When it comes to accent patterns, there are few more classic and adaptable options than ticking stripes. Pairing beautifully with other striped pieces and adding interest to block colours and neutral palettes without being overpowering, it is easy to see why this simple design is a timeless staple in stylish interiors around the world.
Image via: House & Garden UK | Photography: Owen Gale
Ticking was traditionally a utility fabric made from cotton or linen that was used to cover mattresses and pillows. In the centuries before open coil and memory foam, mattresses made from straw, horsehair, feathers and other coarse materials needed a sturdy encasing. The word ‘ticking’ derives from the Latin word tica and the Greek word theka, both meaning covering, with this popular iteration originating in Nîmes, France – hence the name French ticking.
Image via: @moro_dabron | Andreas von Einsiedel for The World of Interiors, October 1996.
Today, the classic stripe pattern featured on traditional ticking fabric be seen everywhere from clothing and upholstery to curtains and bedding. This adaptable style not only fits into many areas of the home but also works seamlessly with different decorating schemes. Whether choosing classic blue and white for a nautical nod in a coastal cottage, lending an earthy, romantic touch to a country home with pinks and caramels, or opting for charcoal and cool grey for a contemporary look, stripes are an elegant all-rounder.
Our Basix pure linen bedding range features a variety of stripe cushions and pillowcases that complement our core colour palette and pair beautifully with our signature Flocca collection. Each of our two-tone pieces is available in nine exquisite combinations, with a pairing to complement your bedroom style. Roy/Sable is best suited to a soft green scheme while cooling Ayrton/Nox works well with blues. Mare/Bere layers wonderfully with earthy hues, and Rosa/Floss brings a warm, feminine accent to a white palette.
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