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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Decorator Fabrics Series - Damasks

This is my 4th installment in this series.  I thought I knew what damasks were but decided to get some formal definitions such as ...
Damask is a fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibers, with a pattern formed by weaving. The term originally referred to ornamental silk fabrics from Damascus, which were elaborately woven in colours, sometimes with the addition of gold and other metallic threads. Today, it generally denotes a linen texture richly figured in the weaving with flowers, fruit, forms of animal life, and other types of ornament.

A fabric woven to achieve a tone on tone effect. Patterns are often floral. It is lighter weight than brocade. Sometimes referred to as Jacquard.
Century Chair in Green Damask

James River Wingback in Green and Gold Damask (SOLD)

Vintage Ethan Allen in Black and White Damask

Thomasville Berghere Chairs in Forest Green Damask
Then I looked up examples and discovered that some are printed (not woven) and the variety is great.  SO ... I decided for the purpose of this discussion to use the term to identify woven fabrics with repeatable patterns that generally include no more than two colors. Some lighter weight damasks make great tablecloths and draperies (love my damask tablecloths from Provence).  I love the classic patterns of damask fabrics on furniture and have used it extensively!

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