Paisley Paramecium Linen


(All colours are available on both basecloths and also at both scales, although we may not offer that specific sample. If your combo is not available, we suggest ordering the colour you want to get the process started.) 

Paisley Paramecium is a textile and wallpaper design celebrating the web of micro-organisms that forms the base of the pyramid of all life. The inspiration for this design was a play on the traditional tear-drop shape of the classic paisley motif resembling a unicellular organism called a paramecium. The species in this design are aquatic, including many free-floating plankton upon whom the health of all marine creatures depends. Phytoplankton are also of serious conservation concern – warming oceans have caused population declines of 40% since 1950. Change is desperately needed in how we perceive our interconnectedness within, and dependence upon, the web of life. As well as evoking droplets of water, as well as using the conventions of the paisley design, it is also reminiscent of stitching and lace, as the fabric of nature is fragile and intricately interwoven and embellished. The colouration is quite free, and can be further expanded upon in the future, as many of these species are really transparent.

To learn more about the design, please check out the blog post.


Name: Paisley Paramecium

Please note:  Paisley Paramecium is an unusual design because it is offered at two scales as well as on two basecloths and in several colourways. Apologies if this is confusing! They really do earn their places and can be used quite differently and together.

Colourway: Aqua, Aqua Haeckel, Olive, Indigo, Plum, Pale Pink

Fabric type: Pure linen, from flax grown in France, woven and printed in the UK

Composition: 100% natural linen

These designs are available in natural pure English linen of a medium weight of 250g or a heavyweight 450g bleached or natural linen

Usage: Drapery and light upholstery

Care: Dry clean only

Pattern repeat: Half drop

Horizontal/Vertical repeat: LARGE  54″ x 36″ (137.2 cm) The design is only repeated one time across the width of the fabric
Horizontal/Vertical repeat: MEDIUM  27″ x 18″ (137.2 cm) The design is repeated twice across the width of the fabric

Printed width of fabric: 54″ (137.2 cm)

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A

Heavy-weight bleached, Medium-weight natural


Aqua, Haeckel, Indigo, Olive, Pale Pink, Plum


Large, Medium

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