About Us

Bennison is a British company specialising in hand-printed fabrics based on 18th and 19th century English and French textiles, originally discovered and reproduced by the late renowned antique dealer and decorator, Geoffrey Bennison. The collection has grown to include patterns of more recent origin and the criterion has always been to choose designs of harmonious tone and scale and with a colour palette that Geoffrey would have liked.

The company was founded in 1985 by Gilly Newberry and her husband Geoff following the death of Geoffrey Bennison. Gilly inherited a share of his estate and a small inventory of designs that Geoffrey had used in his decorating projects. This formed the basis of the fabric collection which has expanded exponentially over the past thirty-five years with the same designer and printer throughout ensuring a continuity of vision and aesthetic.

The designs are printed in small batches in England on linens and silks woven and dyed exclusively for Bennison; many of the designs are inspired by French Indiennes and Indian Tree of Life motifs. Traditional English florals from the mid-nineteenth century feature strongly in the range, complemented by small all-over patterns, stripes and geometrics. All the designs can also be printed as wallpaper and are of the same width as the fabrics, being printed on the same tables. 

What services do you provide?

Fabrics & Textiles

How would you describe your style?

"The Bennison style is chic and sophisticated but with a sensibility that lends itself to both grand and simple minimalist interiors. Timeless yet classic, the designs evoke a spirit of peace and harmony."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"Bennison offers a bespoke custom colouring service with a choice of two or three strike-offs. We can change several colours or just one colour in a design, print it on beige or oyster linen or silk and strengthen or reduce all the colours as requested. We print around six new designs per year and re-colour older designs for a fresh new look."