Bowhill House

Bowhill House, Selkirk

Bowhill House is a historic house near Bowhill at Selkirk in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland. It is a member of the Historic Houses Association, and is one of the homes of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry.

Image of lime green and cream patterned fabric weaving on a loom

The duchess’ Boudoir

Pure silk damask and satin for curtains and draperies

Humphries Weaving were commissioned to redraw the damask design for this rich 1830’s curtain scheme for Bowhill House. Although very faded, we analysed yarn extractions to custom dye silk yarns to the original and much brighter scheme.

The treatment uses the damask design in both lime green and moss green, both with cream figure wefts. We then also wove rich matching satins.

The curtains were researched by Annabel Westman, produced by AT Cronin Workshop and finished with extravagant passementerie from Brian Turner Trimmings.

The project was carried out under the direction of the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust which responsible for the world renowned Buccleuch Art Collection and several of the historic properties these items are housed in, in addition to the beautiful landscape and gardens surrounding them.

Project Reference: 4331