It’s always exciting when new fabric collections get launched, but oh boy, the anticipation for interior designers and curtain makers this season has been almost like waiting for the new Bond film to get released.

Let me explain. Usually, fabric houses launch 4 or 5 new collections twice a year in the same way that fashion designers do, one in February and the other in September. The September one is always an event as the new collections are showcased at the trade show Decorex in London. The show is open to the public on certain days too and if you have a desire to get ideas for your own home from lighting to flooring, furniture to fabric, it’s well worth a visit.

This year’s show is on the 10-13th October at Olympia if you’re interested in going.

So why the excitement this season? well, due to the virus whose name I shan’t mention (aren’t we all completely bored of hearing it?) this had a severe effect on new collections not only being designed, but limited the ability to produce new fabrics and get them distributed. Added to which, initially, the demand was low but now? Curtain makers like me are having their busiest time in a long time and now are struggling to meet the demand from customers. Many of us have already closed our order books for soft furnishings to be made before Christmas and jobs are being moved over to the New Year.

So here’s my round up of some of the new collections:

Studio G Fabrics

One of my favourite brands and now part of the Sanderson family which has grown in recent years to include Clarke & Clarke fabrics too. I particularly like Studio G as they produce some great quality designs at affordable prices.

Their new collection – Country Escape is a shift towards more a more rustic feel for a modern country look. Fabulous linen-look fabrics as well as velvets and jacquards, with prices starting at £20 per metre.

Clarke and Clarke

This season sees 5 new collections from this brand including a book with 100% linen in 30 colours priced at £39 per metre, but my favourite is Dimora – meaning ‘grand and spacious’, which is a combination of abstract effects and textural details. Marbling, embroidered velvets, foil velvets with metallic highlights, these come in deep midnight tones (always a sumptuous colour for velvet I think) to lavish ivory hues.

Harlequin Fabrics

An interesting concept from Harlequin this season, they’ve provided a helpful quiz on their website to help you identify your own colour code and style. Naturally, they have four new collections that are very different in style, one or more of which you will undoubtedly prefer!

My personal favourite is the Renew collection. Very light and airy, reminiscent of coastal Cornwall and countryside.

Prices start at £39 per metre.

Sara Miller

Now under the Ashley Wilde Group brand which includes Orla Kiely, Sophie Allport and Kath Kidston to name but a few,

Sara Miller is an award-winning British designer, who has always been inspired by her adventures around the globe. Her inspiration comes from the palaces of Jaipur to the iconic Sakura cherry blossom in Japan and a few others in-between. She translates these into beautiful, sophisticated designs in her London Studio.

Prices start at £30 per metre.

Mark Alexander fabrics

The Rhythm collection is made up of original designs with a West African feel and a natural palette.

Featuring finely crafted linen embroideries and weaves that can be used in modern settings.

Prices start at £121 per metre.