Handcrafted Irish Linen Piecework Cushion


By designer-maker Katie Larmour



100% pure Irish Linen from the flax plant

16 x 16 inches (approx 41 x 41 cm), including embellishment approx 17 x 17 inches (44 x 44 cm)

Made to order

Colours in natural undyed oatmeal or classic pristine white

Backed in oatmeal colour Irish Linen 

Filled with a plush duck feather insert

Made in Ireland

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The Concept 

Our colour palate is very simple, its neutral tones connecting to the earth, conveying a serene and timeless purity. It creates a vision of light, airy, fresh, calm and peaceful surroundings, perfect for a beach house in the Hamptons. The rawness of the Irish linen texture captures the essence of nature and our rich heritage. The fine fabric has been manipulated to allow gentle movement in the relaxed drape and voluptuous fall of the petals. All of our cushions look their best just that tiny little bit wrinkly. The Rose cushion is one of our signature statement pieces, a piece to treasure. Like all our linen cushions it is designed to be mixed and matched with the others in the collection, all complimenting each other in style, material, texture and elegance. 



Each piece has been carefully constructed with precision and attention to detail using natural fibres, that is natural cloth, natural thread, natural lining and high quality duck feather and down fillers. We embrace traditional handmade artisan skills so each cushion has a precious individual beauty. Our patchwork technique is from a tradition of earlier times in Ireland, but here we are giving it a luxuriously contemporary and minimalist twist. The large petals are applied with a sculptural approach to the artistic hand-shaping of the textile, to result in objects that combine artistry and functionality. The edges have been left unfinished to enhance the visible grain and surface texture of the linen.



Our ideas are influenced by a mixture of couture fashion and nature.The floral shape alludes to the many luscious flowers of an Irish landscape, including the blue flower of the flax itself. It is translated into a decorative form of silent poetry by delicacy of material and charm, and created in a manner reminiscent of couture fashions, conjuring visions of 1950s haute couture ballgowns exuding drama and femininity through structure and vintage embellishments. This beautiful artisanal ‘rose’ is flamboyant yet delicate and charming. 

It calls to mind the words of Christian Dior - 

‘After women, flowers are the most divine creations.’ Christian Dior


What Makes Irish Linen So Special

Known as ‘the aristocrat of textiles’ and referred to as ‘white gold’ it really is a superb and unique fabric. Katie Larmour Design studio is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the home of the Irish Linen industry. Ireland was the world leader at the height of linen production a century ago, and what once was a cottage industry and then turned large scale, has now come full circle. Irish linen is again produced in small quantities today to a luxury niche market. We are passionate about keeping this wonderful textile alive. To add to its desirability in this modern world of today Irish Linen has plenty of appealing eco-friendly properties: it is cultivated using little water, without fertilisers or pesticides; it is sustainable and the whole of the natural plant is used making it a waste-free crop. Basically grown as a weed it is transformed into the most luxurious of fabrics today. The oatmeal colour is unique in that it is a mixture of the unbleached raw colour of the natural flax plant on the weft intertwined with white on the warp, resulting in a beautiful mottled effect. All our Irish Linen is certified by the Irish Linen Guild. 


Order Notes: 

Lead time estimated two weeks.


Other Colours:

We also create bespoke one-of-a-kinds (as well as small batches) in various vintage Irish Linens from the distant and not too distant past. We currently have a limited amount of grey, herringbone pattern natural and peach.

The Roses featured in our main photograph depict, in order as they descend from the top: oatmeal, white, herringbone natural.


Trade Notes:

This design will always be available in oatmeal and white.

International customers may inquire for a cushion cover only, without fillers, if preferred. 


(Some images are courtesy of Craft NI. Photography: Simon Mills, 2017.)