The Story of Antique Textiles and Lighting
Joanna Proops, the owner of Antique Textiles and Lighthing, has had a lifelong love of beautiful antique fabrics, sewing and embroidery. She was making her own clothes by the age of ten, and has taught herself the skills necessary to painstakingly repair rare damaged fabrics.
She began her involvement with the antiques trade in the 1970s. At that time almost no-one had an interest in antique textiles: charity shops were actually putting rare and beautiful hand made lace on the bonfire because nobody wanted it. But Joanna was certain that there would come a time when others would see the beauty and value of 18th and 19th century textiles, and became determined, with the aid of a bank loan, to rescue as much as she could of the beautiful linens, silks and brocades.
At that time she was working with her husband on a small antiques stall in Bath's Guinea Lane Market. In the 1990s she moved into the Bartlett Street Antiques Market, then took over a shop in Saville Row which she ran for several years, before moving to her current premises on Lansdown Hill.
Many antique shops in Bath have been forced to close or move away in recent years. Antique Textiles and Lighting has survived due to the quality of the stock for sale, and the specialist knowledge of the owner. It is this which also won the shop the distinguished accolade of the British Antiques and Collectables Award for the best Antiques, Textiles and Lighting Shop in the UK.
All the items on sale are real antiques: the shop does not sell reproductions at all. The majority of the fabrics date from the 17th to the 19th century. The fragile nature of many of the items means that they are unsuitable for sending by post, which is why the shop does not sell online or by mail order. If you see anything that you like on this site you are urged to visit the shop or phone to speak to Joanna directly.
Location and Opening
The location of the shop offers the advantage that usually it is possible to park outside: or, if you are feeling fit enough to manage the climb, it is about 10 minutes walk from the town centre. Opening hours are from 10am to 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. If you are coming from a long distance please ring in advance to check - due to staff illness these times are not guaranteed. If these times are impossible for you, private opening can be arranged in advance through a phone call to the shop on (44) 01225 310795. We are happy to agree to reasonable requests.