The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (known as The Decorative Fair) is a family-owned event that launched in 1985 to specifically unite the antiques and interior design trades. We hold three events each year: a Winter Fair in late January, a Spring Fair in mid-May and an Autumn Fair during the busy ‘design season’ in late September/early October.
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The Fair was originally devised by dealer Patricia Harvey when the design trade was looking for more unusual antiques rarely available at the major London antiques fairs. Her aim was to give decorators and designers everything they wanted under one roof, and brought together a wide range of decorative antiques and twentieth century design mixed with formal antiques, collectors’ items, art and accessories: the formula proved an instant hit. Many exhibitors present room-sets, providing inspiration on how to display items imaginatively.
In 1997 we pioneered a marquee venue in Battersea Park, now Evolution London. Ten years later exhibitors David and Jane Juran took the helm, retaining the Fair’s uniquely friendly spirit and vibrancy.
Packing, delivery and export services are available on site. We’re a dog-friendly event, although we do require dogs to be well-behaved and kept on a lead at all times when inside the venue.
Here’s what interior designers and exhibitors say about us:
I always try to go… it remains one of my favourite interior design-orientated outings. Jenny Gibbs, Founder & Principal, KLC School of Design
It was a real pleasure to be involved… it is the best show running. Shapero Rare Books
More than half our sales are made to young people aged between 25 and 40… [which] gives the lie to the traditionally held view that young people do not buy antiques. Certainly at the Decorative Fair they buy from us. Brian Watson Antique Glass
I was interested by the mix of new and old and the chance to see quirky items that provide a “twist” to completing a contemporary decoration project. Michael Nicholas Design
What our visitors say:
We strict-observance Modernists are wary of antiques, preferring the new to the old, but I rarely miss The Decorative Antiques Fair. Why, if I’m not looking for antiquities, do I bother? The answer’s simple: I’m looking for well-designed objects that transcend time. If something looks good and works well, it doesn’t matter how old it is. SB
Congratulations. This was the first Decorative Fair my wife and I have attended, and we were most impressed. Antique Fairs have become rather boring for me, and so the inclusion of so much 20th century material was very stimulating. Above all, the quality of everything we saw indicated that you choose your “stall-holders” with considerable care. JB