Lelievre’s historical Tassinari & Chatel

Heritage brand Tassinari & Chatel, the historical silk weavers from Lyon founded in 1680, have provided fabrics to highly respected members of society for generations; from the historical Palace de Versailles and 19th Century royal families, through to modern day names such as the Rothschilds. Tassinari & Chatel are part of the overall brand Lelievre, who has been a BCFA member for 18 years.

The secret lies in their knowledge of their craft, and the precise and creative way in which their designs are born and saved into their archive for future use.


In Persienne the luxury fabric of silk is used with a background weft. The lace-style design depicted on the fabric that is typical of the 17th century. The fruit and flower motifs are organised in diamond shapes and are richly ornamented with vines and other small elements. Used for upholstery, curtains, walling and accessories, this French regency style design was inspired by the fashion of the era, which was characterised by refined drawing style and delicate coordination of pattern.


The Cour de Siam design, much like the Persienne, is a silk blend that speaks to heritage and is reminiscent of the famous Jardin Exotique in Monaco. Using bright colours and combining them with gold reflects the luxurious nature of the silk, viscose and polyester fabric. The depictions of cacti, exotic birds and beautiful flowers draw the eye and the delicate embroidery and jacquards are reminiscent of the luxury and history that Tassinari & Chatel represent.

Design Insider Lelievre Tassinari Flowers

Lelievre is a family owned French editor and weaver of furnishing fabrics.  The company launches an annual contract collection aimed at the hospitality market designed to conform to the requirements imposed on fabrics used in public areas around the world – last January they released the Numero 22 – would this be fitting for your project? Are you excited to see what they will release next year?

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