Browsing articles from "February, 2009"

Fashioning Felt –

Feb 26, 2009 | Leave a Comment

NYC’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum is unveiling a new exhibition next week titled “Fashioning Felt” (March 6th – September 7th, 2009). Here’s the lead paragraph of their press release:

“This exhibition will explore the varied new uses of felt—an ancient material, believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles. Made by matting together wool fibers with humidity and friction, felting requires little technological expertise and is an extremely versatile material. The exhibition will begin with historic examples of felts, showcase innovations in handmade felts, and feature contemporary uses of industrial felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings.”

The image above is a detail of a late 19th century felt carpet from Mongolia, one of the objects that will be on display.

For additional felt finds (and commerce) check out Charlotte Lancelot and

C & C Milano –

Feb 19, 2009 | 1 Comment

Here’s a visual segue from my previous two-tone post, and from carpet to linen. C&C Milano has one the most lusciously understated lines of linen fabrics around (plus wool, silk etc). The loosely dyed patterns and nubby weaves say “casual” but the overall effect is drop-dead sophistication.

Maroc Tribal –

Feb 17, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I know the blog is getting a bit stripe-heavy these days, but it is what it is…This particular stripe comes from Maroc Tribal, a site selling new and old Moroccan carpets and textiles.

L’Aviva Home –

Feb 14, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I met Laura Aviva in the blogosphere this week and am excited to explore her website for the first time. I love her concept of an on-line trunk show — both because it has a very personal feeling to it and because it sidesteps some of the usual expectations and constraints of a standard on-line store. Her current show is titled “Textile and Object.”

Avar Saracho –

Feb 11, 2009 | 2 Comments

Luxe Essentiel (a kind of eco-friendly think tank aimed at redefining “true luxury” in environmentally conscious terms) led me to Avar Saracho this evening – a textile company based in Argentina. They have a broad range of really vivid stripes, as well as other patterns. Click here to read Luxe Essential’s interview with the company.

Nandini Textiles –

Feb 5, 2009 | Leave a Comment

A big thank-you to Design Sponge for turning readers like me onto Nandini Textiles — beautiful batik / India inspired bedding (and clothing – ). Their about page is “coming soon” so I can’t say much more!

Virginia Di Sciascio –

Feb 3, 2009 | Leave a Comment

If you ever find yourself wanting to spend a significant amount of money on an antique pillow, you should definitely check out Virginia Di Sciasio’s antique textiles website. The description for the one shown above is as follows:

Early 19th century antique Italian silk flame stitching in shades of gold and slate blue on a cream colored background, hand applied onto a modern Italian silk velvet and backed in modern linen. Hand stitched brown and blue cords at top and bottom borders. Excellent Condition. Pair Available.

$1800, each.