Backstory

Perrotine began, like so many ideas, with “where can I find…” and coming up empty. In this country, from what I could tell, I could find stiff, run of the mill white lampshades, or, at the other end entirely, overly elaborate, fussy lampshades that would not be out of place on a Victorian stage set.  Gathered lampshades of the sort found in London were nowhere to be found, and I needed some for my house.

I had for years been cultivating a love affair with vintage fabrics generally and block-printed textiles specifically. I obsessed over the V&A’s collection of simple Indian calicos and elaborate, fanciful palampores, many of which can also be found in historic house museums here in New England.

The textile love seeped into my little print shop, and I spent a good chunk of time trying to mimic the look of fabric on letterpress printed paper. It worked beautifully from a design perspective, but I had fallen out of love with printing.

Thus began the silk sari hoarding, learning to use a pale minty green vintage sewing machine, sourcing a perfect rosy linen (thank you, David Hicks) to line the frames, and making silk bias trim by hand to finish the top and bottom. A collection started to form, and so did a clear picture of where this is all going: every six to eight weeks or so, a new collection, centered on a color.

perrotine

The perrotine was a machine invented by Perrot of Rouen in the early 19th century to automate the process of block printing.
Pairing Lamps + Shades

Pairing Lamps + Shades

Sizing

Sizing

Lampshade measurements are listed as
a x b x c
for which
a = top diameter
b= bottom diameter
c = side length
Wattage

Wattage

The top opening of a lampshade dictates the maximum wattage (incandescent) that can be safely used.

The table below should be used in place of the recommendation of the lamp manufacturer, i.e. if your lamp is listed for a 100W bulb but you purchase a small shade to pair with it, the bulb should not exceed 75W.

sconce
4 x 7 x 6
60W


small
6 x 12 x 8.5
75W


medium
8 x 16 x 10
100W


large
10 x 20 x 14
150W

Perrotine in Five Steps

Perrotine in Five Steps

One

Find a fabulous vintage silk sari

Two

Bind the top and bottom rings of the frame with cotton tape

Three

Cut a long length of fabric, then gather, pin, and hand-stitch to the tape

Four

Fit and hand-stitch a rosy, neutral linen to line the frame

Five

Trim with hand-made silk shantung bias tape

Shipping

Your order will be packed and ready for shipment 2 to 3 business days from the date you place your order.
free standard shipping

Orders ship free via USPS Priority Mail, which typically means delivery 2 days after your order has been picked up.

expedited shipping

If you would like your order expedited please send an email and we’ll see what arrangements can be made.

international orders

This site is ready to accept orders shipping within the US but these lampshades can travel! Please send an email if you’d like to place an order.

Returns

All sales are final unless an item is damaged or has been misrepresented in some way.

Please be sure to measure your lamp to ensure a good fit. In many cases small fabric swatches are available and can be sent free of charge. Keep in mind that as the lampshades are one (or two) of a kind, there is no guarantee the shade you have in mind will still be available once a decision is made.

Questions?

If you would like clarification about color or sizing or would like to see more photos of a particular lampshade please send an email.

Sales Tax

6.25% sales tax is added to orders shipping within Massachusetts

Workmanship

Perrotine’s lampshades are hand-sewn from vintage sari silks.

As a result, some irregularities in the fabric are to be expected, and you will likely (hopefully) note that the lampshade is almost entirely made by hand. Every effort is made to be sure that fabric is free of blemishes; if more significant damage has been overlooked, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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