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Measure thrice, cut once

Perrotine lampshades are made almost entirely by hand, from vintage silks and cottons sourced from India.

Softly gathered at top, and more precisely pleated at the bottom, they strike a good balance between relaxed and formal, but are always polished with their tailored linen lining and silk or ribbon trim. Underpinning the fabric is an ivory cotton ribbon, and 100% silk thread, on higher gauge wire frames with brass finish fittings.

Several hours of handwork go into each lampshade: measuring, cutting, pinning, gathering and stitching.

1.
wrap top and bottom rings of a wire frame with cotton tape
2.
gather the top of the fabric and stitch to the top ring
3.
pleat, pin and stitch the bottom of the fabric to the bottom ring
4.
cut an arc of linen to fit, run a seam, press and stitch to inside of the frame
5.
stitch linen to cover each spoke of the fitting, and stitch or glue trim

vintage fabric

Vintage silk and cotton saris have been softened from time and use. The colors are a bit faded and they drape beautifully, with none of the stiffness of new textiles.

However, as they’ve had a previous life, vintage fabrics can also present irregularities and blemishes, and while every effort is made to be sure that the fabric is pristine, or as close to it as can be expected, a tiny hole or stain might be strategically tucked into a fold, so that it disappears.

If you love the singular richness and utility of vintage textiles you will understand. And if you don’t, these might not be for you.

lining

A Perrotine signature is the pale, nude-colored cotton used to line the lampshades. A shameless copy of the late, great David Hicks, who specified that his be lined in pink card, it allows for a warmer glow when lit, and can temper both cooler bulbs and green and blue outer fabrics. Everybody looks better in warm light than cold. Oeko-Tex certified, this cotton is a medium weight with a tight weave in a light, warm neutral that isn’t too pink or sugary.
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