Fabric Fête: Bouclé and Cheques

Feature Image: The Panoramic House, Pune by Ikigai Studio; Photography Credits: Hemant Patil Photography

In the late 16th century, during the Elizabethan era, upholstery became popular – a stuffed layer of grass, feathers or animal hair was layered with animal hide or decorative fabric. Then, as monarchs changed, Europe began using upholstery in different styles to enhance comfort and aesthetics. That practice, although evolved, continues today for those reasons and to add value to furniture, along with improving durability and ease of maintenance. 

Bouclé, tweed, and checks are fabrics that have stood the test of time and can be used for extraordinary upholstering. They have adorned interiors for decades, lending sophistication to any space.  For designers seeking to elevate their interior design prowess, Team Love That Design has curated recommendations to explore what ‘chic upholstery’ can do.

As charming as it gets.

With its origins rooted in Scotland’s timeless charm, Tweed boasts a unique reversible feature, showcasing a fresh colour palette on its flip side. It is also water-repellent, washable, breathable, quick to dry, and stays cool. Inspired by a twill-woven structure, Tweed offers diverse colours and patterns, ideal for crafting captivating design narratives. Use it to upholster statement pieces like armchairs or ottomans for a touch of rustic luxury, or layer it in soft furnishings such as throw pillows and blankets.

Musing human movement.

Photogram is more than a mere textile; it’s a narrative woven by multiple hands, showcasing overlapping gestures and synergies. Its yarns possess a remarkable bleach-cleaning quality, ensuring enduring beauty. Adorned in a chromatic pattern of three colours, it radiates richness and depth, inviting exploration and admiration for a unique cheque-like design. Pair it with neutral tones or bold solids to give it the spotlight it deserves.

Linear, transversal, ethereal.

A jacquard wonder crafted by Vicent Martínez based on drawings by the artist Ana Hernández, Harmony stands out as a chic, singular creation. With water and oil-repellent properties, as well as resistance to mould, Harmony is suitable for both indoors and outdoors. It has diverse applications for sofas, chairs, panels, etc. Its yarns form fluid strokes that weave together to create a captivating grid, defining linear and transversal rhythms. The result is a visually striking fabric that commands attention.

Two-toned, too luxurious.

Crafted by a brand known for its exquisite designs, Safire impresses with its solid design that blends coarseness with a subtle handwoven appearance. Its bouclé and chenille yarns create a mesmerising two-tone effect, instantly adding depth and dimension to any space. Available in over 15 natural and earthy shades, Safire is perfectly suited for rustic, Scandinavian, Bohemian, or minimalist design styles. With its solid construction and artisanal allure, Safire promises to elevate the aesthetic of any interior.

Elle by SAHCO

Embraces and enhances.

Elle embodies the essence of luxury, resembling a designer coat as it gracefully envelops furniture and design elements with its curled bouclé texture. It’s crafted by blending wool, viscose and acrylic, each taking its own distinct character during the dying process, creating a surface with a subtle sheen. From elegant neutrals to brighter shades, Elle could add life to any designer’s imagination, offering boundless possibilities. It could be used to upholster accent pieces for maximum effect.

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