On the subject of famous artists designing (or in this case being the inspiration behind) fabulous textiles, here’s a new pattern from Rubelli’s 2008 collection called Rothko. (First, a a shot of it upholstered on a chair from Rubelli’s website, then a larger view of the pattern itself and finally, a close-up.) For reasons I can’t quite articulate the pattern seems very Japanese to me — perhaps it’s the simplicity of the pattern combined with the organic contours of the multiple colors swatches (the overall repeat is over 15″). The depth and thickness of the patches makes the fabric especially appealing. As I’ve tried to show in the close-up image each color is built by a mass of overlapping threads, many going in opposite directions. The effect really is of pigments dabbed onto a painter’s pallette.