Every Spartina product comes with a story. When choosing names for each season’s collections, Spartina’s creative team draws from Daufuskie Island’s lush natural environment and rich cultural heritage. Enjoy these stories about the people, places, and historical events that have supplied the inspiration for the Spartina 449 pattern names.
Scroll down or click on one of the swatches below to view the story behind the pattern.
MAREENAInspired by the twists and turns of perhaps the most beloved mermaid tale ever written, our embroidered, Mareena pattern celebrates A Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson. With a flip of her tail, Mareena criss-crosses the deep blue sea and royal sands for true love. Curious, passionate and undeterred, she goes after precisely what she wants and is rewarded for her altruistic heart. The golden threads of our Mareena pattern are a small reminder that you may have a heart of gold, too.
CORABefore our lighthouses were built to guide ships to the Savannah River, when Daufuskie’s waterway was active with night-sailing vessels, sailors reported seeing a golden, underwater light in the shape of a maiden, Cora, known to guide these boats around each other and through our marshy Southern waters. Playful enough to attract even the most stubborn sailors and wise enough to know the way, Cora sightings would occur most often when the waters were full of boats, suggesting that she loved visitors! Like our legendary, local mermaid, our inspired Cora pattern is full of hypnotic shapes and lines that lead you around one design to the next.
LORELEIListen closely as you pass by Loreley Rock in Germany’s Rhine River, and you might hear the legendary echo of a sister siren from long ago. As the poem goes, perched high upon this steep, slate rock, the stunning river maiden, Lorelei sings of her lost love as she combs her golden tresses. So enchanting is her beauty and hypnotic her song that she unwittingly lures sailors toward her, causing many a wreckage upon the rock. Some feared her beguiling power, but to us, Lorelei’s two-fold power is courage — to fully, completely and truly love another and to be herself, letting others hear her song and see her shine. Our slate-colored, herringbone Lorelei pattern has a beautiful, hypnotic rhythm to its design, likely to lure compliments everywhere you go!
YEMAYAEbb & flow. Ups & downs. The mother-ocean goddess Yemaya endures it all. Said to have ruled the most powerful waterway in Nigeria, Yemaya sailed with Africans who were brought into the New World to watch over them as they endured the perilous journey. Comforting and compassionate, Yemaya’s energy flows through seashells, and folklore says she gave shells to humans so they could hear her voice just as a mother would. To honor this mothering mermaid, we offer our Yemaya pattern: a blooming bouquet of abundant florals and flourishes.
BOHÈMEDrawn to Tybee Island originally in search of the “miraculous” aromatic sassafras root, the French brought influence to our shore that’s still alive today. Tybee’s eclectic personality, a passion for the arts, its bohemian beach culture and an abiding appreciation for every day beauty undoubtedly embrace joie de vivre! With a nod to classic, block-print French textiles, our Bohème paisley pattern pairs open water blues with spicy, root-inspired hues, giving this design a lovely je ne sais quo.
PRIVATEERSailing the high seas during 18th century, young Edward Teach, a commissioned privateer during the Queen Anne’s War, was a talented mariner in the Royal Navy who went on to become the legendary pirate Blackbeard. When not in the West Indies, he frequented Georgia’s coastal islands, the perfect trove of secret hiding spots for ships and treasure! We think our Privateer pattern is a treasure, too. Designed as a “new classic,” these botanical silhouettes easily complement your legendary style.
SALT MEADOWQuietly rowing in dugout canoes through Georgia’s waterways, the Euchee tribe hunted and camped the coastal islands for hundreds of years. In fact, these Native Americans discovered and gave our beloved Tybee its name, which means “salt.” Inspired by the twists and turns of the saltwater marshes, we imparted colorful flavor into our Salt Meadow design of sprouting petals and curling paisleys. A lush and lavish print full of surprises!
TYBRISAAt the turn of the century, if you were looking for Southern revelry (or just a rest in the shade), the Tybrisa Pier & Pavillion was the place to be. Built in 1891 by the Central of Georgia Railroad, it quickly became a popular attraction with its open, breezy dance floor set against the Atlantic Ocean’s beachy backdrop, making it a renowned venue for big band tours. Today, it’s still the best spot for shag dancing and watching the sun slip beyond the sea. We like to think that the past and present are always crossing paths, much like our Tybrisa pattern. Interlocking ovals link arm-in-arm atop a sea-faring navy blue for a look that stands the test of time.
