A Patchwork History


Patchwork is one of those materials that can really transform a space from being dull into something eccentric and vibrant. Here at Chaise Longue Boutique, we think our new pieces look beautiful in patchwork, so I thought I’d give you a quick rundown on where this style originated.

Although the origin of patchwork material is much debated, it’s thought to date back to around 5000 years ago. Examples of it have been found in both China and Ancient Egypt, which ties in nicely to the belief that the Egyptians invented the chaise longue. The two go perfectly together in our designs, don’t you think?

Back in those days, it’s believed that original patchwork was probably made from left over clothing or material, in an attempt to recycle it or give it an additional use. People would also make rugs and even doormats using this technique, so as not to waste any fabric they might have had.

There was an increase in making these patchwork style quilts between the 11th and 13th Century, as the climate in Europe became much cooler and people needed to stay warm during winter. Then this tradition died out somewhat until the Great War and the Great Depression in the early 20th Century, where the need for such quilts saw a rise in popularity in both Europe and North America.

During these times, patchwork designs were typically put together by the poorer members of society out of old material. Now, patchwork is much more of a fashion statement in the home rather than a cost saving measure. Using brand new, vibrant materials of all colours, textures and prints, a chair can be transformed into a wonderful centerpiece.

We love our stylish patchwork designs, but you can even design your own by picking individual fabrics, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment or get in touch if you have any queries.