We create a dream of sophisticated colour with a vision to elude the ordinary
Baigali Designs is a family business, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dedicated to bringing you exciting, classic and timeless designed accessories that complement the best of interiors by celebrating colour, Scottish design, originality, elegance and rugged luxury.
Since our launch in 2017, we have been passionate about creating a range of original, handmade and beautiful soft furnishings for your home. Our designs are created by Lesley Pugsley, they reflect Scotland’s rich culture and are inspired by the vibrant colours and gentle hues of Scotland's unique landscapes.
We are very lucky to live in Scotland, where there is an abundance of inspiration in our stunning scenery with rugged coastlines, beautiful lochs, mysterious islands, magnificent hills and rocky mountains.
Where did the name 'Baigali' come from?
Lesley met her husband in Hong Kong while working as an expatriate nurse on the island, the name Baigali is derived from a Cantonese interpretation of the name ‘Pugsley’ - Bai Ga Li (白 加 利) meaning "pure additional success", we chose this name as it is personal to us, unusual and unique, we thought this also captured the essence of Lesley's designs.
While living in Paris as a teenager, Lesley was taught to sew by a retired Chanel seamstress,, this grew into a love of woolen fabric, embroidery and design. Her creative embroidery studies in Edinburgh combined with many travels around the world and a love of Scotland's landscapes mixed with early memories of growing up in the Scottish Borders and family holidays in the highlands of Scotland can all be found in her unique designs.
Her passion for experimenting with mixing fabrics and her knowledge of wool create unique and vibrant cushions and throws.
Cheviot - this collection is inspired by the gentle rolling Cheviot hills which span across the border between Scotland and England. For centuries these hills and valleys were the stomping grounds of the infamous Border Reivers, they also left a legacy of fortified buildings and overgrown ruins which I explored while growing up in Kelso. Each cushion has two different types of fabric with a diagonal border between them representing the tension that has prevailed in this lovely area of Scotland.
Cuillen - this collection is inspired by the rocky Cuillen (Scottish Gaelic An Cuitheann) range of mountains on the Isle of Sky and Rum, when I visit the area in Summer they can appear dark grey, blue and pink when viewed from the surrounding islands. Each design has a central paisley or thistle pattern representing the sea and the abundance of wild thistles on the mountain, each pattern is influenced by the seasonal colours and the varying sunlight on the mountain.
Eildon - this design is inspired by the three Eildon hills near Melrose in the Scottish borders where I grew up. My favourite view is from Scott's view (named after Sir Walter Scott) where you can see the three magnificant Eildon hills. The colours of these hills and surrounding area provide a moody colour contrast that is used in my designs and the three buttons on the cushions represent the three hills.
Galloway - this collection of cushion covers is inspired by the beautiful Galloway hills and the wool patterns used are similar to the dramatic colours appearing as the wild weather sweeps up the Solway Firth and Irish sea. Each design has a central banding of fabric and trimming which is influenced by the unique breeds of belted Galloway cattle and belted breed of pigs found in the area.
Ochil - this design is inspired by the Ochil hills of the Forth valley between Stirling and Perth. The Ochil hills are a long range of steeply sided, round topped hills, stretching 25 miles from the Firth of Tay to Stirling. There are many peaks over 2,000 ft offering splendid views across central Scotland and to the north. Scotland's monarchy frequently hunted in this area, this design therefore contains sumptuous fabrics such as velvets and soft wool, tassles, fringing and beautiful buttons to give a regal appearance. Both sides of the cushion can be displayed.
Staffa - this beautiful collection of cushion covers is inspired by the geology formed from natural hexagonal jointed basalt columns on the Isle of Staffa, this is Scotland's giant's causeway. I have visited Staff many times with my daughter who is a PhD student in Geology, it is a magical place and is part of the same geologic rock formation as Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway, created as part of a volcanic eruption 55 million years ago. My design contains columns of fabric to mimic these natural formations, giving a unique and vibrant look to each cushion.
Trossachs - this design is inspired by the Trossach hills that are generally referred to as an area of wooded glens, braes, and lochs lying to the east of Ben Lomond in the Stirling area of Scotland, also home to Hill House which is considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece. Working to a commission from Glasgow book publisher Walter Blackie, up-and-coming architect Mackintosh and his wife Margaret created amazing furniture and textiles. My inspiration may be tenuous, however whenever I think of these hills I invisage the Bella Epoque period which consists of the art nouveau and arts & crafts movements. Bella Epoque means 'beautiful era', this was a period of increasing wealth and flourishing arts in Glasgow which allowed Glaswegians to roam the Trossachs hills. Each cushion therefore contains Bella Epoque designs that bring alive this exciting period.
We are committed to trading ethically throughout our business. We review our supply chain, from the creation of our products through to the disposal of our packaging material, in a way that enhances the environment for our suppliers and our customers. We deal ethically with everyone we meet, in an honest, open and collaborative way and we only deal with suppliers who have a similar ethical code. We favour woollen mills that are able to support proper working conditions and we ensure there is no child labour or any other unacceptable exploitation.
The majority of our products contain fabrics made from natural fibres and as we develop our products we aim to increase our use of natural fibres and source most of our fabric from Scotland. We aim to remove all single use plastic within the business and recycle all our waste paper and cardboard.
Our office in Edinburgh is powered by solar panels and a hot water solar thermal system.
All our packaging materials can be recycled, all remnants and end of line fabrics are also up-cycled.. Our scrap fabric will be donated to various children's charities. We do not use single use plastic carrier bags, most of our packaging is made from recycled materials.
We are in the process of developing our charity policy.