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Ancient Madder Silk Paisley Bow Tie in Buff, Red, Black - Fort Belvedere
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Fort Belvedere 4054956020021

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- 100% Madder silk in Beuatiful Buff
- English Printed Fabric
- Made by hand
- Adjustable size
- Shipped in Fort Belvedere gift box
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What you need to know

Real Ancient Madder silk has been a staple in the connoisseur's closet for many years. It is easy to appreciate the rich yet subtle colors of ancient Madder red, indigo blue, buff or green, but what exactly does Madder mean and why is it so popular?

For centuries, madder dye was derived from the Rubua Rubiaceae plant, which is the reason it is often referred to as ancient Madder. The madder red color is created by using alizarine, which is obtained by grinding the roots of the plant. Starting in the 1860s, the red dye could be produced in a lab, and today, all madder colors must be produced chemically, yet the name remains the same.

What makes this Buff & Red Paisley Bow Tie so special?

1. Real Ancient Madder. Only a few silk printers are capable of producing madder silks anymore. Fort Belvedere sources its fabric from England, the home of Real Ancient Madder. This paisley pattern is bold and the red is rich. The combination is perfect for the dapper dandy or men who already has a few ties in his closet.

2. Chalky feel. Madder ties feature a distinctive chalky feel, which is achieved by adding the formerly stripped natural gum back to the silk. This complicated process results in beautiful, rare fabric which makes you look particularly debonair:

3. Made by hand with a fine cotton interlining, resulting in a crisp look and soft feel.

4. The ends are pointed and the shape is classic, providing you with a unique combination that is perfect for social gatherings or business.

5. It's easily adjusted to any size and if preferred.

6. The tied bow tie will have dimensions of approx. 4" by 2" or 10 cm by 5 cm.

What is Buff?

Buff is a color blend of beige with pale yellow. It is very popular in England and often worn to create a contrast that is not too strong. The beauty of the buff color is that it is not as strong as a sunflower yellow and closer to a pastel yellow without being too pale. Because of that, you can easily combine it with all sorts of suits and shirts. 

We also offer the same bow tie pattern in red with buff and black. On top of that we offer a tie in the same buff paisley fabric. 

Madder Silk Buff & Red Bow Tie Style Tips

Ideally, a bow tie should never be tied to look perfectly symmetrical. because it would look too much like a pre-tied cheap version, and who wants to look cheap? Instead, you should tie your bow tie with a bit of nonchalance or sprezzatura, meaning intentionally off kilter with one end a little longer than the other, one side higher than the other, or a tight or a loose knot to achieve bow tie perfection.

One of the great bow tie wearers was Winston Churchill and he always wore a very debonair, slightly askew bow tie. Most modern bow ties suffer from poor interlining and boring shapes - not so with this Fort Belvedere bow tie. Inspired by the 1930's, this bow tie shape is much smaller than the versions from the 1970s or even the 1990s, resulting in a more subtle, sophisticated appearance. If you combine this bow tie with any other pointed Fort belvedere bow tie, you can mix patterns and textures for example madder paisley with wool challis polka dot.

Paisley madder bow ties are quintessentially English. The paisley is magnificent and beautiful. As such it pairs well with business suits of all colors but also more casual ensemble and country attire. The unusual buff bow tie color will make a lasting impression without being shiny like silk satin or over the top loud. To add a bit of contrast to your outfit, we recommend a wool pocket square and / or a boutonniere.

How to Store This Bow Tie

Simply untie your bow just like you would untie your shoes - your bow tie will last longer and look better that way. Store it hanging or laying flat, it is up to you. 

Signature Green Gift Box

This bow tie comes in heavy Fort Belvedere box, perfect unadorned for a gift box, storage or travel.


If you have questions, or need style advice in choosing a bow tie for yourself or someone else, let us know, we are happy to help.

SKU: 4054956020021