Equestrian Fabrics, Horse Fabric

Over the years we have seen an amazing array of equestrian fabrics. The reason there are so many is, it is a huge genre. There are horse fabrics, horse toile fabrics, horse and hound fabrics, horse jockey fabrics, horse racing fabrics, and on and on! There are fabrics for Western Decor,  etc.

The first horse fabric I bought was on a buying trip. It was a P.Kaufmann fabric, which had been discontinued. I bought the few yards left and took it home. This showed a fall day, with the hunt riding across the fields, with a lazy river in the background. I don’t have an image of the whole piece anymore. But, a woman sent a picture of a pillow she made, that shows a bit of it.

 

Horse Hunt Fabric
Horse Hunt Fabric

Though I did not know it at the time,
this was the beginning of our awareness of equestrian fabrics!

To see all of the horse fabrics we currently have
see the

Horse Fabric category!

Though the genre is complex,
over the years there have been very few fabrics with just horses!

 

Horse Fabric
Horse Fabric

This monochromatic horse fabric by Fired Earth shows horses running among trees.
The stripes and trees give structure to the pattern.
The stripes give a misty effect.
The effect was of horses running free on a misty morning.

 

Horse fabric by Fired Earth
Horse fabric by Fired Earth

The only other printed fabric that just had horses is also monochromatic.

This shows horses running, nuzzling, and just being horses!

 

Horse Toile Fabric
Horse Toile Fabric

Pony Fabric

 

And, it shows the cutest pony we have seen!

 

Pony Fabric
Pony Fabric

The only other fabric we have had that just had horses was not a print.
It was a lace fabric.
Unique in design it had an intriguing effect.

 

Horse Lace Fabric
Horse Lace Fabric

          Manes flying horses raced across the fabric.
They could be running across the plains or through water.
The effct was unique.

 

Horse Lace Fabric

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Many of the equestrian fabrics have been done as toiles.

Laura Ashley’s Tally Ho toile fabric had vignettes with a Regency feel.

 

Laura Ashley "Tally Ho" fabric
Laura Ashley “Tally Ho” fabric

The blue and yellow coloring was extremely popular.

 

Laura Ashley Equestrian Fabric
Laura Ashley Equestrian Fabric

It also came in red on buckskin brown.

 

Laura Ashley Equestrian Toile Fabric
Laura Ashley Equestrian Toile Fabric

Here is another equestrian toile fabric with a Georgian or Regency look. This is Waverly’s Polo Promenade. It has illustrated toile vignettes layered over one another. This came in black, blue, or sage green on a tonal background that gave a vintage look to the fabric. Note that the lady is riding an off-side sidesaddle!

 

Waverly Fabric Polo Promenade
Waverly Fabrics’ Polo Promenade

One of the most loved horse fabrics is Ralph Lauren’s Ainsworth Fabric. It has become a classic in the world of equestrian fabrics. It shows a man in classic riding attire riding through woods, with dogs along side. While there are horse and hound fabric patterns, this is really about a man enjoying a ride with his horse and dogs. The mood is calm, peaceful.

Ralph Lauren Ainsworth Equestrian Fabric
Ralph Lauren Ainsworth Equestrian Fabric

This came in a rich red, deep blue, two different browns, and black.
Colors kept being deleted and others added, to the frustration of decorators.

 

Ainsworth Horse Toile Fabric in Buckskin Brown
Ainsworth Horse Toile Fabric in Buckskin Brown

The browns are very masculine,
and the woods have the look of fall.

 

Ralph Lauren Horse Fabric
Ralph Lauren Horse Fabric

While different from Ralph Laurence horse fabric,
P.Kaufmann’s horse and hound fabric also had a classic look.

 

P.Kaufmann's Horse and Hound Fabric
P.Kaufmann’s Horse and Hound Fabric

In the main vignette a hunt is assembling before a manor house. A second smaller scene shows a  hound racing past a man jumping a fence;
another seems to be urging the jumper onward.

 

Horse Jumping Fabric
Horse Jumping Fabric

The space between the scenes acts as a frame,
allowing each vignette to stand out.

 

Horse and Hound Fabric
Horse and Hound Fabric

All of these equestrian fabrics have a mood.
The above fabrics, partially due to the design placement,
and the amount of space between the design elements,
have a very different feel from some of the scenic toile patterns.

 

P.Kaufmann Horse Hunt Fabric
P.Kaufmann Horse Hunt Fabric

This horse hunt toile just filled with motion!
And the amount of detail is incredible.

 

Red Horse Hunt Fabric
Red Horse Hunt Fabric

Everything to do with the hunt seems to have been included.

There are deer, quail, and water fowl,
with dogs, horses, and huntsmen,
filling the fabric.

 

Red Hunting Toile Fabric
Red Hunting Toile Fabric

Some of the design elements of the Kaufmann toile
can be seen in this Schumacher toile fabric.
More of an historical toile fabric,
it has a somber feel.

 

Schumacher Horse Toile Fabric
Schumacher Horse Toile Fabric

The Schumacher toile has many of the same design elements.

 

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The man and woman riding side by side, the  house, stream and bridge with the carriage,
and the running deer are all here, but many of them have been reversed.

 

Schumacher European Toile Fabric
Schumacher European Toile Fabric

The man walking with the dogs has been changed-
the headgear in the Schumacher fabric is a chapeau bras.

And the Schumacher fabric also has a deer resting under a
directional sign post.

While the scenes are separate in the Schumacher fabric,
the diagonal grid fills the space, adding an antique look to the fabric.

 

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See all of the horse fabrics available in the

Horse Fabric Category.

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