Laura Ashley is one of the world’s best-loved fashion and home furnishings companies in the world. In the early 1950s, enthused by an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Laura and Bernard Ashley set up a homemade printing press on their kitchen table and started to print simple monoprint patterns for neck scarves, tablemats, napkins and tea towels. The products proved to be so popular that within a short space of time they were selling to the biggest retailers in the UK, and the rest is history. Laura Ashley became renowned for its abundance of small-scale prints, particularly for dress fabrics and home textiles. By 1975 the Company had 40 shops in the UK and abroad.
Our elegant and exciting tableware collectables add character and charm to any dining set up. From golden-lined espresso cups to pretty floral sets, each range is made with love and designed to sit together as a set or to be mix-and-matched for a personalised look.
Laura Ashley Tableware collections are known for the abundance of the brand’s smallscale and iconic prints. By combining British Heritage and modern trends, Laura Ashley Tableware turns every meal into a special occasion.
A variety of collections
Laura Ashley Tableware carries several collections: each with its own style but still with signature fine prints on contemporary designs. There is always a print that fits perfectly with whatever you’re serving. Make every meal memorable with Laura Ashley Tableware Collectables.
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Blueprint Collectables tells the story of Laura Ashley’s first steps. She had always had great interest in different cultures and the arts and could often be found in museums and movie theatres. She was in fact greatly inspired by the movie Roman Holiday, where Audrey Hepburn was seen wearing small printed scarves. ‘We should do that too!’, she must have said to her husband, Bernard. Not too long after that, did she in fact produce the first few handmade prints in two colours, on her very kitchen table, using a machine that had cost her around £10. What a great investment that
turned out to be!
The scarves quickly proved to be a great success. It was those same first handmade prints that gave us the inspiration for our Blueprint Collectables: a beautiful range of blue and white mixed flower designs on refined new bone porcelain that will give your table the real Laura Ashley feeling.
Laura Ashley loved culture, in every way, she drew inspiration for designs from everywhere: museums, exhibitions, her beloved Welsh culture and, every now and then, there were also special events such as auctions. It was indeed at an auction she attended in search for inspiration that she found a beautiful curtain from 1890: it was so old and delicate, almost parchment, yet the design touched her deeply. She bought the beautiful piece and translated it into her own design, with her own colours and the typical Laura Ashley feeling. A new iconic print was born: Summer Palace. This beautiful impressively large print became a classic, and later appeared in several more colours too.
This was the inspiration for our Heritage Collectables: not only because the print is so extraordinary, but also because of the origins, the heritage and the story behind it. Enjoy this new bone porcelain range of Collectables with all the elements from this iconic, timeless print. You can mix and match every piece and give your table that grand iconic Laura Ashley look!
Wales was home for Laura Ashley and one of the places dearest to her heart. She loved the beautiful countryside with its hilly landscapes, the vast spaces, even the drizzly weather, but most of it all she loved the Welsh culture. Culture and nature are where Laura drew inspiration from and soon became an integral part of the stories she wanted to tell through her designs, which still resonate with so many of us to this day. Close your eyes, imagine entering one of those beautiful rural cottages, sitting at the kitchen table with your kind host and enjoying dinner together: what do you see? Sturdy yet elegant pottery pieces with and irregular handmade look and refined details.
Meet Artisan Collectables: a range of subtly classic earthenware pieces, that fit perfectly in this calm bucolic atmosphere, made elegant with pretty details and decorative elements from Wild Clematis, one of Laura Ashley’s most popular original prints from her famous archives. Artisan is suitable for all occasions: a beautiful summer evening, a festive Christmas dinner, or any occasion you want to add that peaceful and rural feeling to.
It’s no big secret that Laura Ashley loved nature: the real leitmotiv in her legacy, in all variations of flowers and nature designs. In addition to her love for everything that grew and blossomed, her style has also become famous for the use of colour, with some tones frequently coming back in
her colour charts. One of them is sage green: a timeless slightly greyed green, that is very easily connects different shades in her designs.
The use of this colour has become a classic. Besides Sage, Oxblood is also an indispensable part of the Laura Ashley pallet. The beautiful, refined Wild Clematis print from her very early days, now a classic, in combination with the more recent Daniela design produces a very contemporary image. The marriage of both colours with the two designs gave us the inspiration for our Wild Clematis Collectables. The refined classic stripes and dots connect the whole print and give you the chance to create your own timeless tableware combinations with the ultimate Laura Ashley feeling.
