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William Clark

Dappled Beetle Fabric by William Clark for AUTHOR: the home of British-made luxury furniture and interior accessories

Regular price £43.50 Sale

Expertly made in Northern Ireland using traditional techniques by the talented artisans at William Clark & Sons.

This unique linen for decorative interiors is created using traditional manufacturing practices with a modern twist. Beetling involves linen fabric being impregnated with a starch mix and wound around a wooden beam. The beam of linen is then turned slowly and pounded with heavy wooden beetles. The fabric is pounded by beetling hammers for a total of 140 hours. This unique technique produces a flat surface with a high lustre making the linen beautifully fine. Behaving like raw silk, beetled linen takes on added character with moisture or water adding to the tonal markings on this fabric. Suitable for Roman Blinds, Curtains, Cushions and Lampshades.

Please note that the prices above are per metre.


  • Select 'Luxury Gift Wrapping' in BAG and, for £3.50 per gift ordered, we will wrap the gift beautifully in one of our luxury gift boxes with tissue paper, ribbon and seasonal decoration. We can also add a personalised message at no extra cost, which you can provide in the 'notes' section in CHECKOUT.


  • Two widths available: 79cm (76cm usable) and 132cm (129cm usable).

  • Up to 7 days if in stock. Due to the traditional manufacturing process of this characterful cloth, please be aware there may be a lead time on orders as the production of this slow design needs to be scheduled.

    Orders under £250 incur a delivery charge of £7. Standard Delivery is free in the UK for orders over £250. Excludes fragile or large pieces flagged as requiring specialist carriage; in these instances you must provide the AUTHOR team your contact details, and info about your order via our contact form and we'll reply to discuss your delivery needs and provide you with a delivery quote to complete your order. Or call us during office hours.


  • If you are ordering for delivery to an international address, you can check-out now and buy online in your local currency to secure your purchase, which will be zero VAT rated thereby reducing the price you pay by 20%. Currency conversion charges apply. Thereafter, the AUTHOR team will contact you promptly to complete your order by providing a shipping estimate, which will be charged separately by AUTHOR. Be assured, AUTHOR have negotiated competitive international shipping costs from reliable couriers. Please note, you may need to account for import VAT, duties/customs to the country being delivered to; AUTHOR is here to help with this. If you want to talk to the Author team first before ordering, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Also note, you have the option of a full refund should any issues arise in arranging international delivery.


  • Professional cleaning is advised.
Why we love this product

An exquisite contemporary design created using traditional manufacturing.

This stunning linen is ideal for a range of interior soft furnishings, so much so that we have made our beautiful Dappled Beetle Cushions with it. Made in Northern Ireland, it is available in two colour ways, Dark Slate and Drab. Dark Slate has cooler, blue tones whilst Drab is a warming sandy colour. It is rare to see a linen have such a lustre to it, this is due to the unique manufacturing process which creates the beautiful water mark effect. Both are sophisticated and fitting for either contemporary or traditionally styled bedrooms, lounges or sitting rooms.