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Launching at Decorex – Wallcovering!


The Design Archives is launching its paper backed fabric collection at Decorex this September.

The vibrant Tree of Life Turquoise paper-backed fabric makes a fantastic wall covering.  Be bold and pair it with curtains in Milano stripe.  WOW!

Fabric walling creates a luxurious effect and provide a finish to a room that paints and papers can never achieve.  Fabric offers versatility in the use of patterns and different textures that will enhance a design scheme in everything from a formal room to a small cloakroom. It also offers sound absorbing and insulating qualities.

As an alternative to battening, fabric can be paper backed which is applied with specialist adhesive to any vertical surface.  The Design Archives has now created a paper backed range of its iconic designs.

“Our bold and colourful designs look stunning on walls,” says Sharon Crowson, founder of The Design Archives. “We have papered a huge space for a client in Switzerland in our graceful Grosvenor design and it looks fabulous!”

The Design Archives was established in 2016 by Sharon who has over thirty years experience working in the textile industry, primarily with Crowson Fabrics, at one time the largest fabric company in Europe. She inherited a vast archive of heritage designs, some dating back to 17c.  She selected some of the most vibrant hand-painted documents, which have been painstakingly redrawn and re-coloured to give them relevance to a modern interior.  All of the fabrics are produced on quality fabrics in the UK.


Grand Floral makes a stunning statement on a formal staircase




We’ll see you at Design Central 2018


Our colourful Grand Floral design from the Archive 1 collection

We will be at Design Central 2018, The Largest Interiors Trade Only Show in The North of England at the stunning Colshaw Hall, Nr. Knutsford.  We are looking forward to catching up with colleagues and making new friends.

We will be showing all our collections, Archive 1, Wool and Velvet and Spring Garden, in addition to launching our new paper-backed fabric collection.

See all our heritage fabrics in the Collections page of the website.




We’ll see you at Decorex 2018


Our colourful Grand Floral design from the Archive 1 collection

We are delighted to be exhibiting again at Decorex International 2018 16-19 September, Syon Park, London.  You’ll find us on Stand C35.  Decorex is one of the highlights of the design year, where established brands exhibit their products offering a diverse perspective on the current trends in design.  This will be our third year at Decorex and we are looking forward to catching up with colleagues and making new friends.

We will be showing all our collections, Archive 1, Wool and Velvet and Spring Garden, in addition to launching our new paper-backed fabric collection.

See all our heritage fabrics in the Collections page of the website.




We’re off to Moscow!


Hello Moscow!

Sharon Crowson at DecoRus 2017

We are delighted to be returning to Moscow to exhibit at DecoRusExpo 2018 after a very successful 2017 show. Our agents Kimberley Expertise ( will be presenting our collections of heritage fabrics to the region’s Interior Design professionals.

The show takes place at Hotel National and opens to trade visitors on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June at 10am and closes at 6pm. You can find the Design Archives in the Moskovsky

After huge interest last year, we hope to further promote our brand.  We look forward to meeting  our existing customers from  Moscow and St Petersburg. And introducing new clients to our collections.

DecoRusExpo has become the must-visit event of the year for any interior designer, architect, or top-end decorator working in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan….There is so much exciting work taking place in the region and we are pleased to be part of this dynamic show.

Trade visitors are welcome to register on the door and there is no entrance charge. It is probably preferable to register in advance (

All our wonderful heritage fabrics can be found in the Collections page of the website.




Great trade shows – Gent and Madrid


Thanks to everyone who visited us at Interior Gent and Intergift Madrid


Sharon and the Gordon Imports Team in Intergift Madrid


The Design Archives worked with  Spanish distributor, Gordon Imports to make a truly stand-out-stand to showcase our collection of heritage fabrics at the hugely popular Intergift show in Madrid earlier this yer.  We had a wonderful response from the many people who visited the stand and we met many old and new friends.

