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It’s All Greek to Me

by Susi, 17 July 2008

Ancient textile inspires contemporary designer fabric.

I love it when I see antique textiles serving as inspiration for new ones. And here is a lovely example: Naxos upholstery fabric by the Pollack Studio in a high-tech cotton blend, woven in Switzerland. The inspiration for this elegant jacquard seems to have been an embroidered pillow cover from the Greek islands dating from the 17th or 18th century. How did I figure that out, you may ask?

While browsing for upholstery fabric for a client I came upon Pollack’s Naxos and remembered a “Textile of the Month” I saw on the Textile Museum’s website about a year ago. The image above shows the old and the new, and that both are very beautiful textiles.

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