One strong trend in home fabrics is for large-scale, geometric patterns in vivid hues – a vogue that textiles brand Korla exemplifies. Sold via its e-commerce site, its upholstery fabrics – also available as made-to-measure curtains and blinds as well as lampshades – feel predominantly exotic. But their aesthetic, also inspired by architecture, isn’t merely about style; it has authentically international roots. Korla was co-founded in 2011 by its globetrotting, British-born creative director Jane Bonsor and US-born executive director Ted Utoft, who met in Singapore. Today, Korla has offices there and in London.
“Korla is named after a town in China on the Silk Road. This link to the ancient textiles trade resonated with our team,” explains Bonsor, formerly owner of womenswear label Pocket Venus, whose customers included actress Rosamund Pike and Kate Middleton. The label shares a few prints with Pocket Venus and they channel the bold, travel-inspired, geometric fabrics of David Hicks, interior decorator to the 1970s jet set – a major influence on today’s trend for oversized prints.
Korla’s hand-screen-printed cotton or cotton-linen-mix fabrics include Bhutan, inspired by latticework seen in the Himalayan kingdom (on bed in second picture), and Alhambra Stars, a homage to wooden screens at the Spanish palace and the Missoni-esque Zig Zag, which alludes to Iznik tiles in Istanbul (all £39.05 per m). Another fabric, Phoenix, is inspired by a hand-painted, child’s kimono found at a market in Tokyo (£42.18 per m). The lampshades, in three sizes, are priced from £79.80 (fourth picture); and a 100cm by 150cm blind costs from £240.52 (first and third picture).
Korla advocates mixing its gutsy prints with gusto. A section of its website called “Mykorla” invites visitors to drag its designs onto different elements of a virtual room to create a personalised look. “Gone are the days of interiors limited to one pattern,” it proclaims with panache. This isn’t a philosophy for the faint-hearted, but it’s a pattern others are eager to follow.