February Moodboard | Classic Beauty

Classic Beauty Without Border

Fabrics and wallpapers from top left: Wildflower Charcoal, Putney Pink, Ticking 01 Grey Wallpaper, Putney Charcoal, Organic Ticking Rose, Chelsea Plum, Kew Pink, Carlton Grey, Suffolk Check S GreyCampbell Union Pink.

Beat the winter blues with this elegant selection of Ian Mankin fabrics that infuse a touch of ‘Classic Beauty’ into your home.

Pinks create key focal points, while subtle grey tones introduce a relaxed vibe, providing the perfect backdrop for more lavish accents. Using different textures and designs in these contrasting shades is also a fabulous way to create a space that is chic and striking.

 Ultimately, ‘Classic Beauty’ provides the perfect colour palette to modernise any living space!

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January Moodboard | Denim Drift


Fabrics from top left: Gisburn Dark Navy, Arran Blue, Ticking 01 Navy, Campbell Union Silver, Panama 2 Indigo/Sky, Ticking 2 Navy, Campbell Union Indigo, Chelsea Grey, Ticking 01 Sky.

Enter the New Year in style with Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2017 ‘Denim Drift’, using our fresh selection of Ian Mankin blues.

Introduce hushed tones of denim, rich shades of navy and a range of different textures to add an instant visual impact to any room. Consider accompanying this palette with plain greys, nautical shades and ticking stripes to create a peaceful ambience and paired back look throughout your home.

Truly adaptable, ‘Denim Drift’ is an on-trend, timeless and versatile colourway that blends beautifully with any style of décor!

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December Moodboard | Timeless Yuletide


Fabrics from top left: Newbury Hopsack Natural, Haworth Sage, Beverley Grey, Ticking 01 Silver, Campbell Union Peony, Campbell Union Ivory, Worthing Stripe Sage, Chelsea Sage, Ripon Burgundy.

Deck your halls with a classic Christmas look this holiday season by introducing these charming array of fabrics into your home. Often seen as the traditional colours of the festive period, we have brought together rich shades of peony, burgundy and sage to add that splash of Christmas magic.

Coordinate our Worthing Stripe Sage fabric with plain fabrics from our Ian Mankin collections to create a unique look this season. Also consider pairing our Beverley Grey and Haworth Sage from our Ashfield collection to add a touch of cosiness to this scheme.

‘Timeless Yuletide’ provides a traditional Christmas statement whilst still retaining a timeless feel, that you know you can trust will look great in any home.

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November Moodboard | Alpine Retreat



Fabrics from top left: Wildflower Union Jacquard, Velvet Peony, Linton Burgundy, Linen 25 Ivory, Harvest Stripe 6, Campbell Union Sand, Organic Pavilion, Carlton Mulberry.

Bring the festivities and rustic charm of a winter getaway into your living space with these specially selected fabrics. This winter consider co-ordinating our luxurious Velvet Peony and our new collection of Ashfield wools, with our natural linen blends from across the Ian Mankin range. Reminiscent of Christmas, ‘Alpine Retreat’ demonstrates how you can create a sense of cosiness and warmth in your home, ready for the upcoming holiday season.

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MD David Collinge on Interior Design Trends for 2016 (Daily Mail)

TREND 9: Fresh nauticals

David Collinge, managing director of Ian Mankin fabrics says: ‘This year nautical and coastal schemes should be relaxed and informal, giving the impression of salty air and sandy feet – even if you live in the city.
‘Avoid obvious nautical motifs and instead use pattern and colour to create a seaside feel that works equally well in country, urban or coastal homes.
‘Simple, unassuming and elegant, utilitarian fabrics such as linens and ticking are essential coastal style components.
‘Consider a thin ticking stripe as a neutral and match with a stripe of a different scale and density. Using patterns within the same colour family is an easy way to mix and match, creating interest whilst maintaining a relaxed, subtle look.
‘Stripes also look great mixed in with gingham as well as larger checks and florals.
‘For a fresh take on nautical style, add a pop of red to blue schemes, or consider a palette of greys for a more contemporary take on the look.
‘Look out for alternatives to the usual nautical-style accessories and furniture. Reclaimed wood introduces texture and interest and is less obvious than driftwood, while touches of sea grass, rattan and jute reference the coast without being as clichéd as rope.’

Ian Mankin Norfolk Stripe & Ticking 2 fabrics

Ian Mankin Norfolk Stripe & Ticking 2 fabrics

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Alys Bryan’s Story ~ our Fabric Design Winner’s Own Guest Blog

Written by Alys Bryan 


On the way home from a cycling trip with friends I received a call from Megan Collinge to tell me that I was the winner of Ian Mankin’s Fabric Competition 2015, I was absolutely thrilled!


I developed my design for Formation by considering many of the current and emerging trends I had seen in my work as a furniture designer. Formation was the first pattern for fabric I had designed so receiving Megan’s call was a huge surprise, of course we immediately brought Prosecco to celebrate with our friends.



Part of my prize was to visit the Ian Mankin factory (there is nothing more inspirational than seeing high quality UK manufacturing in person) and to meet their excellent design team. Director Megan welcomed me warmly and introduced me to the Ian Mankin team, we were quickly joined by Managing Director David Collinge who showed me around the factory, starting with warping over 2000 threads.




