Collection: Bird Fabrics

The history of bird-themed fabrics dates back centuries, reflecting the enduring fascination humans have had with avian life. Birds have been a source of inspiration for textile design across various cultures and periods.

  1. Medieval and Renaissance Periods: In medieval and Renaissance Europe, bird motifs were often depicted in tapestries and woven fabrics. These textiles adorned castles and noble households, showcasing intricate designs featuring birds like peacocks, swans, and exotic species brought back from explorations.

  2. 18th and 19th Centuries: During the 18th and 19th centuries, the popularity of chintz fabrics soared in Europe. Chintz, often originating from India, featured vibrant floral and bird patterns. English chintzes, in particular, showcased intricate designs with meticulously painted birds like pheasants, parrots, and songbirds.

  3. Arts and Crafts Movement: In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Arts and Crafts Movement placed emphasis on handmade goods. Textile designers like William Morris incorporated bird motifs into their fabric designs. Morris' wallpapers and fabrics often featured stylized and naturalistic bird patterns.

  4. Mid-20th Century: Mid-century modern design also embraced bird motifs in fabrics. Designers like Marimekko introduced bold, graphic prints that sometimes included bird imagery. These designs were often characterised by simplicity and vibrant colors.

  5. Contemporary Era: In recent times, bird-themed fabrics continue to evolve. They can be found in various forms, from traditional to modern designs, catering to different tastes and interior styles. Whether it's through realistic depictions or abstract interpretations, birds remain a popular motif in textile design.

The fascination with birds in fabrics is timeless, often symbolising freedom, beauty, and nature's diversity. These designs have persisted through changing design movements, reflecting both cultural admiration for avian life and the enduring appeal of incorporating nature into art and design.

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  • Cats & Magpies on pink Upholstery
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Cats & Magpies on pink Upholstery
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  • Cockatoo fabric Lime Upholstery
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric 1 Metre / Cotton canvas medium Cockatoo fabric Lime Upholstery
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  • Cats & Magpies on pink
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Cats & Magpies on pink
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  • Cockatoo Garden on Soft Aqua
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric 50cm Cockatoo Garden on Soft Aqua
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  • Cockatoo fabric ~ Sky Blue
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric 50cm Cockatoo fabric ~ Sky Blue
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  • Willie Wagtails, Blue Wren & Robins Peach
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Cotton Sateen / 1 Metre / Peach Willie Wagtails, Blue Wren & Robins Peach
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  • Hummingbird Song Floral
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Hummingbird Song Floral
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  • Watercolour Peacock Feathers and Flowers
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric 1 metre / Cotton Sateen / Sage Green Watercolour Peacock Feathers and Flowers
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  • Pink Cockatoo and Gum Blossoms Cream
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Roll Pink Cockatoo and Gum Blossoms Cream
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  • Watercolour Peacock Dance Sage Green
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Watercolour Peacock Dance Sage Green
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  • Watercolour Peacock Feathers Cream
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Watercolour Peacock Feathers Cream
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  • Watercolour Peacock Dance Cream
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Watercolour Peacock Dance Cream
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  • Fairy Wrens by Fabriculture
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Fairy Wrens by Fabriculture
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  • Christmas Magpie Songs
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric 1 metre / Green / Cotton sateen Christmas Magpie Songs
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  • Blue Wren on Sage Green
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Blue Wren on Sage Green
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  • Blue Wren on Blue
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Blue Wren on Blue
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  • Rainbow Lorikeet, King Parrot & Galah - Interiors & Upholstery
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric 100% Linen 220gsm / 1 metre / Sage Green Rainbow Lorikeet, King Parrot & Galah - Interiors & Upholstery
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  • Willie Wagtails, Blue Wren & Robins - Interiors Scale
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Premium Woven Cotton 150gsm / 1 Metre / Oat Willie Wagtails, Blue Wren & Robins - Interiors Scale
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  • Willie Wagtails, Blue Wren & Robins
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Cotton sateen / 1 metre / Oat Willie Wagtails, Blue Wren & Robins
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  • Rainbow Lorikeet, King Parrot & Galah
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Cotton Sateen / 1 metre / Sage Green Rainbow Lorikeet, King Parrot & Galah
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  • Willie Wagtail Fabric
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric White Willie Wagtail Fabric
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  • Kingfisher Dance Fabric Blue
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Kingfisher Dance Fabric Blue
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  • Magpies in the Bush Blue
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric 1 Metre / Premium woven cotton sateen 150gsm Magpies in the Bush Blue
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  • Kookaburra line up Fabric Blue
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric 1 Metre / Premium woven cotton sateen 150gsm Kookaburra line up Fabric Blue
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  • Galah Fabric Green
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric 1 Metre / Premium woven cotton sateen 150gsm Galah Fabric Green
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  • Kookaburra fabric on Peach
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Kookaburra fabric on Peach
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  • Elegant Kookaburra Cream
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Premium Woven Cotton sateen 150 gsm / 1 Metre / Small Elegant Kookaburra Cream
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  • Budgerigar on Cream
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Premium woven Cotton Sateen 150gsm / 1 Metre Budgerigar on Cream
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  • Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo on blue
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Cotton Sateen / 1 Metre Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo on blue
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  • Elegant Kookaburra on Green
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Premium Quality Woven Cotton sateen 150gsm / 1 Metre Elegant Kookaburra on Green
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  • Cats & Magpies on Green
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Premium Quality Woven Cotton 150gsm / 1 Metre Cats & Magpies on Green
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  • Lyrebird Dance on Green
    Australiana Fabrics Fabric Premium Woven Cotton sateen 150gsm / 1 Metre Lyrebird Dance on Green
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