While traveling through Rajasthan, India, Paris-based designer Bruno Lamy was introduced to the age-old technique of hand-block printing, an art form passed from generation to generation. Impressed and inspired by the unique beauty of hand-made textiles using this technique, Mr. Lamy returned to Paris and began creating a visually-enticing array of Provencal-inspired linens that has become known as Couleur Nature. Sold throughout Europe and North America, Couleur Nature quickly became a must for enthusiasts of entertaining and great design.
The art of hand-block printing is an intricate and extensive process with over 100 studied movements. In Jaipur, India, local craftsmen, who have preserved this ancient tradition for centuries, use hand-carved teakwood blocks to carefully apply layers of rich shades of dye reflecting the myriad of colors found in nature. Once all of the colors have been applied, the fabric is cut and stitched accordingly. Inherent to this artisan process, tones and finish vary, thereby guaranteeing a unique and beautiful collection of linens.
Mr. Lamy has been designing textiles for over two decades and is continually inspired by the response to his work. His style has been used on countless French tablecloths, tea towels and table runners. As a result of their high demand, two new prints are introduced each season in a variety of hues and are interchangeable with previously introduced patterns.
“I am thrilled to share my discovery of this rich tradition with all of Europe and North America and hope you will enjoy the beauty and quality that is Couleur Nature.” — Bruno Lamy