Few trends in the world of interiors have excited me more than colorful printed fabrics taking center stage in interiors once again. It’s been way too long! The plethora of gorgeous, fun, creative and inspired fabrics makes my job feel like heaven. Here you will see some of my favorites from three fabric houses I like to shop. The first is Raoul Textiles, a Santa Barbara, California enterprise begun by a husband and wife team in Quonset hut by the beach back in 1981. Like all the fabrics shown in this blog, they are handprinted using hand made silk screens which is a tedious process that yields fabrics with great character. In my next design blog post I’ll show you how this is done and compare it to more industrialized methods.
The image above is from Kathryn M. Ireland Fabrics, another boutique textile designer who designs and prints her fabrics in California. I love the riot of color and pattern in this photograph.
Third I am including a few from Schumacher Fabrics, one of the great American fabric houses of the last two centuries. They have managed to stay fresh and relevant while drawing on their vast archives of historic textiles and also engaging design contemporaries to work with them on creating new exclusive collections.
And lastly, I have thrown in a couple patterns each from Brunschwig et Fils and Quadrille.
LEI from Raoul Textiles in Orchid. With a 41 1/2″ vertical repeat this pattern adds a punch to any room.
Seen here on settee cushions, Lei adds a whimsical and fresh touch to an otherwise very seriously Asian setting.
Another great print from Raoul Textiles, Zoo Dance in Cocoa is an unexpected animal pattern yet due to its jumbo scale it reads almost as an abstract and can work easily into many interiors. While the fabric itself is 53 1/2″ wide the repeat is nearly the same at 40″.
A great display of their fabrics on upholstered items in a Raoul Textiles representative’s showroom. Shown on the sofa by the window and in the image I’ve posted to the right is Marquesas in Sprout.
One of my favorites. Love the detail and the varied shades of blue. This is printed on linen as are nearly all their prints but I have an older sample of it on silk. Kashmir in Delft in a 39″ repeat.
Kathryn M. Ireland Fabrics
These fabrics are all from Kathryn M. Ireland and no she is not the former Sports Illustrated model but rather an English woman who immigrated to LA. Perhaps you saw her on Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Decorators”.
Kathryn is inspired by historic french textiles (she lived on a farm in France when she was young) and by Indian and Moroccan patterns. In fact most western textiles owe much to the millennia old tradition of printing fabrics in India. The pattern on the bed is based on a classic Turkish Suzani pattern found in woven rugs.
These two prints from Schumacher are versatile and add a stylish note to any room if used well. Iconic Leopard, shown here in green comes in 11 color ways. I love the green because it brings a fresh young vibe to an old classic. Shown as a tablecloth in Schumacher’s Boston showroom it looks particularly stylish. Above is Zimba which comes in 12 color ways. You can see how easily this modern graphic pattern works with a more traditional interior and especially so in this curtain application where the folds visually shrink the pattern scale.
Seen below, Katsugi in Tangerine & Berry, from Schumacher Fabrics. I am showing images below in the full fabric width and pattern repeat and in a close up. The hourglass type sphere patterns are playful in their irregularity and the heavy floral illustration within them brings depth as it engages the eye. Overall the pattern is a great alternative to a traditional floral print. While it draws heavily on history it has a fresh young look in its cheerful slightly quirky personality and especially so in this color way. I just love the color combination! Most likely it will appear later this year on a chair in my family room.
Brunschwig et Fils Fabrics & Quadrille Fabrics
I just had to include a few below from these two fabric houses.
The top two fabrics, shown in full widths, are from one of the oldest US Fabric Houses, Brunschwig et Fils. On the left is Fabriano print on white which meanders over the cotton and linen fabric with stylized leaves that hint at an 18th Rococo design genesis. On the right is Les Touches in pink – in French, The Touch as in the touch of a paint brush.
Quadrille,Uzbek is on the chair above and, in the photo to the right from Country Living, the headboards are covered in Quadrille Kazak in orange pink on white. I love its graphic quality and the surprise element it adds to the room.
Check back in another week to see how printed fabrics are made and why there are significant price differences from a print you might see at local sewing shop to these I have featured. I’ll include more beautiful images of fabrics you will rarely find at retail unless you live in a major urban area. Fabrics such as these are sold primarily “To-The-Trade” through the manufacturer’s designated representatives.
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