Timorous Beasties

Timorous Beasties was established in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Today, the studio is a diverse operation and has emerged as a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed icon. Timorous Beasties’ work embodies a unique diversity of pattern, ranging from design that echoes a golden age of copperplate engraving (a time-honoured classic is the Thistle range; or Merian Palm superwide wallpaper) to examples of a distinctly edgy nature, an elegant transgression, a display of chic irreverence.

Timorous Beasties

Timorous Beasties was established in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Today, the studio is a diverse operation and has emerged as a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed icon. Timorous Beasties’ work embodies a unique diversity of pattern, ranging from design that echoes a golden age of copperplate engraving (a time-honoured classic is the Thistle range; or Merian Palm superwide wallpaper) to examples of a distinctly edgy nature, an elegant transgression, a display of chic irreverence.

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  • Bloomsbury Garden Linen Fabric

    £140.00 /m
    dreich
    khaki
    teal

    Bloomsbury Garden is one of a trinity of designs inspired by the Victorian pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement, William Morris. In this pattern, plants including briars and fruiting vines swarm with butterflies and beetles, all illustrated by hand and digitally printed with a level of heightened detail and depth of colour Morris could not even have dreamed of.
    Timorous Beasties fabrics are supplied in full metre increments only.

  • Bloomsbury Garden Wallpaper

    £320.00
    antique
    frost
    grey

    Bloomsbury Garden is one of a trinity of designs inspired by the Victorian pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement, William Morris. In this pattern, plants including briars and fruiting vines swarm with butterflies and beetles, all illustrated by hand and digitally printed with a level of heightened detail Morris could not even have dreamed of.
    Sold as a 10 metre roll. Printed to order, 4-6 weeks lead time.

  • Bloomsbury Garden Wallpaper

    £320.00
    alabaster
    barely-black
    blackberry
    bone
    cadmium
    campbell-duck
    dusted-pink
    gainsboro
    iron
    skye
    smokey-teal
    tree-frog

    Now reinvented in a stylish matt finish, these Bloomsbury Garden wallpaper colourways epitomise Timorous Beasties’ signature style and are inspired by the Victorian pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement, William Morris. Showcasing beautiful patterns created by nature, this illustration includes briars and fruiting vines swarming with butterflies and beetles, in a heightened level of detail Morris could not have dreamed of. Digitally printed. Sold as a 10 metre roll. Printed to order, 4-6 weeks lead time.

  • Graffiti All Over Velvet Fabric

    £160.00 /m
    original

    The Graffiti designs take Timorous Beasties’ anarchic approach to pattern to new heights and brings the raw energy of street art indoors. Paint daubs, drips and sprays that are a familiar sight on grimy back streets are translated into riotous patterns applied to wallpapers, textiles and lampshades. This velvet fabric will introduce a maximalist element to any space and creates a playful contrast when used to upholster traditional furnishings.
    Timorous Beasties fabrics are supplied in full metre increments only.

  • Iguana Superwide Wallpaper

    £80.00
    black-on-black
    black-on-ivory
    bronze-on-brown
    gold-on-ivory
    grey-on-ivory
    silver-on-ivory

    Finding beauty in the brutality of nature, the Iguana wallpaper features a hand-drawn image of a lizard entwined in flowers and vines preparing to devour an insect. This was one of the first designs produced when Timorous Beasties launched in 1990 and has remained a bestseller ever since. Screen printed and superwide.
    Sold by the metre.

  • Indie Wood Linen Fabric

    £160.00 /m
    original

    Indie Wood is a dense, nature-inspired pattern festooned with flora and fauna, all beautifully drawn and coloured by hand. In a typical Timorous Beasties twist, this sylvan scene includes bugs such as beetles and moths that add a darker dimension. The detailed design is digitally printed onto a linen textile and is a great way to bring nature indoors.
    Timorous Beasties fabrics are supplied in full metre increments only.