Ian Mankin fabrics are predominantly produced using dobby looms, David explained the limitations of this process and how Ian Mankin push for creative designs which show perfection in every detail, he used the points of their herringbone designs as an example. Below shows the complexity of threading the warp onto the dobby loom.



From my experience I know that not every manufacturing process is faultless, I suspected that when handling over 2000 threads in the warp alone breaking threads must be a problem. David explained the instant feedback triggers on the machines which halt production to enable efficient repair. He also showed me the difference between a standard and a weavers knot.





We continued through the factory to see the looms in action, the weft being threaded and handed from left to right through the warp. I particularly enjoyed learning that the space created between the warp threads, enabling the weft to pass through, is known as the ‘shed’. The weft passes through the shed at great speed, 424 times a minute.





Of course I was keen to see Formation on the loom, actually in production! Formation is produced on Ian Mankin’s latest purchase, a pair of jacquard looms. This process offers enormous opportunity for the development of complex patterns, Ian Mankin Designer, Deborah, took me through the digital design process and the refinement they had completed (thank you) to my pattern in order to make it ready to weave.




The versatility of the jacquard loom allows me to select not only the colour of the fabric I receive as my prize but also the fabric weight and the pattern scale. Perhaps I will select a smaller scale, thicker fabric for the re-upholstery of my lounge chairs and a lighter weight, larger scale for curtains but the choice is endless. What would you suggest?


Read more of Alys’ blog posts on her website here http://www.oliveliving.co.uk/ or follow her on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Olive-Living/214022175319542 ‘


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Alys Bryan’s Story – print or weave ??


Fabric designers don’t always have the choice of whether to print or weave their fabrics.

Printed fabrics are of course all printed on some form of woven fabric ~ usually a plain linen or cotton weave, sometimes a more complex weave such as a twill or half panama is used to create depth (we will be writing a separate blog all about the different weaves we use later).  We weave all sorts of textiles including high quality fabric used by some famous fabric designers for their prints as well of course by ourselves for our printed fabric range.

Ian Mankin Kew Baltic Navy ~ printed fabric

We could easily have printed Alys Bryan’s Formation ~ why didn’t we??

We love our printed fabrics – the graded images and the diversity of design in our Mono Range for example has been so popular we have frequent re-runs to keep up with demand.

But we are also the last remaining cotton mill in Burnley and have been at the forefront of British designed and manufactured woven textiles for over 30 years. A woven fabric is like an original painting, it has an intrinsic value, the yarn itself is woven to create the pattern like oils mixed in a masterpiece.  Woven fabrics have a special feel to them, they handle differently and have an integrity about them ~ the only choice really for serious designer textiles!  Most woven fabrics are reversible and with some clever weaving this means that you get two fabrics for the price of one!

Look closely at this picture ~ can you see the herringbone weave in our Empire 1 fabric between and in the stripes? Did you notice that the herringbone points fall in the centre of each stripe? It’s that attention to detail that’s really important to us.

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Ian Mankin Empire 1 Navy Woven Fabric

With today’s advanced technology we can also weave very intricate patterns on our looms varying from polka dots and waves to butterfly gardens and swallows!!

Once the looms are ready to weave there is nothing as rewarding as seeing the fabric coming off the loom ~ it’s like watching an artist.

Alice’s swallows were crying out to be woven into a beautiful drape or upholstery fabric but we also had plans for some reversible woven cotton throws.  Watch this video to see the first Formation trial run:


In the next blog we’ll be looking at some of the other competition entries ~ if you entered look out for yours!!!

Also coming up:

Alys Bryan visits the Ian Mankin weaving mill in Burnley to see her fabric coming off the loom!

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Alys Bryan’s Story – Colours for the Winning Fabric Design

Alys Bryan was the winner of our 2015 Fabric Design Competition – we loved the idea of using a dark navy for the swallows in Alys’ ‘Formation’ fabric ~ and then we introduced some more blues and naturals…

Swallow Blues

Swallow Blues

On a roll (sorry), we got stuck in to some serious photoshop playtime and came up with the idea of alternating the colour of the background rows:

Alternate coloured backgrounds

Alternate coloured backgrounds

But then decided we should stick with alternating the colours of the rows of swallows which gave some great movement to the pattern!!

Alternate coloured swallows

Alternate coloured swallows

Someone started looking at reds … a whole new world!!

Red Swallows !

Red Swallows !

And so we decided to come back to the drawing board later!!

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Alys Bryan’s Story


This year we thought it would be fun to show our Ian Mankin fans the design and manufacturing side of our business and get people involved in the making of fabric, so in January 2015 we launched our first Fabric Design Competition.

We were happy to weave or print 50 metres of the winning design but little did we realise how many entries we would get – it was wonderful!

Entries came in from all over the UK – from design students to interior designers, interiors writers to amateur and professional artists.

Checks, stripes, florals, geometrics – all shapes and colours.  Some entries were scarily professional obviously done on a computer – others just drawn simply on paper and snapped with an iPhone!

And here is the winner!

Formation by Alys Bryan


Alys Bryan Swallows Ian Mankin 2015-2

In the next blog we’ll show you what happened next!

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