When two young entrepreneurial brothers, George Percival and James Baker, started importing Persian, Turkish and Turkoman carpets and re-exporting them to France and the US in 1884, GP & J Baker was born. Gradually the brothers started producing prints and weaves, their designs influenced by George Percival’s admiration for Indian and East Asian art.
In the late 1800s GP & J Baker bought the renowned Swaisland Fabric Printing Company in south east London, acquiring most of its printing blocks and a collection of pattern books dating back more than a century. A few years later, George Percival added 400 antique block prints from Paris’s Holzach studio, followed by a further 250 rare Indian printed cottons.
The brothers were adventurous travellers and became avid collectors of rare designs. Over the years they built up one of the largest and most diverse privately owned textiles archives in the world, including hand painted Chinese wallpapers, rare 17th-century Italian and Turkish velvets, Indienne prints, Indonesian batiks, 500-year-old Peruvian textiles and Art Nouveau paintings.
The brothers were adventurous travellers and became avid collectors of rare designs. Over the years they built up one of the largest and most diverse privately owned textiles archives in the world
Recent projects include the supply of outdoor performance fabrics for the garden area at The Ivy on the King’s Road in Chelsea, supplying decorative fabrics for the new bar in The Pig hotel at Madehurst, and working with the design team of the Four Seasons in Hampshire on its suites and rooms. It was also commissioned by Anouska Hempel to produce bespoke velvet fabric for the Monsieur George hotel in Paris.
In addition, GP & J Baker has developed a useful virtual pattern book library, hosted on its website, which contains in-stock fabrics and wallcoverings curated by colour, as well as new products that can be accessed 24/7 – another way in which the company aims to assist clients in creating stylish and comfortable spaces.
With showrooms in Paris and London’s Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, GP & J Baker’s declared philosophy is to lead the way in textile elegance, creating beautiful products to meet its global customers’ desires and offering a comprehensive resource for the design community
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