  • Indie Wood Wallpaper

    £370.00
    antique
    beige
    black-on-pearl
    charcoal
    garden-green

    Indie Wood is a dense nature-inspired pattern festooned with flora and fauna, all beautifully drawn and coloured by hand. In a typical Timorous Beasties twist, this sylvan scene includes bugs such as beetles and moths that add a darker dimension. The pattern’s vertical repeat helps to emphasise the height of a space, drawing the eye up towards an imagined forest canopy. Digitally printed.
    Sold as a 10 metre roll. Printed to order, 4-6 weeks lead time.

  • Indie Wood Wallpaper

    £370.00
    alabaster
    barely-black
    blackberry
    bone
    cadmium
    campbell-duck
    dusted-pink
    gainsboro
    iron
    skye
    smokey-teal
    tree-frog

    Now reinvented in a stylish matt finish, these Indie Wood colourways epitomise Timorous Beasties’ signature style. This illustration is a dense nature-inspired pattern festooned with flora and fauna, all beautifully drawn and coloured by hand. In a typical Timorous Beasties twist, this sylvan scene includes bugs such as beetles and moths that add a darker dimension. Indie Wood has a very faint approximately 132mm repeat background texture but the design changes throughout the 10 metre roll. It can be hung wherever the repeat matches. The pattern’s vertical repeat helps to emphasise the height of a space, drawing the eye up towards an imagined forest canopy. Digitally printed. Sold as a 10 metre roll. Printed to order, 4-6 weeks lead time.

  • Merian Palm Superwide Wallpaper

    £135.00
    original

    This richly decorative wallpaper features exotic flora including banana leaves and a menagerie of animal species. The design’s subtle shading pays tribute to the copperplate prints produced by the celebrated 17th-century naturalist and scientific illustrator, Maria Sibylla Merian. The latest digital printing methods are used to produce the bold colouring of this superwide wallpaper.
    Sold by the metre.

  • Napoleon Bee Linen Fabric

    £115.00 /m
    black-pale-gold

    Bees are one of Timorous Beasties’ favourite and most popular motifs. The insect was used by the emperor Napoleon as an emblem that represented hard work, diligence and orderliness. Here, a single bumble bee forms the centrepiece of a striking repeat pattern that is printed in black and gold onto a linen fabric. Printed to order, 4-6 weeks lead time.
    Timorous Beasties fabrics are supplied in full metre increments only.

  • Napoleon Bee Velvet Fabric

    £130.00 /m
    black-pale-gold-on-aubergine
    black-pale-gold-on-black
    black-pale-gold-on-crimson
    black-pale-gold-on-gold
    black-pale-gold-on-honey
    black-pale-gold-on-mouse
    black-pale-gold-on-navy
    black-pale-gold-on-olive

    Bees are one of Timorous Beasties’ favourite and most popular motifs. The insect was used by the emperor Napoleon as an emblem that represented hard work, diligence and orderliness. Here, a single bumble bee forms the centrepiece of a striking repeat pattern that is hand printed in black and gold onto a soft velvet fabric. Printed to order, 4-6 weeks lead time.
    Timorous Beasties fabrics are supplied in full metre increments only.

  • Napoleon Bee Wallpaper

    £95.00
    black-gold-on-black
    black-gold-on-gold
    black-gold-on-grey
    black-gold-on-navy
    black-gold-on-red
    black-gold-on-sea-green

    Bees are one of Timorous Beasties’ favourite and most popular motifs. The insect was used by the emperor Napoleon as an emblem that represented hard work, diligence and orderliness. Here, a single bumble bee forms the centrepiece of a striking repeat bee pattern that is printed in black and gold onto a plain background. Rotary screen printed.
    Sold as a 10 metre roll.

  • Omni Splatt Cotton Fabric

    £126.00 /m
    orange

    Omni Splatt layers splats, drips and smudges to create a mind-bending abstract design that evokes a classic damask pattern. Inspiration came from mould and stains that might be found in a grimy bedsit. These random blotches are combined to create a bold and brightly coloured pattern that is printed onto a premium cotton fabric.
    Timorous Beasties fabrics are supplied in full metre increments only.

