Panaz breathe new life into heritage collection

7 August 2019

Working with Gawthorpe Hall, award winning textile editor and manufacturer Panaz, has interpreted items from the archive of the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection to launch a unique collaboration – The Archive Collection from Gawthorpe Hall which brings together fabric and wallcovering designs of the past with the manufacturing techniques of the future.

The inspiration for Panaz’s new range, The Gawthorpe Textile collection was acquired around 1920, during the time of the arts and crafts movement by the Honourable Rachel Shuttleworth MBE (1886 – 1967).

Rachel was a remarkable woman, passionate about textiles and renowned for her expert knowledge and skills in needlework, as well as her dedicated work with local communities.  Heavily inspired by the textiles of the past as well as by the architectural designs of the Hall which surrounded her as she grew up, it was her vision to create a craft house at Gawthorpe, centred on her collection.

Well she certainly achieved this vision and as such, the house is alive with exquisite examples of embroidery, lace, costumes, fabrics and textile artefacts from across the world.

The Panaz designs are named after 5 ladies of significance to Gawthorpe Hall, and truly reflect the style of the time, evoking beauty and nature, bringing drama and elegance to any scheme.

The collection features Rachel, an exquisite chinoiserie style floral; Beatrice, a stunning damask; Nina, a stylised parrot and floral; Freydis, a contemporary geometric basket weave, and Ellen a classic stripe.

CEO Tony Attard commented “As a global business with our roots also in Burnley, it was an honour for Panaz to undertake this project, paying homage to this story of rich textile heritage with its home firmly in Lancashire”.

Examples of the collection can be seen at Gawthorpe Hall or visit for more details.

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