DAMASK Is NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’s fabric ANY MORE!
Ahh Damask! One of my all time favorite fabrics. You know, there are some people that think that using damask means only to be working in a traditional style.
Not true anymore!
The scale of using a traditional pattern is what you want to consider when crossing a traditional fabric over into a modern application!
Boho chic is a great fan of high styled silk damasks in very muted tones of lavenders and interesting blues and sea foam greens! Think John Saladino and how stunning his approach to such a traditional fabric is! And his is certainly not your grandmother’s house! But at the same time, call me forward, but i am in love with bright damasks for great shots of color. Sometimes when you have a very definitive color pallette, say white moldings and grasscloth walls, you need a shot of color to control the emotion of the person looking and living with it, otherwise such a neutral palette can become exceedingly tiresome.
I love to use damask and have done so recently with wallpaper from Studio Printworks!
They have a black and white damask, so thinking traditional right? Nope! They so enlarged the scale of the pattern that it became very hip and chic!
Damask is named for the city of Damascus, which was a major textile center during the 12th century. Damask originated in Asia, traders took the fabric to Europe where it began to become very popular. Damasks were scarce after the ninth century outside of Islamic Spain, but were revived in some places in the thirteenth century. You see, it was always then, made of gorgeous silk and incredibly expensive. Now of course, damask comes in cotton and wools as well.
Most damask weaves are commonly produced today in a monochromatic weave in silk for instance where the long floats of satin-woven warp and weft threads cause soft highlights on the fabric which reflect light differently according to the position of the observer.
If you are looking for an eclectic look, a touch of damask in pillows or on a cross legged stool or a touch on a pull up chair will get you much further then a zebra rug these days! Damask is a hot commodity again so don’t be afraid to jump in!
Have a great day!