campbell Collection: Textiles for All Over the Cottage

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The Campbell Collection: Textiles for All Over the Cottage

June 20, 2023

The Campbell Collection is a cottage industry specializing in cushions, quilts, tablecloths, and fabric for cozy quarters. It’s the brainchild of Emma Campbell, who, after studying textile design at Central Saint Martins and Edinburgh College of Art, set out to create a housewares brand that celebrates the handmade. She enlisted her husband, Tim Campbell, who is the sales director of a software company by day, to serve as the company “business brains.” From the couple’s home base in Bath, England, Emma has her hand in all else, and works with skilled artisans in Jaipur and other parts of India.

“Our mission is to help support the livelihoods of craftspeople in India,” she writes. “We hope to have an ongoing positive social impact, creating employment and helping to preserve traditional craft techniques.” The Campbell Collection’s block-printed and embroidered results are just right for summer retreats, but also at home in a range of settings, as Emma, the in-house stylist, playfully demonstrates. Come see.

Photography by Hana Snow, courtesy of The Campbell Collection (@thecampbellcollection).

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Above: A sampling of The Campbell Collection quilts and cushions in a vintage Ambassador sedan overlooking the Amber Fort in Jaipur, home base of Craft Boat, the company that connects Emma to the artisans she works with. The quilts and cushions are hand stitched and embroidered by a women’s collective. Find portraits and bios of the people behind the product here.
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Above: Sanjina cushions are made of hand-embroidered organic cotton and come in two shapes and three colors; £88 and £85. Round Mukesh cushions are organic linen with contrasting “extra fine piping”; £94. The organic linen used here as curtains and a seat cover is Flower Pot, the collection’s “first foray with florals.”

The fabric is block printed using five hand-carved wooden blocks in a meticulous process: “Beginning at one end of the six-meter-long printing table, the first block is dipped into a color and then pressed firmly into the fabric,” explains Emma. “This process is repeated over and over until the other end of the table is reached. Once the fabric is dry enough to handle, another artisan applies the second block atop the first—followed by the third, fourth, and fifth. Flower Pot is our most labor-intensive design.” Fabric swatches are available for a small fee; yardage is block printed to order (go to the website for prices).

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Above: To showcase its latest designs, The Campbell Collection recently took over the treehouse retreat The Quist—see The King of Treehouses on Merry Hill in Herefordshire. The dining banquette and hanging light are cloaked in Old City Small, Morganite Pink, a mid-weight organic linen in palest pink block printed in two shades of green. The companion Old City Linen Tablecloth, Large/Pink is £185.
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Above: The Quist’s kitchen curtain is The Campbell Collection’s new Rattan (here in Vintage Indigo), a block-printed pattern on organic cotton slub inspired by the lattice in a chair.
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Above: Stepwell, Illusion Blue, is block printed in red and pink on pale blue organic linen. Its design references architectural details in Jaipur’s Old City. The pink wood-block print on the wall is Arches; £65: it’s block printed on recycled cotton paper made of surplus from local T-shirt manufacturers.
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Above: The Shivani Quilt in Illusion Blue; £487, is organic cotton dyed by hand to match Emma’s “precise color specifications” (using azo-free, non-toxic dyes). “Once dyed, the panels are cut, pinned, and sewn together, and finally quilted by hand using an age-old embroidery technique called kantha stitching.” The headboard is covered in Old City Small, Illusion Blue organic linen. The Mukesh Round Linen Cushion, Illusion Blue is £94.
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Above: The Sanjina Organic Cotton Cushion in Dream Blue, £88, is hand embroidered and named for the seamstress who is one of the leaders of The Campbell Collection team. The Rani Quilt in Myrtle Green, £428, is held together by cross stitches and framed by kantha stitches. See more of the bedroom in Remodelista Reconnaissance: The Two-For-One Headboard at The Quist.
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Above: Campbell Collection cushions and a sink curtain of Flower Pot linen in Spice Route.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the Campbell Collection?

The Campbell Collection is a line of handmade quilts, cushions, tablecloths, and fabric that are crafted in India.

Where are the Campbell Collection products made?

All Campbell Collection products are made in India.

What materials are used to make the Campbell Collection products?

The Campbell Collection products are made using high-quality fabrics, including cotton and linen.

Who makes the Campbell Collection products?

The Campbell Collection products are handmade by skilled artisans in India.

Are the Campbell Collection products ethically made?

Yes, the Campbell Collection products are ethically made. The brand ensures fair wages and safe working conditions for its artisans.

Can I purchase Campbell Collection products online?

Yes, you can purchase Campbell Collection products online through their website or select online retailers.

Do the Campbell Collection products offer customization options?

Yes, some Campbell Collection products offer customization options, allowing you to choose specific colors or patterns.

What sizes are available for the Campbell Collection quilts?

The Campbell Collection quilts come in various sizes, including twin, queen, and king.

Are the Campbell Collection products machine-washable?

Most Campbell Collection products are machine-washable. However, it's recommended to check individual care instructions for specific products.

Does the Campbell Collection offer international shipping?

Yes, the Campbell Collection offers international shipping to select countries. Shipping costs and availability may vary.

What makes the Campbell Collection products unique?

The Campbell Collection products are known for their traditional Indian craftsmanship, vibrant colors, and distinctive patterns, making each item unique and one-of-a-kind.

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