Sonia has created a series of collections for interior upholstery fabrics and wallpapers inspired by Ancient Eastern patterns and artefacts which are displayed in the Victoria & Albert Museum Middle Eastern and South Asian galleries.
Both collections are inspired by hidden florals, textures and geometric shapes found within ornamental artefacts such as ceramics and rugs; additional inspiration is taken from traditional poems and stories. Inspiration is also taken from William Morris’ Persian collection and Diana Vreeland’s famous ‘Garden in Hell’ room created by Billy Baldwin.
The texture collection explores subtlety, texture, different paper qualities, textures and marks found within the ancient artefacts. Hand-carved plaster, lino printing and embossed paper have been digitised to create mark making textures, featuring a soft contemporary colours. Both complementary collections are printed onto waterproof and textured papers and high-quality fabrics from silks to velvets. The maximalism of both collections takes a new direction in a journey beyond exploring traditional pattern.