Step into the luxurious world of sumptuous fabrics and European nobility.
This design was originally released as our Blue Velvet series, and we loved it so much that we have brought it back in this rich red colour.
Among the most highly prized fabrics of the Renaissance, velvet was considered a work of art and takes a journal form with this Red Velvet design from our Velvet Dalmatic Collection.
Taking centre stage for this elegant cover, the fabric draws inspiration from a piece of a 15th-century dalmatic. The chosen garment of British monarchs during coronation services, the dalmatic also served as a liturgical vestment in Christian churches.
Velvet came primarily from Florence, Venice and Genoa, and competition between the weaving centres was especially fierce as individual styles, patterns and silk qualities began to develop.
Italian in origin, this piece is patterned with a seven-lobed shield outlined with teardrop shapes. Each shield is decorated with an artichoke-like botanical shape – a motif popular at the time – that was created using brocaded gilt metal thread.