The possibilities on Linen
Those who regard flax as one of the humbler materials, if indeed there are any who still hold such a view, should take an opportunity of making themselves familiar with the wonderful potentialities of the material as developed by those who have made a study of it. To say that there are three hundred shades of flax threads, and in every shade five sizes, and fifty-five shades of art linens, not to mention numerous other flax fabrics, such as Derwent linen, Cumbrian linen, and many beautiful white and cream handmade linens, will give some notion oi Messrs. Harris’s productions. Their materials combine usetul qualities, such as absolute freedom from moth, with decorative possibilities. These various properties have not remained unappreciated, and for many purposes, varying from useful bedspreads and portières to ecclesiastical uses, such as altar cloths, dossals, and the like, Harris’s linens are employed.
It is unneccessary to speak of their value as dress materials, a purpose for which the fastness of the colour especially qualifies them. The two sketches give some idea of the most recent work exhibited in the pretty showrooms at Bond Street, but they are only selected from a very large number of excellent examples to be found. The designs vary widely in character, from such as the "Moresque" and "Cordova", of the styles the words indicate, to the "Athenia" and "Sultan", the last named being adapted from a mediaeval Italian velvet at the South Kensington Museum. In short, this establishment is always worth a visit.