JOHN PIPER’S STONES OF BATH VINTAGE TEXTILE COASTERS

These tiny pieces of mid 20th century textile design could be used as coasters or just enjoyed for the beautifully realised collaboration between artist/designer and manufacturer.  Piper designed Stones of Bath for Arthur Sanderson and Sons Ltd in 1959.  The design was screen printed onto cotton using nineteen colours.  A best-seller, it was reprinted several times during the early 1960s in different colourways.

Here are some reclaimed segments from a piece of fabric that probably dates to around 1962 and was most likely used to make curtains. Backed by 100% wool felt, each coaster measures approximately 10 x 10 cm. They are available to buy on my Etsy shop and cost £15 for a set of 3.

And here you can see Piper’s design in its entirety as a repeat pattern.

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