DE RENNEIf it weren’t for the De Renne family, early Georgian history would be lost to the echoes of time. From their ancestral roots at Wormsloe to housing the family’s manuscript collection in the University of Georgia Library, three generations of De Rennes diligently collected and published nearly 15,000 primary works that chronicled colonial and state history. Such commitment does not go unnoticed. That’s why we designed our library-inspired, De Renne pattern to represent the twists, turns, ups and downs history weaves, reminding us that all roads lead home.
ELFRIDAAs the guiding light of the Poetry Society of Georgia, Elfrida De Renne Barrow welcomed quality over quantity with her own beautifully notable poems. As a historian and founder of the Wormsloe Foundation, she championed her family’s tradition of publishing new, historical works through the University of Georgia Press. For these and so many other efforts, in 2008 Elfrida more than earned her posthumous place among the Georgia Women of Achievement. Today, we are humbled to honor her generous nature and her zeal for preservation with our Elfrida pattern, blooming with historic hues and classic botanicals.
MULBERRY GROVEEarly days at Wormsloe Plantation were ripe with agricultural endeavors: cotton, grains, vegetables, fruits and a curious grove of mulberry trees. Planted not for fruit but for leaves, the mulberry grove was sown with high hopes of nourishing a successful silkworm venture. Those uniquely designed leaves inspired our Mulberry Grove pattern. Ever burgeoning with lobed leaflets and prodigious branches, each sophisticated flourish is a nod to this historic orchard.
HEYWARDOur new Heyward pattern is celebrated in our Southern State of Mind collection for two very good reasons—both of them honoring one of the most distinguished family names in The South. First, are the two iconic homes found in old town Bluffton: the Cole-Heyward House, currently serving as the official Welcome Center and Town Museum. Built in 1841 by John J. Cole for his young bride to escape the inland summers, this rare antebellum home has been beloved and impeccably preserved for 170 years. The second home is the D. Hassell Heyward House, a classic Southern abode with a wide, winning front porch that is so welcoming that we made it our Flagship Store!
The second reason for celebrating “Heyward” are the people themselves: with a lineage that includes a signer of the Declaration of Independence, “The South’s greatest rice planter,” a governor of South Carolina, a mayor of Bluffton and the playwright who penned “Porgy & Bess,” the Heyward name is an institution in these parts. And the Heyward pattern feels just as classic and genteel, yet fresh and inviting. The pattern’s balmy lime hue greets a lovely lattice motif with stylish twists and turns, delightfully suggesting that our screen doors, and our kindred hearts, are always open.
SEVEN OAKSSimple and stately, Seven Oaks is a Bluffton treasure. Built in 1850, this cotton-white, two-story manor features double verandas and two, steeple-like chimneys. Today, it’s the rectory for the iconic, historic Church of the Cross. It’s an unmistakable Southern belle. And the name? Seven Oaks is derived from the seven, immense, oak stumps that were built into the structure of the house and still support it today. Paying homage to the beautiful, contrasting exterior of Seven Oaks, we paired an elegant ivory background with distinctive black linear pattern—double lines, in fact—to represent the dual features of the home, and of course, the oak leaf. We love this classic combination and believe this pattern is destined to be as timeless as Seven Oaks itself.
CARSON COTTAGENow a cozy and beloved bakery and café, The Cottage on eclectic Calhoun Street has been welcoming people home since distinguished soldier J.J. Carson built it in 1868. So warm and welcoming was the cottage that its front room became the inaugural home of Bluffton’s First Baptist Church in 1902. Today, the front porch invites colorful locals and visitors alike to sit for a spell amidst garden flowers to enjoy a cup of afternoon tea. Inspired by The Cottage’s charming Southern porch, we designed a gracious and vibrant floral pattern that is as welcoming and comforting as a freshly made scone. Stop on by and say "hello" to Leslie and then wander next door to our Spartina Flagship store.
MAY RIVERCool and constant, the May River is a natural treasure for Bluffton locals and visitors alike. In fact, the bluffs overlooking the May River are what gave charming Bluffton its name. One of the oldest and most favorite spots along the waterway is the popular Bluffton Oyster Company, known for their fresh, local oysters and other fine seafood. The company, like any good Southerner, keeps tradition, which is why all their prized oysters are still harvested and shucked by hand. The building itself sits upon more than a hundred years of shucked shells! Our May River pattern celebrates these intertwined pillars of local pride. A deep, cool navy hue sets off an alabaster chain pattern, giving a nod to both stream and shell in Bluffton’s treasured riverside culture.
