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What you should know before buying Antique or Vintage fabrics:
(Please be sure to read our Return Policy below before making any purchases)

Antique French textiles enhance our lives in many ways: 
  • they are beautiful:  made over 100 years ago, the printed and woven designs are beautiful and beautifully executed
  • high quality:  whether rustic, hand-woven prints or finely printed cottons or linens, antique textiles are made to standard of quality not seen in new mass marketed fabrics
  • they are unique:  many of the designs are no longer in circulation, and although sometimes reproduced, newer versions lack the authentic character of antique textiles
  • they provide a link with French culture:  are a part of France and French culture, created to accommodate French tastes and reflect changes in French culture and history
  • each piece has a story, of which our use is only the latest chapter
  • they enhance our appreciation for a slower pace of life, when textiles were made slowly and by hand for use locally
  • they are good for the environment:  giving new life to antique textiles allows us to save valuable resources that go into growing and producing new fabrics
  • they are naturally organic, having been created before the use of petrochemicals
  • they feel comfortable to wear or sleep in, as they were made from natural fibers such as cotton, linen and hemp
Here are the definitions we use to describe the age of different fabrics:
  • Antique:    Any fabric or textile considered to be 100 years or older
  • Vintage:    Any textile considered to be between 100 and 50 years old
  • Vintage Reproductions:  any textile we believe to be less than 50 years old and which is either a copy or is based on earlier designs
  • New Fabric:    Newly made fabric in new condition.  Some new fabrics may be reproductions of, or based on, antique designs but will always be clearly labelled as New.
We carefully examine each piece that we sell, and we make every effort to tell you about any noticeable imperfections.  Please note, however, that Antique and Vintage textiles are sold in an "as is" and “used” condition and Buyers should expect that there may be signs of age including one or more of the following:  fading, stains or spots, holes, and printing and weaving imperfections.  We will do our best to indicate which of these are present, and whether they affect the usability of the textile. 

For many collectors, signs of age are considered part of the charm of antique or vintage textiles and only add to their sense of history and enjoyment.  However, if you are at all concerned about the condition of any item before purchasing, or its suitability for a particular project please feel free to contact us directly at ksilen@mac.com (please have the product number(s) available for easy reference).  We also recommend ordering Color or Design Swatches before ordering fabrics that you want to use for a special project.

Please note that colors can look very different on different computer monitors and may also look very different in person.  For this reason, we encourage you to purchase Color Samples and/or Design Samples in order to see the color of the fabric, quality and weight of the fabric, and/or design scale before ordering any Antique or Vintage fabrics.  We do accept returns on Design Fabric Swatches within 90 days (please see information about Fabric Swatches in the following section).  Unfortunately, we cannot accept returns on regular orders of fabric or Color Samples (please read about our Return policy below before purchasing).

Fabric Swatches:
We offer Fabric Swatches in two sizes, depending on your needs:
  • Color Samples:             2 inches wide by 4 inches long                    $2 each*
  • Design Samples:**    8-1/2 inches wide by 11 inches long        individually priced ($10-$25 each)*
*      Prices include the cost of domestic shipping; International or overseas orders are usually an additional $10 for postage
**    Design Swatches can be returned for a full refund within 60 days of purchase; Color Swatches are not returnable.

To purchase Swatches, either:
  • Scroll through the Swatches section under the “Fabrics” category or
  • Scroll to the bottom of a fabric product page to see “Related Items” and click on the appropriate Fabric Swatch you wish to purchase
A Note About Pricing:
Compared to new fabrics of similar quality, antique fabrics are a good value.  Fabrics made using the same techniques as antique French fabrics often cost significantly more than the antique fabrics they reproduce.  Also, when you purchase textiles from La Maison Violette, you can be assured that we have gone to great lengths to search out the most beautiful and affordable antique textiles in France, and that we personally select and examine each piece before buying.  Although this is a time consuming and expensive process, the result is an exceptional collection of high quality, hard-to-find textiles.

U.S. Customs Duties:  Any textiles passing through International borders need to be declared and assessed for duties.  All textiles listed on this site have already passed through U.S. and French Customs and will not be charged any additional fees. 

International Customs Duties:
Any textiles passing through International borders need to be declared and assessed for duties.  All packages containing textiles listed on this site will be marked as being made in France (although the textiles are not marked), along with their estimated age.  Buyers outside the U.S., are solely responsible for any customs duties or fees that may be charged by their country; these are not included in the cost of shipping.  Please check with your customs office before purchasing to see if you will be charged any customs duties.  Please contact us directly should you have any questions about how packages will be labeled for customs at ksilen@mac.com or [001] 510-649-9143.

We do not accept returns on any of our Fabrics (except Design Sample Swatches), for items made from our fabrics, or for Custom-Made items.

Because we want you to be completely happy with your purchases, we offer a SAMPLE SERVICE FOR MANY OF OUR FABRICS (see information above).

We accept returns only on Clothing and Design Sample Swatches.
  Returns are possible under the following conditions:
  • Items must be returned in the same condition they were sent from our shop
  • Buyer must contact us within 7 days of receipt of returnable items to receive instructions on how to return them to us (call 510-649-9143 or email us at ksilen@mac.com)
  • Buyer is responsible for costs of shipping and insurance in both directions
  • Purchases will be refunded in the same manner they were paid for (usually through PayPal); please note that it may take up to two weeks for a refund to be credited to your account once we have received the item (although this is rare -- we want you to get your money back as soon as possible!)
  • All Returns must be received within 30 days of purchase (except Design Samples, which must be returned within 90 days)