de Gournay’s New Colourways For Design, ‘A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains’

Recently, de Gournay has launched new colourways for its design, ‘A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains’

The Emperor’s Collection – A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains

de Gournay’s latest wallpaper design, ‘A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains’ is a stunning testament to the ancient aesthetics of China’s Song Dynasty; an era of rich cultural expression whose works inspired the first painted wallpapers that captivated 18th Century Europe; igniting a craze for the ‘Chinese’ style and its subsequent re-interpretations into the vibrant Chinoiseries for which the company are famed today.

 ‘A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains’ design is based on a renowned scroll painting by artist Wang Ximeng, made for the Emperor Huizong (one of the early Song emperors) and often referred to as one of the greatest works of Chinese Art. Huizong, also an artist, considered the main purpose of painting to be the attainment of a ‘poetic idea’, informing and inspiring other artisans of the era. de Gournay’s ‘Original’ colourway employs the rich turquoise and vivid yellows of Wang Ximeng’s artwork, reminiscent of the earlier Tang period. In a scene that is both dramatic and poetic, a crescendo of rolling mountains undulate across the landscape with boats resting gently upon a calm river in the foreground, magnifying the quiet power of the soaring peaks.

A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains in Original Design Colours on Edo Golden Brown Painted Xuan Paper

A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains in Original Design Colours on Edo Golden Brown Painted Xuan Paper

In recent weeks, de Gournay have launched several new colourways for the design. As part of an exclusive collaboration with furniture brand Giorgetti for the 2016 Salone Del Mobile fair, de Gournay unveiled the new ‘Charcoal’ colourway. On Giorgetti’s stand at the fair, the ‘Charcoal’ colourway was hand painted onto a Gilded Tea Paper ground, its tarnished silver tones muted with a Mother-of-Pearl antique finish. The wallpaper provided a magnificent backdrop to Giorgetti’s latest furniture collection in a dynamic interplay between the traditional and contemporary. Also on display on the Giorgetti stand and in their Milan Atelier were three panels of the design in the ‘Charcoal’ colourway hand painted onto a Tarnished Silver Gilded Silk ground and a Bleached White dyed silk; the bold brushstrokes, evocative of Chinese ink paintings, perfectly echoed the curved forms of Giorgetti’s 2016 collection.

Rivers and Mountains in Charcoal Colourway on Gilded Tea Paper with Mother of Pearl Antique Finish

Rivers and Mountains in Charcoal Colourway on Gilded Tea Paper with Mother of Pearl Antique Finish

A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains in Charcoal colourway on Bleached White Dyed Silk

A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains in Charcoal colourway on Bleached White Dyed Silk

 A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains in Charcoal colourway on Tarnished Silver Gilded Silk

A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains in Charcoal colourway on Tarnished Silver Gilded Silk

In addition to the ‘Charcoal’ colourway, de Gournay also recently launched the ‘Delft’ colourway which is rendered in rich tones of blue on a white silk base, similar to traditional Chinese porcelain but christened ‘Delft’ in reference to its emergence into European markets.

A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains in 'Delft’ Colourway on Bleached White Dyed Silk

A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains in ‘Delft’ Colourway on Bleached White Dyed Silk

Claud Cecil Gurney, founder of de Gournay, comments on the new ‘Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains’ design saying… “It is the blend of history, mythology, religion and poetry that exists in the traditional Chinese murals and scrolls that have created the most entrancing paintings ever conceived by man. We at de Gournay have just started dipping into this most important and unique mural history in order to revive and recreate the traditions and the paintings from Chinese history. It is without doubt the most exciting design resource in the world and, as always, we will do our best to remain faithful to the originals whilst adapting the scale and colours to harmonise with modern interiors and contemporary living. Watch this space as de Gournay researches the most important resource of beautiful designs and murals in the world.”

For more information and to view our complete range of collections please visit www.degournay.com

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