May 30, 2017
Many people think of damask as an elaborate design, filled with scroll-like images within a capsule-type grid. But damask is actually a kind of fabric that uses different kinds of weaving techniques to create varying degrees of luster in the material.
The different textures in the cloth reflect light in different ways, and the patterns show different accents. Some damasks use different colors in the warp and weft, which also emphasizes the weave. Because the pattern is woven into the fabric itself, the fabric is reversible.
Damasks were originally woven by hand and made of silk, and the material has always been known as a fabric of luxury. Damask was first woven in China more than a thousand years ago, and then made its way to Europe in the 14th century, where the Italians began to weave it.
They used designs of flowers, fruits and animals. The scrolled designs based on stylized acanthus leaves, feathers and similar arrangements, what today we think of as damask, became more popular during the Renaissance.
Damask came into more wide use in the early 19th century with the invention of a particular type of loom called the Jacquard loom. People no longer had to use a tedious and complex hand-weaving process.
Today, in addition to the traditional styles, many new designs are being used. Some of these designs showcase things such as cats, bright layers of color, ink blots, and even skulls.
For window treatments, damask has a range of uses. For example, you can use it as a window topper, an inner curtain panel or as a tieback. These things work well with multicolored damask drapes or Roman blinds and offer a way to use the material’s inverted side.
Damask drapery works well to contrast with a monotone wall or furniture color. For example, you can try a low-key white with gold or tan pattern, or a brighter green with lavender. To add to the look, put a piece of furniture in the space as well, something such as an armchair that has a print similar in color to the damask drapery but less ornate than the damask and about half the size.
If you are using a tablecloth in the space, keep the color in tune with the damask, but use a much smaller scale: tiny flowers, for example, or narrow stripes or small geometric patterns. Various textures such as silk with linen or wool with cotton keep things lively.
Damask is a luxury fabric to use in your drapery, but it takes a studied eye to ensure the fabric “works” in the room with your décor.
Let our drapery and décor experts at GP Drapery’s Los Angeles or Dallas office help you choose the best drapery fabrics and designs for one room in your home – or in every room in your resort. Contact us today and let us know how we can be of service.