We also had a great show at Interio Gent in January where Furnitex, our Belgium distributor worked with Sharon and our new Sales Director, Simon Chapman to introduce our collections to the design industry gathered at the show.

If you’re coming to London for Design Week at Chelsea Harbour  (4th-9th March) drop in to our showroom at the World’s End Studios, Lots Road, SW10 where we’d love to show you our collections. Our showroom will be open from Monday 5th – Friday 9th March 2018 10.00am-5pm






Simon Chapman – new Sales Director


The Design Archives is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Chapman as its Global and UK Sales Director.


Sharon Crowson and Simon Chapman

Simon Chapman and Sharon Crowson

Simon Chapman is a sales and marketing professional with broad experience of international distribution, UK sales management and project planning within the luxury goods market with significant knowledge of the interiors industry.  He has worked with some of the largest names in the interiors industry and we are looking forward to a fruitful relationship with him.

We will be presenting our collections during Paris Deco Off 18-20 January. Visit us at meeting room at the Artus Hotel, 34 Rue du Baci, 75006





January 2018 Trade Shows

The Design Archives would be delighted to meet you at the following trade shows this January


Paris Deco Off

18th-20th January

Artus Hotel, Downstairs Meeting Room

34 Rue du Baci 75006

Intirio – Gent

28th-31st January

Flanders Expo


9051 Gent

Hall 1 Stand: C87

Intergift Madrid

31st January–4th February

Feria de Madrid

Parque Ferial Juan Carlos 1

Hall 3 (Pabellon) Stand: ET-14A


Paris Deco Off

Presenting our collections during

Paris Deco Off

Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th January 2018

Visit us at the Artus Hotel from 1pm until 7pm each day, in the hotel’s downstairs meeting room.

34, Rue du Buci 75006 in the heart of St. Germain.

Sharon: 00 44 (0) 7710 404 762 Simon: 00 44 (0) 7802 606 005

We look forward to introducing our collections to you in Paris!


Inspiration from 19th Century France

From the many thousands of beautiful prints in the Design Archive, comes this exquisite Broderies Chinoises hand painted print.  Inspiration for a future collection! Watch this space….

New Distribution Agreements signed


Established in 2016, The Design Archives is rapidly expanding with new distribution agreements worldwide.

The Design Archives comprises literally thousands of original paper designs, archival reference books and fabric samples, some dating back to the 18c. Under the creative direction of Sharon Crowson, two collections have been launched since 2016, Archive 1 and Spring Garden which bring together stunning designs from the archive printed on to beautiful natural cloths. All developed and Printed in the UK.

We are delighted to announce that Katie Hopkinson will be our new agent in the North of England and Sam Coote our agent in North London and the Home Counties.

We have appointed Flortextile as our agent for Italy. Emanuela Salvi, the owner of Flortex is the distributor of Farrow and Ball, the agent for Mulberry, and is steeped in knowledge of textiles. Emanuela has been selling in the Italian market for over 25 years

The highly respected Pilar Sanchez at Gordon Imports is our Distributor in Spain.
Gordon Imports has a central showroom in Madrid, plus showrooms in Valencia and Marbella. Pilar has over 30 years experience of Spanish Distribution of English brands.

Kimberley Expertise is our agent for Russia and is behind the successful annual DecoRus exhibition in Moscow held in June where The Design Archives exhibited this year. Kimberley Expertise is the most established agent in Russia.

The Textile Company have well appointed Showrooms in Australia and New Zealand and are proud to distribute ‘World Best’ brands of decorative fabrics. Including The Design Archives. Their experienced staff and Agents offer a top class service.

Please contact our Chelsea Head office and Showroom for UK Stockists.

For further information please contact

Elements 4 Design Agencies
Sam Coote +44 7773 052260

Mima Moo Home
Katie Hopkinson +44 7876 033375

The Textile Company
Peter Fitzgibbon

Flortex Textile srl
Emanuela Salvi

Kimberley Expertise Ltd
Natasha Kimberley