Decorative Fabrics In his book, Billy Baldwin Decorates, Billy Baldwin writes about "the magic" of fabric. We quote Baldwin here because he was such a fan of cotton fabric and all of our decorative fabrics are cotton. Here are some of Billy Baldwin's insightful tips for using decorative fabrics for upholstery, curtains and bedding. Baldwin writes:
"The hardest thing about picking out just the right materials for your rooms is making up your mind. The variety is overwhelming. You can literally build a room with fabric alone. The difficulty is knowing what to choose and why.
My all time favorite, as everyone knows by now is cotton fabric. It has such life, freshness, and variety in itself that you often need nothing else... Cotton fabric goes with everything, modern furniture or antiques....If it is less formality you are after, use cotton curtains. They're simpler, but to my mind not a whit less beautiful."
The Stories Behind Our Decorative Fabrics:Attention all decorative fabric lovers. The photo at the right is The Museum of Toile de Jouy. The museum is a must see destination for fabric lovers and decorators who go to Paris and like to learn about decorative fabrics.
Toile fabric is a distinctive decorative fabric because it tells a story. Even if they are not toiles, classic decorative fabrics usually have a story to tell in one way or the other. In our decorative fabrics section, we've tried to tell some of those stories.
Here's some fun things to read about decorative fabrics.
Read about the history of Suzani Fabrics
Read about the history of Ikat Fabrics
|Read about Elsie de Wolfe, the American decorator who championed Trellis Fabric.|
Read Wikipedia's entry for textiles. It tells a lot about textile history.
Decorative Fabrics for Do It Yourselfers:Decorators used to select fabrics that were a bit more pricey. And some still do. But even the best decorators like a good bargain. If you can get the decorator look for less and afford to buy enough to cover your upholstery, curtains, bedding, pillows, drapes, sofa, couch why not? We’ve tried to give you decorative fabrics that are affordable. Our decorator fabrics range from $6 to $ 65 instead of from $65 - $650 but they have a great look. Just like designers like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Amani have two labels, many decorative fabric houses do too. You can do it yourself and get the look. Mix in all your decorative accessories, rugs and mats, etc. and no one will ever know. Think of our fabrics as decorator fabrics at a price.