Seven 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. We bought an old falling down house in the antique part of Ahangama, on the southwest coast and spent a year redesigning, extending and renovating it.
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 antique shops, craft workshops and scrap yards. 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 launched in 2015 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. There are now two mainline collections – one, bright and bold; the other more muted in colour palette – which have been designed to allow you to mix and match pattern and colour to add warmth and life to your 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. 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.
Since our launch three years ago, our product offering has expanded to include loungewear, ceramics, tableware, lighting and furniture. This is just the beginning, and I look forward to sharing more with you as we develop.
Founder of Tallentire House