When the famous publisher and film producer William Randolph Hearst was 10, he spent 18 months with his mother on a Grand Tour of Europe, sparking his interest in art, antiques, and a lifetime of collecting. Hearst collected tapestries, paintings, architectural elements, furnishings, plus myriad other artistic and beautiful things. Most of these artifacts were antiques, but many furnishings were contemporary to Hearst’s time. In collaboration with architect Julia Morgan, he embarked on the 27-year building project of what is now known as Hearst Castle, which is situated in the hills of San Simeon on a crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Construction slowed in 1937 and stopped in 1951 when Hearst died at age 88. The Castle was never completed but remains today for all to enjoy.
Pindler & Pindler, a line of custom fabrics we carry at Knox and Panoply, continues to tell the story of Hearst’s passion for all things beautiful with its new additions to its Hearst Castle Collection, a fabulous grouping of linen embroidery, applique, velvet and chenille patterns constructed in the finest fibers and woven all over the world.
The Elysian fabric shown here is a Hearst Castle design inspired by a 19th century hand-carved throne chair with tooled and gilt leather upholstery. This spectacular piece was found in the Hearst Castle archives. Pindler’s interpretation is a gorgeous multi-color embroidered floral vine given dimension with appliqued cording, embroidered onto a beautiful soft grey linen ground. If you’d like to learn more about this line of custom fabrics for your own castle, please call us at 770-251-4557 and we’ll be happy to share more information.