JULIETTEBorn and raised in one of Savannah's most influential families, Juliette Gordon Low possessed a well-rounded education and a wonderful sense of humor. Though her marriage took her to live in England, she returned to Savannah and to her home near Wright Square after her husband's passing to begin her life's work: founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. In admiration of Mrs. Low's fortitude, her character and her celebration of girlhood, we dedicate our Juliette pattern, an iconic paisley bursting with intricate details in scouting-inspired blues and greens.
TELFAIRMore than anything, Mary Telfair had a deep and passionate appreciation for the visual arts. As a member of the distinguished Georgian Telfair family, her abiding love for art, which was displayed in her magnificent Regency-style home, was bequeathed to the Georgia Historical Society, making her home the first and now oldest art museum in the South. You can tour it today just off Savannah's Telfair Square. We honor Mary's reverence for beauty and truth with our own tried-and-true, Telfair pattern, a camel-backed plaid whose lines intersect with strength and sincerity.
ELLIS SQUARESavannah's Ellis Square is testament to perseverance, not merely for its first 200 years as a bustling marketplace square, but rather for its heroic restoration from becoming a parking lot in 1954. The bleak parking lot, however, gave rise to the Savannah preservation movement, which brought back Ellis Square to its rightful beauty in 2010, crowned by a bronze statue of native son and famous songwriter Johnny Mercer. Recalling dapper, crosshatch, menswear patterns and Savannah's cobblestone streets, we created the Ellis Square pattern to use both positive and negative space in its design. This on-trend, always-elegant look is destined to be a favorite, as Mercer would say, come rain or come shine.
MADISONJust off of Madison Square is “one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture to be found in the South,” the Green-Meldrim House. During the Civil War, this house was also where General Sherman was presented with the key to the city, a measure that ended up saving the city’s beauty and, in turn, was given to President Lincoln as a Christmas present. Around this landmark home, you’ll find ornate ironwork wrapping the porch and beautiful, latticed iron benches. Thus, the inspiration for our Madison pattern—a contrasting weave of vanilla and chocolate with a refreshing pop of teal—hues that are forever linked arm-in-arm.
HILTON HEADTee up your style with the smart, tailored look of our Hilton Head pattern. Known for its miles of pristine beaches and world-class golf courses, Hilton Head Island’s seaside retreats, like famous Sea Pines Resort, draw visitors from all over the globe to play where the pros play. In fact, the Heritage Golf Tournament was first played in Sea Pines in 1969, and has been a regular stop on the PGA TOUR ever since. Inspired by the island’s famous links and its iconic lighthouse, our Hilton Head pattern evokes the dimpled charm of the quintessential golf ball paired with a nautical nod to the Harbour Town Yacht Basin.
AMELIAGet a jetsetter’s style with just one visit to this picture-perfect sea island. With over 400 years of history under eight different flags, Amelia Island in Naussau County, Florida is a historical place that “the French visited, the Spanish developed, the English named, and the Americans tamed.” The influence of those flags is still felt today, whether in the flair of Fernandina Beach or in this fanciful Spartina pattern that can take you from Amelia to anywhere in a flash.
ST. SIMONSAs the largest of Georgia’s coastal Golden Isles, St. Simons Island is nestled with some of the country’s most elite resorts, and it’s easy to see why. Unspoiled beauty like mossdraped oaks and glistening sunset beaches have attracted upscale pleasure-seekers for decades. From the dreamy beginnings of the original lighthouse to the grand Strachan mansion, which relocated 100 miles to Daufuskie in 1986, there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with this sea island. In honor of this golden getaway, you’ll find romantic Baroque paisleys and flaxen flourishes like graceful sea oats, motifs fit for a queen in our St. Simons print.
TYBEEWith it’s sun-drenched beaches and its even sunnier disposition, Tybee Island is a charming oasis. As “Savannah’s Beach,” this barrier island off the coast of Georgia is a beacon for beachgoers—be it sea turtles or artisans, townies or tourists. It’s also home to one of the last 18th-century beacons still in operation: the Tybee Island Light Station. Inspired by this island’s colorful cottages and natural radiance, our Tybee print spotlights coastal hues in a brilliant sunburst design.
KIAWAHStunning scenic views, five championship golf courses, pristine sandy beaches, lush foliage everywhere you look—this is living the good life. From Kiawah Island’s grand resorts to its private wildlife sanctuaries, there is an air of elegance in every experience, which is as black tie as island life gets. This posh allure is represented in our Kiawah pattern: classic contrast, sophisticated lines and a stately design that transcends the test of time.