In focus: Our picks from Clarke & Clarke - the Prince of Persia collection
Inspired by the delights of Middle Eastern design and culture, the Prince of Persia collection from Clarke & Clarke is the result of extensive research and months of development. Featuring grounding plains, small-scale geometric prints and illustrative designs, and incorporating soft tones of sand, opulent metallics and the blues of the Arabian sea, it’s a fantastic way to bring a touch of the exotic to your interior. Because the colourways available are so perfectly balanced, we see this working beautifully in a bedroom or lounge, but it could just as easily translate to a luxurious dressing room or cosy snug.
The focal point of the collection are the two exquisite scenic illustrations, Sahara and Marrakesh, each one drawn and hand-painted before being transformed into a repeating print. The first depicts the rolling sand dunes of a desert scene, with marching cattle, strutting peacocks and the Prince himself. This large-scale print has a flow and subtlety to it that makes it perfect for larger features, such as long drapes, wall hangings or bedspreads, while Marrakesh is ‘busier’ in the best possible way; transporting you to the bustling streets and teeming souks of the Moroccan city with its fabulous architectural pattern, printed on 100% cotton.
Supporting these two flagship prints are a collection of smaller geometrics, as well as a regal stripe and Majorelle, a stunning botanical. Available as a neutral cotton or a decadent velvet in deep charcoal or midnight tones, it’s the perfect choice for upholstery and scatter cushions, and adds real life and movement to the collection. Complementing the collection’s illustrative elements, the Ziba stripe is inspired by palace interiors, while Soroya’s eye design and Zellige’s sunburst scallops are perfect examples of traditional Maroq prints, the latter inspired by the country’s famous artisanal tiles.
This collection is the perfect example of how interior design doesn’t have to be ostentatious to be luxurious – it allows the high-quality, pure cotton weaves and exquisite designs to speak for themselves, highlighting with just enough shimmer to add interest and glamour.
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