Tallentire house is my latest adventure. Four years ago I came to Sri Lanka on holiday with my family and immediately fell in love with the island; the people, the culture, the beaches, the pace of life. To cut a long story short we bought an old falling down house in the antique part of Ahangama. Over the next year I redesigned the house and it was renovated and extended. When it came to furnishing the house I delighted in the antique furniture, brass pots, old floor tiles available to buy and spent hours rummaging around the various antique shops. I was amazed however to find that the selection of fabrics and home textiles available was extremely limited and somewhat uninspiring. Tallentire House is a direct response to that real need for good quality designer fabrics at affordable prices here in Sri Lanka.
Tallentire House has launched with a collection of 100% cotton fabrics: twills, voiles and canvas – sold both by the metre and made up into a fantastic array of products for the home.
The fabrics are all designed by me and then screen printed in India before being shipped over to Sri Lanka. Everything is then stitched here by a talented group of local female tailors working from home.
This first collection is bright and bold. Clean, simple designs in a vibrant color palette designed to allow you to mix and match pattern and color to add warmth and life to your home.
But this is just the beginning. I have lots of plans… I have always wanted to live in close proximity to my production in order to develop products and designs more efficiently and in a more organic way.