  • Papillion Wallpaper

    £250.00
    black-tea
    mochi
    ochre
    oleander
    pistachio
    saxe

    Papillion wallpaper features detailed linework, delicate floral motifs and intricately illustrated butterflies that dance around an ever-growing vine. Digitally printed.
    Sold as a 10 metre roll. Printed to order, 4-6 weeks lead time.

  • Pinyin Tree Superwide Wallpaper

    £135.00
    grey
    pink

    Pinyin Tree is a unique decorative design featuring an abstract image of blossom-covered trees created using an innovative painterly technique. The name references a type of brush used in Chinese calligraphy that can produce similar blotchy marks. These textural elements are connected by hand-painted tree trunks and branches to create the distinctive pattern. Superwide and digitally printed.
    Sold by the metre.

  • Pinyin Tree Velvet Fabric

    £165.00 /m
    sand
    silver-grey

    Pinyin Tree is a unique decorative design featuring an abstract image of blossom-covered trees created using an innovative painterly technique. The name references a type of brush used in Chinese calligraphy that can produce similar blotchy marks. These textural elements are connected by hand-painted tree trunks and branches to create the distinctive pattern, which is printed onto a soft velvet fabric.
    Timorous Beasties fabrics are supplied in full metre increments only.

  • Storm Blotch Velvet Fabric

    £160.00 /m
    blues
    green
    rain
    yellow

    Storm Blotch transforms any space with its intense, abstract pattern. The design is part of a series created to take advantage of contemporary digital printing technologies. Random splotches of inks and dyes are layered together using computer software and digitally printed onto this soft-touch velvet fabric, which is available in several punchy colourways.
    Timorous Beasties fabrics are supplied in full metre increments only.

  • Thistle Linen Fabric

    £95.00 /m
    beetroot
    black
    navy-blue
    olive-green
    red
    white

    Thistle fabric is a stunning, intricately hand-drawn thistle plant design, with the thistles trailing upwards. The linen used as the basecloth for this design is a natual product, which means it’s colour is largely determined by environmental conditions. Therefore, please note that growing and production processes may cause slight changes to the colour of the basecloth across different batches. Printed to order, 4-6 weeks lead time.
    Timorous Beasties fabrics are supplied in full metre increments only.

  • Thistle Linen Union Fabric

    £95.00 /m
    black-on-white

    Thistle Union Linen fabric is a stunning, intricately hand-drawn thistle plant design, with the thistles trailing upwards. Printed to order, 4-6 weeks lead time.
    Timorous Beasties fabrics are supplied in full metre increments only.

  • Thistle Superwide Wallpaper

    £80.00
    black-on-black
    black-on-ivory
    grey-on-ivory
    silver-on-ivory

    Thistle Superwide wallpaper is a stunning, intricately hand-drawn thistle plant design, trailing upwards in a hand drawn effect. Superwide and screen printed.
    Sold by the metre.

  • Thistle Wallpaper

    £80.00
    black-on-khaki
    black-on-stone
    black-on-white
    grey-on-ivory
    slate-on-grey

    Thistle wallpaper is a stunning, intricately hand-drawn thistle plant design, trailing upwards in a hand drawn effect. Flexographic cyclinder printed.
    Sold as a 10 metre roll.

  • Thunder Blotch Cotton Fabric

    £126.00 /m
    original

    Thunder Blotch is an extravagant multi-hued fabric that combines abstract drips, stains and blotches to create a densely decorative pattern. Its unique layered design is an example of Timorous Beasties’ pioneering use of digital printing technologies. The versatile cotton fabric can be adapted so the broad patterned stripe starts at the base of a curtain or covers the backrest of a sofa.
    Timorous Beasties fabrics are supplied in full metre increments only.