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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.

Select luxury gift wrapping in CART for just £3.50 per gift or accessory 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 for you which you can provide in the ‘notes' section at checkout

Free UK-wide Delivery on all orders over £80*

We ship globally. For orders to an address outwith UK, contact us to arrange international shipping to USA, Australia, mainland Europe and beyond.


  • 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 concierge despatch services, no request is too much trouble. Do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss delivery. Where our products are handmade, your order could take a matter of weeks; in these instances we will provide you with an approx. lead-time 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 can be beautifully wrapped, just tick this option in CART. Gift wrapping is a complimentary service to our AUTHOR Society members.

    UK orders under £80 incur a delivery charge of £7. Delivery is free in the UK for orders over £80. Delicate or non-standard pieces are marked as such and incur a delivery fee depending on your location in the UK and the size/weight of the piece. International orders do incur a shipping cost which is calculated on size, weight and location of delivery address. An invoice will be sent separately from as little as £15. For further information please refer to our payment and delivery page.


  • 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...

Jane , I just wanted to thank you and your team very much for sorting the majority of my Christmas Presents out last year and on a continuing basis of assisting with Birthday Gifts and thank you gifts on the business front . 

Your growing inventory of lovely works of art and furniture  small and large is really something to behold as is your range of beautifully merchandised range of products . 

The selection advice is always first class as is the most beautiful wrapping , presentation and delivery service .... really rather unique and personal in today’s mass produced world .