Timorous Beasties

Timorous Beasties is a textile design and manufacturing company founded in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons. The name Timorous Beasties comes from the Robert Burns poem, "To a Mouse."

Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim'rous beastie, 
O, what a panic's in thy breastie! 
Thou need na start awa sae hasty, 
Wi' bickering brattle! 
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee, 
Wi' murd'ring pattle!


Timorous Beasties defines their creation as a nightmarish vision of contemporary Glasgow inspired by traditional textiles such as Toile de Jouy and white damask. Their early prints used motifs of fauna and flora derived from illustrated encyclopedias. McAuley and Simmons also execute special commissions,.


Floral 01 London Toile
Digital Iguana Tree of Life
Bird Branch 1614L Thistle 1614L








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