Fabrics, Walls & Floors
GP & J Baker
Designing exquisite fabrics and wallcoverings, inspired by the archive

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

This extensive archive still inspires many of the authentic fabrics and wallcoverings in the collections today. Some have been in production for 50 to 100 years, each reiteration adding another layer to their considerable charm. Signature prints, weaves and embroideries sit alongside beautiful silks, elegant linens and gorgeous textures – all designed to be timeless and suitable for both traditional and contemporary interiors.

 

‘We’re always challenging ourselves and innovating to maintain our individuality,’ says Managing and Creative Director of GP & J Baker, Ann Grafton, ‘yet while we embrace the latest technological advances, we are extremely appreciative of artisanal craftsmanship, which in our case dates back hundreds of years. For some collections we still employ the centuries-old technique of hand block printing. The result is the thrilling and extraordinary diversity of our GP & J Baker collections.’

 

GP & J Baker enjoys an international reputation for supplying creative solutions to interior designers for domestic, hospitality and contract projects including luxury boutique hotels, spas and restaurants through to cruise ships and luxury yachts. A holder of the Royal Warrant since 1982, it takes pride in providing a personal, tailored service which supports the design process.

 

 

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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