About fabrics that take care of us.
Warmth and mood enchanted in the colours of a woollen blanket
What we need in these troubled times is soft textures, rounded shapes and colours without sharp contrasts. Research clearly shows and proves that in the search for peace, we subconsciously surround ourselves with pleasant, cosy objects in colours that are associated with the soothing power of nature. This principle applies even more clearly to fabrics that, like no other material objects, are associated with carefree relaxation. Winter festive days are all about spending time at home, which should offer comfort and a sense of security like no other place on earth.
The current trend of thick, fluffy textiles, with a bouclé, fur and lambskin texture can be seen in huggable blankets, lap robes, throws and pillows waiting to be wrapped around you. Warm hues of dusty browns, sandy beiges, and butter creams give them a soothing warmth. In such a fine company, it really does not take much to feel truly relaxed in a home, December holiday spa.
An indispensable companion of delicious celebrations – once again about textiles on festive tables
It is hard to imagine any Christmas or everyday dinner, or even an afternoon tea without textiles. Porcelain crockery of various shapes, transparent glassware, silver cutlery, flowers and decorative elements like the company of fabrics. They seem to be in the background, but in fact play first fiddle. Contemporary off-white linen, raw cottons or recycled blends are perfect for traditional tablecloths, but also in a more modest way, for napkins of various sizes, accompanying plates and lining baskets for bread or Christmas Eve pasties. Even a tiny piece of plain yet pristine fabric complemented by a green sprig, holly berry, fir cone or aniseed star is the best and proven way to bring festive style to the table.
Remember to choose good quality. Decide whether you prefer soft-to-the-touch, friendly fibres, smooth weaves or a slightly harsh wearing effect in the case of linens, whose beauty lies in an imperfectly ironed surface. Mix them together, match them according to their shade, change the colour depending on the time of day or the type of meal. Place them on plates or wrap them around tableware and cutlery. Match them with your favourite ceramics and glassware, complement them with natural decorations – let the fabrics on the table take care of the festive atmosphere.
Fabric as a gift or a gift in fabric
A piece of fabric can be a gift in itself. A beautiful tablecloth, a set of linen napkins, a warm blanket, a cushion, but also a spectacle or a phone case, a percale bedding or a cotton bag for perfumes - there are a lot of ideas for textile presents. We often give them during Christmas. Remember that a roll of good quality fabric or even a small piece of it can also be a great addition in the form of an ingenious, pleasant-to-the-touch and very personal packaging. [We wrote more about the beautiful art of wrapping gifts in fabric in the article “Furoshiki – the most famous bundle in the world” of 22 December 2020].
Fabrics from the DEKOMA collection used in the session:
Levante is a decorative fabric woven half from flax and half from hemp fibres. This 100% natural composition and the properties of the two fibre types make Levante very user-friendly, whereas the special “mano della nonna” finishing (i.e. “grandma's hand”) endows it with incredible softness rarely found in this type of fabrics. At the same time, Levante has a slightly creased texture typical of linen and hemp fabrics. Levante comes in 7 subdued colours. It is a perfect solution for rustic, Scandinavian, Japanese style interiors filled with natural materials, but also for modern ones, slightly more raw, with an industrial or minimalist touch. Levante is available in double width. Its name in Italian means a wind that blows in the Mediterranean Sea and pertains to the fact that linen and hemp fabrics are known for their breathability.
Vento is a decorative fabric made of 100% linen. This natural raw material offers numerous advantages. Linen fibre allows air flow freely through the fabric, breathes, and perfectly “reflects” the heat. Linen curtains are an excellent solution for the summer – they will protect your home from heat, and at the same time allow air to circulate. It is also a great choice for allergy sufferers – linen is non-allergenic and non-irritating. Linen curtains are not only extremely durable, but also have an extremely desirable natural look: characteristic creases, weave, minor irregularities in colour, which are typical when dyeing natural fabrics. Vento offers all these benefits. The colour range of this fabric comprises 10 pastel shades, evoking the natural colours of linen canvas. Vento is available in double width, so it will work fine even in high, spacious interiors. It goes very well with other natural materials used in interior design: wood, stone, and ceramics.
Following the Wool collection, Arno is yet another upholstery and decorative fabric made from recycled wool offered by Dekoma. It is manufactured in Italy using waste material from the clothing industry. Because of its similar composition, the Wool fabric can be used as a coordinate for Arno. Arno is available in 38 colour variants. The colour palette is inspired by soil and nature. It mainly includes shades of beige, brown, red, ochre, grey as well as subdued, muted green. With the warp being of a different colour than the weft, the fabric produces a pixelated effect that makes its surface more lively. Wool is naturally flame-retardant, therefore it meets the requirements of a number of flame retardancy standards.
A multi-coloured, mélange upholstery fabric inspired by Ireland's signature Donegal tweed style. Colourful accents on a uniform background are very fine – from a distance the fabric gives the impression of uniform, from close up you can see small weaves of silk. Granola visually resembles the Prato collection, but is more subtle and has a greater variety of colour. Its mélange weave makes it a perfect match for interiors inspired by the 1960s style. It can be used to renovate vintage furniture and produce contemporary models of chairs, armchairs and sofas. It comes in 16 colour variants: from more subdued earth colours to pastels.
ARIES - comming soon
Decorative and upholstery fabric inspired by sheep fleece with a natural, yet quite rough appearance. This bouclé fabric boasts a distinctive, irregular loop weave and a long pile. The fabric is thick, dense and pleasant to the touch. It comes in 6 subdued colours. The colour palette includes intense ginger, warm white and black, as well as muted shades of grey, beige and brown. Aries is an excellent choice for furniture upholsteries and decorative elements like cushions and bolsters.
MURA - comming soon
Session commissioned by DEKOMA.
Creative thought, photos, styling MBBM Studio.