The Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum, London.

The Geffrye Museum was founded in 1914 and is set in an 18th Century building in East London. It showcases English domestic interiors from the urban middle classes between 1600-2000.

The rooms of the Geffrye Museum represent how homes have been used and furnished over the past 400 years, reflecting changes in society and behaviour as well as style, fashion and taste.


Wool Paragon, Geffrye Museum Ref 1343

Mid 17th Century Room

Humphries weaving were asked to supply fabric one of the Mid 18th Century Rooms.

Wool paragon woven in red which was used for wall hangings in a mid 18th Century parlour.

The size and uses of the parlour hadn’t changed much since the late 17th century. However the furnishings and textiles were rather different.

The parlour was the main family room that was used for gatherings, receiving guests and dining, even when there was a separate dining room. Behaviour in the parlour had to follow a certain social code, known as ‘politeness’. People had to know how to sit well, receive food and drinks and make conversation with others.

The parlour is based on a house built in Meard Street, Covent Garden that was built in 1732. The houses would have been occupied by artists, trade and business people and skilled artisans.

Project reference: 1343

A further embossed camlet fabric was also supplied for curtain restoration in an unspecified location.