June Moodboard | Western Spirit

Western Spirit witht Border

Fabrics from top left: Skye Check Flax, Arran Blue (Reverse)Suffolk Check S Bluebell, Candy Stripe Indigo, Arran Blue, Organic Ticking Nutmeg, Ascot Stripe 2, Highland Twill, Suffolk Check L Bluebell.

Liven up your home’s look with unique Western inspired décor, using this compelling palette of Ian Mankin fabrics.

Choosing a variety of neutral tones creates a totally serene design, which acts as the perfect backdrop for deep, vibrant and vivid shaded fabrics. Consider also embracing nature-inspired textures in simple and earthy colours to allow the emergence of a theme that pursues a contemporary rustic style, immediately adding a touch of Western character to any design.

Reminiscent of Western culture, ‘Western Spirit’ effortlessly integrates a sense of charm, style and warmth into any home!

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May Moodboard | Monochromatic Chic

Monochromatic Chic

Fabrics from top left: Lining Stripe Black, Dundee Cream, Arran Charcoal, Organic Ticking Night, Kensington White, Odeon 8 Black, Kew Baltic Charcoal, Dundee Charcoal, Campbell Union Black.

Strike a visual balance and create a setting that is perfectly harmonious with ‘Monochromatic Chic’.

Combining complementing and contrasting shades of cream, black and white together does not have to convey a simple look, integrated with different patterned florals and stripes this trend is extremely powerful. Introducing warm natural hues and a dyed herringbone fabric further increases the versatility and manageability when reinventing this scheme, allowing themes of elegant sophistication and aesthetic pleasure to emerge.

Dramatic, bold and eclectic, ‘Monochromatic Chic’ demonstrates the possibilities of bringing a sense of Yin and Yang into any interior!

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April Moodboard | Evergreen Bouquet

Original Spring Greenery

Fabrics from top left: Chelsea Sage, Organic Ticking Nutmeg, Ripon Sage, Organic Ticking Natural, Hopsack Stripe Sage, Candy Stripe Cream, Brompton Sage, Velvet Sage, Arran Sage.

Inspired by Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017 ‘Greenery’, ‘Evergreen Bouquet’ is a quintessential choice for rejuvenating and revitalising the design of any home this spring.

Combining multiple bright and zesty shades of these on-trend green accents instantly modernises any interior, creating an environment that is warm and inviting. Using printed fabrics with neutral painterly stripes evokes a sense of a forest walk, seeking reconnection with nature; while subdued plains and natural striped fabrics are illustrative of flourishing foliage and the fresh outdoors.

Omnipresent and symbolic of new beginnings, ‘Evergreen Bouquet’ is a versatile palette that will reinvigorate any home!

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March Moodboard | Breakfast Hues

Final Image

Fabrics from top left: Ticking Union 25 Plain, Norfolk Stripe Bluebell, Skye Check Oatmeal, Suffolk Check L Cream, Embroidered Union Fern Gold, Campbell Union Gold, Campbell Union Sky, Jura Stripe Natural, Suffolk Check S Bluebell.

Inject a fresh spring flair into your breakfast room to help you enjoy the most important meal of the day, using this collection of classic Ian Mankin fabrics.

Sky blues complement soothing neutrals and stylish tones of warm gold enhance classic shades of cream, allowing you to bring a new lease of life into your kitchen. Coordinating classic and subtle designs with different textural appeals are also essential for creating a peaceful haven with everlasting memories.

Sophisticated and timeless, ‘Breakfast Hues’ is sure to instantly transition your home ready for this spring’s stylish season!

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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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