Over the years we have made many a lampshade from antique linen for private customers and antique dealers. We are delighted to now be able to offer a limited range of antique grain sack lampshades on our website.
The linen and hemp grain sacks were made by hand across Europe in and around 1880 using high quality homespun fabric, hand woven from the linen and hemp crops grown on family farms. The characteristic stripes on the sacks were used to identify the farmer so that when the grain came back from the mill, it could be returned to its rightful owner.
The hand looming of fabric was a very labour intensive process and each roll took many hours to make. They have a wonderful texture and bags of character.
We use a specialist matt clear lampshade PVC to make up rigid lampshades in such a way that the beauty of the fabric is visible inside and out.
Being such a collectible piece of history this fabric is in very short supply and sells fast. If you want a particular size drum do contact us at email@example.com and we will be happy to source an antique linen for you. You are also welcome to send us your own to be made up into a lampshade.
Photographed is a tall 40cm diameter drum lampshade in a slubby linen with an unusual wedgewood blue tramway stripe top and bottom. Suitable as both a standard/table lampshade or as a ceiling pendant. It measures 35cm in diameter and 36cm high.