Damask

One of the biggest compliments I get when guest come into my home is my selection of textiles (well besides my chandeliers, but that is a subject for a different blog) I absolutely love Italian textiles. Not only is the quality superior to anything we find in the US, but the width of the fabric is 3 meters wide (that is an incredible 118” wide). Because of the quality and size Italian fabric is ideal for furniture reupholstering, curtains, pillows, bedspreads, tablecloths … 

The production of damask was  one of the five basic weaving techniques—the others being tabby, twill, lampas, and tapestry—of the Byzantine and Middle Eastern weaving centres of the early Middle Ages.Damasks derive their name from the city of Damascus—in that period a large city active both in trading (as part of the silk road) and in manufacture. 

The word “damask” first appeared in records in a Western European language in the mid-14th century in French. By the 14th century, damasks were being woven on draw looms in Italy. From the 14th to 16th century, most damasks were woven in one colour with a glossy warp-faced satin pattern against a duller ground. Two-colour damasks had contrasting colour warps and wefts, and polychrome damasks added gold and other metallic threads or additional colours as supplemental brocading wefts. Medieval damasks were usually woven in silk, but weavers also produced wool and linen damasks.

Modern damasks are woven on computerised Jacquard looms. Damask weaves are commonly produced in monochromatic (single-colour) weaves in silk, linen, or synthetic fibres such as rayon and feature patterns of flowers, fruit, and other designs. The long floats of satin-woven warp and weft threads cause soft highlights on the fabric which reflect light differently according to the position of the observer. Damask weaves appear most commonly in table linens and furnishing fabrics, but they are also used for clothing. The damask weave is used extensively throughout the fashion industry due to its versatility and high-quality finish. Damask is usually used for mid-to-high-quality garments, meaning the label tends to have a higher definition and a more “expensive” look.

Since Damask is woven not printed it makes the fabric double sided and perfect for curtains, since it will show the pattern on both sides eliminating the need for a liner.

The durable weaved makes Damask perfect for furniture upholstering. 


The generous width of the fabric makes it ideal for beddings.


… table runners, tablecloths and decorative pillows.

I love the shine and vibrancy of the colors!

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