C F A (Charles Francis Annesley) Voysey (1857-1941) was a contemporary of William Morris in late 19th Century England. Voysey was an architect, furniture and textile designer. Voysey’s early work was wallpaper, fabric and furnishings design in a simple Arts & Crafts style. Later as an architect Voysey designed every detail of his houses including the furniture. His houses were inspired by the 16th century English vernacular which featured roughcast walls, ribbon windows and huge roofs. |
Influenced by the work of Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement, Voysey was concerned with form and function rather than ornamental complexity. He felt simplicity in decoration as essential and often worked in a limited color palette emphasizing outline, eliminating shading, and minimizing detail.
Some of his work was done on commission as designs for Steeles, a branch of the Tomkinson carpet Mill. It is probable this Bellflower pattern was one of several circa 1900 speculative designs for carpets and was not for any specific client. The pattern is quite pleasant and will nicely fill the need for English inspired.
This 100% cotton lace curtain will coordinate perfectly with Colonial Revival, Craftsman Shingle, Elizabethan, Queen Ann and Tudor Revival and other 1870 - 1910 period decor.
There is no exact formula for determining which is the correct measurement of length and width when buying lace curtains. Usually, the decision is based on one of two eras of decor: 19th or 20th century.
In the 19th century, Federal, Greek Revival, Early and mid Victorian and some Colonial Revival, window treatments were “fuller“ with more gathering using a ratio of 1½ to 2 times the window width as the curtain panel width. Our Cherwell, Grecian, Eastlake, Oak & Acorn, Old Colony and Regency panels work best in these instances. Also, it was custom to have the lace panels hang below the window sill, sometimes even pooling onto the floor although baseboard height was most common.
20th century Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Bungalow, Craftsman, mid-Century Modern and Mission window treatments were much ‘flatter‘ with much less gathering using a ratio of 1 to no more than 1 to 1½ times the window width as the curtain panel width. Our Art Deco, Ginkgo Leaf, Glen‘s Edge, Good Hare Day, Hunter Rose, Pine Cone and Prairie Sumac panels work best in these instances. The preferred length for this era is just touching the window sill.
As a rule, American home windows are between 25” and 30” across. Our 47” panels work fine for the fuller gathered look; our 33” panels are best for the flatter less gathered look. We also offer panel shortening (for $10 per panel) for the length you desire; please specify in the Order Comments of Checkout Step #5.
Extra-Long panels are available, please call.
If you are undecided which pattern, width and length will work best for your home, please request a loaner or two. We will send you some previously opened panels for you to try. Please plan on returning the loaners within 30 days.