Called the Spring Floral collection, it offers a range of textiles and accessories, including a luxury cotton apron; printed tea towels; quilted oven gloves and mitts; a tea cozy with accompanying mug; and a selection of reusable shoppers and PVC bags as well as a packable roll-up bag. The RHS branding, highlighting the RHS tree and shield, is visible on the tags and packaging.
"Using the treasure trove that is the RHS Lindley Collections, we have illustrated this collection with an array of delicate flowers and colorful butterflies in a way that, we feel, captures the beauty of the every day in the world around us," says Annie David, innovation head, Ulster Weavers. "Our partnership with the RHS has once again inspired some wonderful kitchen textiles."
The new range, which uses imagery from the RHS Lindley Collections – the world's finest collection of botanical art – incorporates
"This meadow design is a beautiful reminder of the joys of slowing down and contemplating nature, with fresh, light modern colors taking us back to memories of swaying wildflowers in the sun," says Cathy Snow, licensing manager, The Royal Horticultural Society. "It's an appealing and elegant collection that is also sturdy and practical. It will, I'm sure, be another big success for the RHS/Ulster Weavers partnership at retail."
The design is inspired by the walks enjoyed by the collection's designer Mona Sweeney during lockdown.
"What captured my attention was the beauty and vibrancy of the wildflowers I noticed while I was out walking," says Sweeney. "Here was a moment worth sharing and recreating, I thought – one that reflected the simple pleasures and slower pace of life we were adjusting to. The fields, the great blue sky above, the wonderful diversity of the fauna and flora; these formed the basis for the entire collection."
The range launched in mid-February is available at a range of garden centers, garden shops, department stores, and gift shops. It is also available online via the Ulster Weavers website and independent gift websites.
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