The lovely Tea Collectables is an ode to the true heritage of Laura Ashley. Laura Ashley loved nature, which she translated into prints with a ravishing palette, and it show across all our products. These beautiful vintage floral and geometrical prints from the archives were inspired by her surroundings, the Welsh landscapes, and her culture: they will look stunning in every kitchen, or any place.
Enjoy a moment to yourself with a delicious cup of tea, and make it even more special with these beautiful teacups. Tea Collectables is a timeless, gorgeous range of twelve different teacups to choose from. They come in a branded giftbox in sets of two or four different mugs, making them a great gift idea for any occasion.
Stockbridge is a true tribute to Laura Ashley’s heritage: an enchanting mix of designs and original prints from different decades, brought together to make a dazzling and colourful tablescape. The distinctive lovely Laura Ashley colours on new bone porcelain are suitable for all seasons, but it’ll be in the winter holidays that they will make you you feel like the Queen (or King!) of the festive season!
Stockbridge Collectables is a timeless display of the typical Laura Ashley style, with a medley of her favourite prints and a triumph of colours. Choose Stockbridge Collectables to dazzle and bedazzle your guests on any joyous occasion!
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Storage solutions for tea or coffee, cookies or pasta in your kitchen is an everyday essential, but the tins for it are just as important. Laura Ashley Storage Collectables is a range of tins with beautiful details. Choose from a variety of styles and designs, all coming from Laura Ashley’s original prints, and matching our tableware and kitchen textiles collectables: Candy Stripe, Floris, Woodruff, Daniela, or Peacock, in single pieces or sets of 2 storage tins. With a sophisticated copper edge and subtle colours, these tins have a warm contemporary look that will complement any kitchen, bathroom or children’s room, if you want to be creative and use them for make-up, jewellery, toys or haberdashery.Viewe collection
Laura Ashley Kitchen Linen Collectables are a range of refined textiles made to complement and enrich any tablescape. The beautiful vintage prints come from Laura Ashley’s famous archives and have a special connection with Pimlico, London, where they were probably originally printed.
The graceful colour combinations, amongst stripes and delicate flowers, are carefully printed on a beautiful fabric and made to match each and every Laura Ashley Tableware range. The colourful Kitchen Linen Collectables are woven in a natural mix of cotton and linen, and include a range of napkins, tablecloths, table runners, placemats, tea towels and a stylish apron with quirky details. The choice of material was made carefully: linen for strength and durability; cotton to ensure that moisture can be quickly absorbed, which is paramount in the case of tea towels; a small percentage of recycled polyester to help the fabric remain stable and supple.
Placemats and table runners can be used on both sides: plain on one side, and beautifully printed with the refined Wild Clematis or Daniela decors on the other, making this range even more versatile and adaptable to any type of tableware or guests.
Glass Collectables are an ode to all flowers, which Laura Ashley herself often used as an inspiration for her designs. Her great passion and love for nature come together in this range of glassware.
Each glass is handmade and mouth-blown in traditional wooden moulds to shape it with a subtle flower silhouette from top to bottom. The age-old craft of glass blowing emphasizes the natural shape of the glasses, making each piece unique. They come in classic clear or timeless bottle green colour: a choice made to compliment and complement each and every Laura Ashley Collectables range.
The delicate bubbles in the body of the glass are the result of the mouth-blowing process itself, and are testament to the hand-made nature of the product, its authenticity and point of difference. Laura Ashley Glass Collectables bring a sparkle to the table, with a festive yet elegant look.
The outdoors was much loved by Laura Ashley: for hours she could walk and enjoy the views of Wales, or enjoy the sound and movement of the sea from the cliffs. A lovely picnic with the family in the summer was also among her much-loved moments.
On the Go Collectables align perfectly with Laura Ashley's way of living. Wherever you go, a stroll in town, a walk in the park, a hike in the mountains, or even to the gym, take one of our Laura Ashley thermal bottles with you: it keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours, but it can also be used to carry hot drinks, which will stay warm for up to 12 hours. Featuring the iconic Summer Palace print in blue and Petit Fleur in blue, yellow and red, it can’t be missing in your bag when you’re on the go. Oh, and the On the Go Collectables are the ultimate gift idea as well, presented in their beautiful, handy sustainable giftbox.