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What defines a vintage fabric?

A vintage fabric is any fabric which originates from a previous era. Whilst it is possible to find authentic vintage fabrics it is easy to find fabric which is inspired by vintage design.

William Morris

William Morris

William Morris was a textile designer in the late 1800's and associated with the British Arts and Crafts movement. His designs reflect the Art Nouveau period and mainly feature flora and fauna. Colours tend to be soft, earthy colours such as forest greens and muddy browns. There are many new fabrics around which have taken their inspiration from a William Morris vintage fabric design. These fabrics work well in a traditional setting perhaps in a sitting room or bedroom.

Art Deco

The Art Deco period was prominent in the 1920's and 1030's and this vintage fabric is defined by shell motifs and diamond patterns, usually in a geometric pattern, which was a popular style of this time. Curtain and upholstery fabrics were sumptuous and made from velvet, chenille and silk. These geometric patterns are still on trend today and suit a modern interior as well as a period home. Rich colours such as deep reds and greens were a key trend during this period. These fabrics look great when used as an upholster fabric and used on a statement chair.

1950's inspired retro designs

1950's inspired retro designs

1950's style vintage fabric featured bright designs with abstract patterns. Also popular were pretty sprigged florals in pastel shades. This was also the era of the American diner, think of black and white cheqerboard flooring, red leather kitchen chairs and pastel accessories in ice cream colours. Kitsch style was a key trend in the 1950's, for example, flying ducks, flamingos and nodding dogs! Pink flamingos have recently made a comeback and can be found on curtain fabrics and accessories and will bring a touch of fun to your contemporary home.

Psychedelic 60's & 70's

Psychedelic 60's & 70's

This was the era of psychedelic colours, flower power and modernism. Andy Warhol and the pop art movement was also a huge influence in this era. Vintage fabric from this time featured designs with large repeat patterns. Colours such as lime green, zingy orange, brown and bright turquoise featured heavily in homes in the 1960's and 70's. If recreating this look don't worry about clashing these bright colours as this was a key trend. If the complete look is too much for you, why not just use a vintage fabric featuring bright colours but keep the rest of your room in neutral tones.

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