GP & J Baker through the years…

Timeline of development for GP & J Baker:


Baker brothers

Initially interested in the carpet industry, brothers George Percival and James Baker, were working to import Persian, Turkish and Turkoman carpets. These were then re-exported to Paris and the US. As the company gradually progressed to textile production, George Percival’s respect for Oriental Art influenced many of GP & J Baker’s early printed designs – many of which were copied from their imported embroideries and carpet patterns.


9 years after their establishment, GP & J Baker were employing some of the leading Arts and Crafts designers of that time, meanwhile they also had an in-house studio led by W.J. Thomas where the development of designs from their extensive archive began.Archive


workers using wood printing blocks applying textile inks

Having many of GP & J Baker designs been in production for 50-100 years, each design re-issue adds another layer of history to their considerable charm. More recently, some designs have been translated into woven fabrics, embroideries and even wallpapers. One such design is ‘Pumpkins’ – originally created as ‘Aspidistra’ for a block printed tablecover by C.F.A Voysey, around 1895. pumpkins&aspidistraLater in 1898 the design was woven as a muslin by Alexander Morton & Co, already been printed as a cotton velveteen. Primitively printed in 8 blocks, 1902 saw an extra block added when it was re-christened ‘Pumpkins’.pumpkins chair


Keen to build the business, George Percival constantly added to the archive, even making a sizeable purchase of over 400 antique block prints from Holzach studio in Paris. The company saw many of its most popular designs printed in the early 1900’s with naturalistic drawn English garden flowers becoming a part of GP & J Baker’s eternal style. George Percival Baker’s passion for horticulture not only prevailed in the company’s designs, his enthusiasm led the Baker brother to become a well known figure within the Royal Horticulture Society.


imperial pheasant

First produced in 1915, this pattern – ‘Imperial Pheasant’ – is a design from Sidney G Mawson for a GP & J Baker hand-block print, originally requiring 72 blocks to print. Known for his dense compositions of naturalistic flowers in bright colours, Mason was an important Arts & Crafts designer at the time. For this pattern, the Arts & Crafts designer selected birds and flowers in order o portray contrasting aspects of love and nature. High demand for ‘Imperial Pheasant’ eventually led to a total eight different colourways being developed.


By this time, George Percival had collected approximately an impressive 250 rare Indian printed cottons.


ferns designsferns designs

GP & J Baker’s iconic ‘Ferns Design’ was purchased from Joseph M Doran for 12 Guineas in the January of 1935. Based on published botanical drawings recording plants growing within a ten mile radius of London, the famous ‘Ferns’ pattern started as a simple drawing itself. Following this, GP & J Baker first produced the design as a chintz, since it has been in production in many other forms.ferns chair


The design ‘Alsace’, which was adapted from a block printed delaine in the 1840’s archive, reached production in 1959. This beautiful pattern was then printed in 13 colours using 54 blocks – this was the next to last design produced using hand-block printing due to the high expense of the


Screen printed version of the ‘Alsace’ design was introduced to make the design more accessible. The 1960’s and 70’s saw many designs being recreated as screen prints as this became the more popular technique.


gpj royal warrant

GP & J Baker was honoured to become the proud holder of Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Warrant in recognition of the supply of GP & J Baker fabrics and wallcoverings to the Royal household.


GP & J Baker showroom

GP & J Baker continue to work with artisans to produce hand block prints.  It also holds the largest and most comprehensive showroom in the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre. The company also has an impressive second showroom in ” Design Street ” of Paris, Rue de Mail. Continuing to grow it’s reputation as one of the world’s innovators of fabric design and colour, GP & J Baker are developing their own traditional style and unique ‘handwriting’. Due to the status as holder of the Royal Warrant, GP & J Baker fabrics maintain their place in Royal residences throughout the UK.

See GP & J Baker’s facebook page for more history, or keep an eye out for our next blog post!

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Forecourt Facelift – Wednesday 26th September 2018

On Wednesday 26th September we are having our forecourt resurfaced and therefore there will be no parking on the front that day. We have arranged parking in the Toby Carvery just down the road for that day. You do not need to register your registration with the pub, we have arranged it so you can park freely for the 26th September.

If you would like more information give us a call on 02085047925



The return of retro…

As we start to think about decorating our homes for Autumn, why not consider some of these trendy colours.


As Pantone’s colour of the year, Ultra-violet is beginning to come into its own. A good option for this blue-based purple is Little Greene’s Thai Sapphire (116). Don’t worry if you are not feeling brave enough for this bold hue, you can use softer purples and lilacs to trickle the trend into your home. Try Farrow & Ball’s Brassica (271) or Calluna (270).


Blush is the colour that doesn’t quit. This pink is a trend that has stuck, but pairing this hue with new accessories and accents can give the space a whole new look! Blush can take many forms, from deep blush to nude tones to sugary pink, so experiment with some sample pots and see which you prefer. Here are some examples: Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster (231), Dead Salmon (28), Pink Ground (202), Mylands Threadneedle (262), Palmerston Pink (243), Bloomsbury (267).


This chic colour teams with blush and ultra-violet beautifully but works equally well alone as an accent colour to neutral interiors . The warm tones of terracotta balance the blue undertones of ultra violet. Farrow & Ball’s Red Earth is great for a light, welcoming terracotta red.


These retro colours are making their comeback and just in time to add some colour and warmth to cool, airy spaces.

Don’t worry if you can’t find a colour you love because Farrow & Ball are launching new colours this September! Join us for our first look event, where you’ll get to see the new colours with Farrow & Ball representative Lindsey Crowley, and have our interior designer team on hand to help pair these with wallpaper and fabric. The event is first come first serve with limited spaces available, so email us at now to avoid disappointment! The event will take place Thursday 20th September 6pm-7pm.