Hermitage Birds B fabric

Hermitage Birds B fabric

Hermitage Birds was the starting point for the Hermitage collection. This design was my interruption of hand painted 1740’s Chinese wallpaper panels found in a bedroom of a house called The Hermitage. This house is so near to Hexham and right on the banks of the Tyne but it is totally hidden away and you would never know where it was unless it was pointed out to you. Jane my friend who owned house had rented The Hermitage to a family who had lived in it for 100 years, they had kept everything and the house was literally a time warp when the last member died. The local auctioneers were rubbing their hands when they saw how stuff was going to be sold which had not seen the light of day for decades! Jane was going to sell the house and she asked me to try and create a representation of the Chinese paper. At first I thought there was no way I could do it and I was very apprehensive. I thought I would give it a go and went to take lots of photos, I managed after many hours of hand painting on my MAC to produce the finished design. I have tried to use the true colours of the original paper but I changed the background colour. It was a hard job and very time consuming but I was so pleased with the results, originally the handmade paper had a massive pattern repeat of 2m x 2m, I managed to reduce this down to 52cm x 1.3m which is still quite big but this is what makes it stand out.

How to buy

Collection -The Hermitage
Name - Hermitage Birds B
Composition - 100% cotton panama 309g/m2
Print width after pattern matching - 148cm
Pattern repe
at - 1.31m
Care instructions - Dry Clean
Origin - UK
Designer - Charlotte Gaisford
(available in 0.5m increments)
minimum order - 1m
Lead time - 7 to 10 days from payment date.
Suitability - Suitable for all kinds of soft furnishings, light upholstery and curtains

How to buy my fabric

You can buy via a stockist or direct from Charlotte Gaisford

We do have a list of stockists around the UK who will be able to sell you fabrics and wallpapers direct. 

Please note quite a few of them are interiors designers and they might not mention they sell interiors fabrics so you do need to email or ring them and they will be able to help you. 

Our trade accounts are limited so it is better to go through a stockist, We do get contacted by smaller soft furnishing companies on behalf of their clients but we can’t always open trade accounts because we have a strict application process.

Direct from Charlotte Gaisford
If you do not want to deal direct with a stockist or you do not live near a stockist it is possible to buy direct from Charlotte Gaisford just send us an email with what you would like to buy and we can give you a quote or email you an invoice. 

How long before I get my fabric and wallpaper
All the fabric and wallpaper is printed to order, we do not hold any stock.
The fabric takes about 7-10 days to get back from the printers, we check it and then send it 24 hour courier to you or your curtain maker.
The wallpaper can take 7-10 days, it depends how busy the printers are. The lead times can be longer if the printers are busy, this is usually in the Autumn.

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We would love to hear about your project and we can send you 6  samples plus a 28 page brochure which shows the whole range. 

We have often been targeted by crafting/student groups who search for free fabric and wallpaper samples for their projects, we can usually tell who these people are so we don’t send them the samples. 

It is our policy that we never charge for samples and our brochure.

If you have a serious project You can request more samples once you have received the brochure. 

To request samples please email us with a list and give us your address and we can send asap.


If you would like some inspiration on how you can use Charlotte Gaisford fabrics within your decorating scheme please look at the online book Charlotte Gaisford has created

The Little book of room schemes

You are welcome to download and share the book

We have started a section on the website which shows you what fabrics go together, we have added some of the popular ones but we will keep adding to this section

What goes with what

Read an article I wrote about how I decorate for Homes and Garden magazine
Homes and Garden January 2021 

How to mix patterns in a room