Saturday, May 26, 2018

Decorating With Damask........An Old World Classic Is Chic Again

There is an old French saying, " plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose", which means "the more things change, the more they stay the same". This is why I prefer classic interior design. Trends, that are basically just recirculating what has already been, come and go but timeless interiors are never out of style.

There is a move spreading through the design world for a return to elegance. We have seen it in the prevailing taste for elegant upholstery, the move on from the confused eclectic style, the renewed interest in dining rooms, and the return of the four-walled room as opposed to large open spaces. 

Damask wallpaper has always been the embodiment of elegance. Timeless and tasteful, it is an iconic design element. That's why it's our wallpaper trend for 2018. I have always loved damask and the old world charm it brings. Now it is trendy's just simply done in a fresh way for those of you who like the look but want more modern flair.

In this blog post you will find damask used in timeless interiors as well as some modern homes. Whether you incorporate it as fabric or wallpaper, damask is a classic whose time has come again and you won't go wrong with this lovely choice.

I am simply in love with all the rich colored damasks I am seeing in the Versailles series. I have always adored Louis XIII and XIV interiors because of the colors, warmth, texture, and richness of the walls and fabrics.

Legend says that damask was created in Syria and it was through the Crusader campaigns to Damascus that damask (then made from silk) was introduced to Europe via Italy in the 11th century. The weaving of linen damask became established in flax-growing countries like France, for example, by the mid-13th century.

My favorite way to use damask is by incorporating it through small doses here and there. I like to use damask upholstered chairs, settees, or footstools.

Who doesn't love a bit of damask on a fabulous French daybed.

Also damask bedding is soooooo pretty.

Canopied, curtained, or covered, a bed will be instantly elevated when damask is chosen.

True damask was originally always of silk, but gradually the name came to be applied to a certain type of patterned fabric regardless of fiber. It is woven to create areas of different sheen in the cloth. Because the different textures reflect light differently, the patterns show as variations in tone. The fact that the pattern is woven into the cloth means that the fabric is always reversible unlike brocades. 

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Originally hand-woven and most often made in silk, damasks have had a long-standing status as a luxury fabric. Usually rooms were "damasked" from floor to ceiling and all areas in between.

Jacquard is a method of manufacturing woven fabrics. The technique was invented in France during the mid-1800s and revolutionized the production of luxurious fabrics. Whereas once it was only possible to weave fancy damasks on a handloom, now they were being manufactured in factories

An expression of power, wealth, and taste, luxurious fabrics like damask would have been counted among the most valuable items owned by individuals.

Jacques Garcia

The high cost of raw material and the complexity of the production limited the use of damask to religious decorations, formal clothing, or to decorate palaces and royal residences.

The scrolled motifs more commonly thought of today as ‘damask’ became popular during the Renaissance, and have remained so. The heavy fabrics were used for curtains, walls and upholstery, as well as clothing.

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Walls would be covered in damask.......a precursor to wallpaper.

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Damask walls and furnishings in the home of Pierre Bergé. Velvet is a classic fabric choice to use alongside damask.

La Réserve Paris

I love the milk chocolate colored damask wall in this room by designer Ann Getty. Rose pink damask on the side chair anchors the room to the fabulous carpet.

It's floral and stylized patterns make damask perfect for a tasteful and fine furniture and accessories.

Studio Peregalli

I may be wrong but I believe this is a damask patterned wallpaper.Wallpaper eventually replaced fabric wallhangings in most homes helping to bring this classic pattern into the 20th century. By then wallpaper had established itself as one of the most popular household items across the Western world. 

Damask wallpaper has always been extremely popular and although it is "retired" from time to time, it always finds it's way back into our homes.

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Today modern damasks are woven on a computerized Jacquard loom and the material now ranges from silk and linen to synthetic fibers such as rayon. This lovely fabric is available in an endless array of designs and colors and damask is now enjoyed by all homeowners, not just the affluent.

Interior decorator Victoria Hagan uses a damask slipcovered 19th-century English wing chair in the living room of her family's Connecticut house.

 For a rich vintage appeal try layering damask window treatments with more subtle patterns like this collection of pillows. Make sure they are all compatible!

Haddon Weaves Fabric Collection by Zoffany

These new damask fabrics for drapery and upholstery feature the design you love but in a variety of todays modern colors and styles.

From traditional and classic to bold and graphic, wallpaper is back in a big way. Damask covered walls have made a huge comeback.

Sleep in luxury with damask bedding and wall covering. The bedroom is a great place to try out some damask.

Damask has been reinterpreted for the modern age and is being used in some exciting ways.

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Damasks can be remarkably modern and fresh. Contrast is the name of the game. Look for unexpected color combinations and furniture to make your damask feel fresh.

Pair traditional damask wallpaper with modern furniture for a chic space. As I said in the beginning unless you have a large room this pattern is best in small doses. Keep it trendy but ELEGANT for the best look. It is easy to end up with a mess if you don't use restraint.

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This blog post was published by Lisa Farmer