A LOOK BACK: THE HISTORY OF ORIENTAL GARDEN

Find Out More About One of Laura Ashley’s Most Popular Prints

Every home should have a link to the past to give it heart and soul. No one understood that connection better than Laura Ashley herself, as she often looked to the Victorian era for inspiration to create rooms that felt lived in and undeniably special.

The 2005 Autumn Winter Laura Ashley catalogue featured a sumptuous bedroom
with Chalk Pink Oriental Garden Wallpaper.

Home decor with a vintage pedigree is new again thanks to the resurgence of traditional design. Oriental Garden, one of the best-selling prints in Laura Ashley history, offers just the right amount of history that transcends design trends while still feeling fresh and modern.

The Oriental Garden Wallpaper in Duck Egg seen in the 2005 catalogue
feels just as modern today.

Oriental Garden Duck Egg Pearl Wallpaper

Cosy enough for a country cottage but modern enough for a city apartment, the print features a nod to nature with the elegant archive depiction of beautiful silhouetted birds and butterflies in an exotic garden.  Available today in three hues, Duck Egg, Off White, and Chalk Pink., Oriental Garden’s of-the-moment styling feels current due to the timeless monochromatic print, making it one of the brand’s best selling prints. 

Oriental Garden Chalk Pink Wallpaper

Oriental Garden was first introduced to the Laura Ashley Home collection in 2005 as a wallpaper. However, the design was originally inspired by another famous Laura Ashley print, Summer Palace, which has been in the line since 1988.  Oriental Garden is a monochrome version of the colourful Summer Palace print, giving the design a modern edge.

A page from the 1988 Laura Ashley catalogue featuring Summer Palace,
the print that inspired the Oriental Garden print.

The original Oriental Garden wallpaper included Duck Egg and Chalk Pink colourways in 2005 with more colours offered in 2006 and 2007, including Linen, Charcoal, Eau de Nil and Natural/Charcoal.

2006 Laura Ashley Catalog featuring Oriental Garden in Charcoal for a
dramatic take on the print.

The success of the wallpaper print leads to Oriental Garden drapery being added in 2007 in Duck Egg, Linen and Charcoal hues.

Linen was the Oriental Garden wallpaper of choice for the 2006 Laura Ashley Catalogue, while today’s refreshed version is offered in Gold/Off White.

Oriental Garden Gold Off White Wallpaper

In 2012, 2014, and 2015 Oriental Garden wallpaper was updated with a Pearlescent background in Natural/Charcoal, Natural, and White respectively. While 2015 also introduced an expanded drapery collection offered in the famous print in Duck Egg, Linen, Eau de Nil, and Voile.

A thumbnail of the 2007 Oriental Garden drapery fabric in Charcoal.

A thumbnail of the 2007 Oriental Garden drapery fabric in Duck Egg.

What colourways of Oriental Garden would you like to see return?  ? Tell us more in the comments below or by tagging Laura Ashley at @lauraashleyusa or use the hashtag #lauraashleyusa.

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