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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 £41.40 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.

Free UK Delivery on all orders over £80*


  • 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.

    AUTHOR will deliver your product as quickly and as carefully as possible. We pride ourselves on our fastidious packaging and despatch service. Where our products are handmade, your order could take a matter of weeks; in these instances we will provide you an approx. leadtime and then keep you updated by phone or email as to the progress of your order. Where there’s a short wait for hand-crafted items made in small batches or for a custom order, trust us; it’s always worth it. Any item intended as a gift is beautifully wrapped, as standard.

    Orders under £80 incur a delivery charge of £7. Delivery is free for orders of standard products over £80. Delicate or non-standard pieces are marked as such and incur a delivery fee depending on your location and the size/weight of the piece.


  • 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. 

What our customers say...

I have been buying from Author for sometime now and have been very impressed and satisfied by the quality of design and workmanship.