Set The Table
Dahlia Jewel Tablecloth
This was the first dinner party in our newly renovated home... May it be the first of many! As you might see in the photos, the arches only have undercoat and the rattan lampshade has no light bulb. A few of the long list of snags on our house!
My drawings for this new block printed tablecloth were based on the Jowey Winnie dahlia with its spiral arrangement of petals and intricate ball shape. As for the colours, I wanted to try a deep autumnal palette: a ruby and coral with ochre yellow.
These outlines were then cut into wooden blocks for printing from teak. Block printing is a heritage craft dating back at least 300 years and I'm so lucky to be able to work with some of the most skilled artisans in Jaipur.
A classic off-white tablecloth with vibrant dahlia flowers in berry, coral and amber falling through its length. Rosanna drew this design based on those she grew on her terrace in Jaipur as well as the Jowey Winnie pom pom dahlia that she loves to arrange in the autumn back in London.
Block prints are usually regular and symmetrical in design but this tablecloth is unique with a naturalistic layout of flowers placed at random. Rosanna spent many happy hours with the highly skilled blockprinters perfecting this layout for her first design and is delighted to bring it back for the second collection.
Tablecloths are shipped in specially printed dahlia drawstring bags made from excess fabric.
Due to this piece’s print layout, no two tablecloths are the same.
Pictured: 180cm x 350cm (table is 92cm x 220cm)
Sold in two sizes:
170cm x 270cm
180cm x 350cm
Machine wash cold on a gentle cycle. Do not bleach. For air drying, please avoid direct sunlight. To tumble drying, please use a low heat. The product can be ironed on a low setting and dry cleaned.Full care guidelines here.
100% Indian cotton
For me, autumn (or fall) is synonymous with dahlias. From pom pom to dinner plate breeds, they feel like the last joyful breath of flowers before winter. I used to bake the cakes for my friend Jack Wallington's biannual NGS Open Gardens at his house in Clapham, renowned for its dahlias. I would even create a towering Victoria Sponge covered in dahlias. Together with his partner Chris, we raised over £4k for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie.
The design is stamped by hand onto Indian cotton using the ancient technique of block printing, for which Jaipur is famed. It is a craft that has been handed down from generation to generation. No two napkins will be quite the same due to the hand-technique used.
Sold as a pair. The price stated is for 2 napkins.
Napkin size: 43cm x 43cm
Machine wash cold on a gentle cycle. Do not bleach. For air drying, please avoid direct sunlight. To tumble drying, please use a low heat. The product can be ironed on a low setting and dry cleaned. Full care guidelines here.
100% Indian cotton
For the tablescape flowers, it had to be dahlias! I used the Sunset Serenade bouquet from Wild At Heart and a few extra dahlias from a local grower. We still haven't 'curated' our shelves on the ground floor so I embraced the fact they were empty and filled them with flowers and candles.
The plates are from my favourite shop in London: Bonadea. A treasure trove of all things tablescape! I love the way the cinnamon charger plates are a beautiful neutral against the colour of the flowers. I tied the cutlery with raspberry velvet ribbon, lit the candles and mixed some St~Germain Hugo Spritzes. I'll be enclosing one of my velvet bows as a gift with first orders of the tablecloth.
I wanted a delicious autumnal pudding that I could prepare ahead... This blackberry tart recipe from Wild By Tart is so easy. The base is made of almonds and dark chocolate Hobnob biscuits; the perfect mix of sweet and salty flavours. The slow-cooked tagine recipe is an old favourite and perfect with any seasonal vegetables.
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The new Dahlia Jewel block printed table linens.
A poolside breakfast at Deeppura Garh hotel, styled with block printed green table linens.
Scenting a festive dining table with Jo Malone London.
Highlights from the festive entertaining masterclasses in Belgravia, London.
A pop-up on Elizabeth Street in Belgravia with two masterclasses in aid of non-profit Vimukti Sanstha in Jaipur.