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Chelsea Textiles
Pillows by Chelsea Textiles at Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, Mey - Pillows
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How thrilling to find out our needlepoint cushions are adorning the sofa in one of the rooms at @castleofmey in Scotland! On 16 June 1952, the recently-widowed Queen Mother arrived in Caithness to visit her childhood friend, Lady Doris Vyner. It helped her recover. While driving around the area, she caught sight of Barrogill Castle (as Castle of Mey was then known) ‘Do you think it would suit me?’ she asked her hostess. She then bought it, restored it, and used it as her Scottish sanctuary for many years until her death when the Trust opened to the public. From top left clockwise: Golden urn with carnation & peonies, Roses & cornflowers and Hillocks with carnations & tulips. While the last two are no longer available, you can still find the Golden urn cushion available to buy online on our website. Swipe through to see all our featured cushions.

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Chelsea Textiles

Meet the Creator


Chelsea Textiles is a family firm, started in 1990 by Mona Perlhagen, who moved to London from New York, where she had been a fashion buyer for Bloomingdale’s. She identified a need for perfect recreations of antique embroidered fabrics and cushions, to complement traditional interiors, and set about researching and sourcing authentic materials and the world’s best craftsmen, to produce hand-embroidered fabrics of the same quality as those of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Since that time, the company’s design ethos has evolved to encompass the early 20th century. The product range has also expanded to include furniture, inspired by Mona’s seven years in Sweden, with a Scandinavian theme, both traditional Gustavian and 20th century design classics. While firmly rooted in the past, pieces have been carefully adapted to complement the more understated interiors of the 21st century.

Chelsea Textiles works with top interior decorators worldwide and have co-operated closely with Robert Kime, Alidad, Neisha Crosland, Kit Kemp and Domenica More Gordon on their own embroidery collections under the Chelsea Textiles umbrella.

The company also works with exclusive boutique hotels, such as the Red Carnation and Firmdale groups, on projects such as Covent Garden, Haymarket, Soho, Ham Yard, Crosby Street and Whitby Hotels.

Mona’s daughter, Jenny, who studied history of art and interior design in London and New York, was appointed the company’s chief designer in 2005. She continues Chelsea Textiles’ commitment to authentic detail, adding a freshness of approach and taking the company in exciting new directions.