Happening Now

Sally Campbell Vintage Quilts
5 March 2015
Happening Now

Sally Campbell breathes new life in to vintage fabrics. Patched collages, layer upon layer of running stitches and delicate embroideries on the softest handwoven cottons. Sally's desire is to create beautiful, handcrafted textiles and give them a contemporary edge to suit modern environments. All her quilts and throws are either 'hand-dyed', 'hand-stitched', 'hand-woven' or 'hand block-printed', and often a mix of all these craft techniques. Unlike machine-made products, they fade naturally, and imperfections are part of their beauty, charm and uniqueness. The result is a perfectly imperfect, one-off exquisite throw.

Sally travels to many remote communities, working closely with the artisans. Different areas in India specialise in different crafts - women who create exquisite applique work in the desert near Pakistan, natural dye block printers in Rajasthan, village weavers in Bengal and Hyderabad, and women who do intricate hand embroidery in Lucknow. Like other Western designers working in India, her aim is to keep these ancient crafts alive as we compete with the manic rush to modernisation.

Sally Campbell vintage throws are made from vintage cotton saris. A Krishna devotee from Bengal collects them for Sally all year round. There are at least five saris used to make each throw. Many days are spent sorting the saris into patterns and colours that will each compliment the other for the front and reverse, while some are destined purely as inner padding to give weight and comfort. Then the five layers are stitched together by local village women to create a deliciously soft quilt. Not only are the amazing handcraft skills kept alive, but this practice sustains many, many villagers. And, as anyone who has experienced the chaotic yet humble and beautiful cacophony that is India will understand, co-ordinating all these steps in the making of each throw sounds simple, but actually requires the skills of a master conductor.

(image of Mark & Louella Tuckey's home by Sean Fennessy for The Design Files featuring Sally Campbell vintage quilt on the bed.)

(image of Mark & Louella Tuckey's home by Sean Fennessy for The Design Files featuring Sally Campbell vintage quilt on the bed.)

We have several stunning examples of Sally's vintage quilts instore now. Beautiful in bedrooms or living rooms, each adds that special look and feel to your room that can only be achieved by a one-off unique textile piece. The size of each quilt is approximately 220cm x 150cm.


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