Friday, November 2, 2007

I can't get away from Damask

I don't know about you, but I like knowing the origins of all the things I'm obsessed with. And so I took it upon myself to find out all about Damask, because I just can't seem to get away from it right now.

According to Wikipedia: Damask (Arabic: دمسق) is a figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibers, with a pattern formed by weaving. Made with one warp and one weft in which, generally, warp-satin and weft sateen weaves interchange. Twill or other binding weaves may sometimes be introduced. The term originally referred to ornamental silk fabrics, which were elaborately woven in colours, sometimes with the addition of gold and other metallic threads. Damask was first produced in China, India, Persia, and Syria, then the Byzantine Empire followed. In the West, it was first known as diaspron or diaper, the term used in Constantinople. In the 12th century however, the city of Damascus, famous for its textiles, so far outstripped all other places for beauty of design that it gave the cloth its modern name.

Fascinating, isn't it?

So, with all that said, here are a few of my favorite damask products:

Paper products from PlatesandNapkins.comCoin purses from Etsy

And fabric from Wharehouse Fabrics Inc

And a few of the fabulous blogger-ettes who've posted about this pattern lately:


jessica lynn said...

Me too! I love the pattern. Hopefully Chris will let me run with this idea!!!

Blue Orchid Designs said...

I LOVE damask! I have some table linens in black/white damask from my grandmother and I love that I can use them again and not look stuffy. (I used them anyway, even went they weren't yet in style again). :)

Ellen said...

thanks for the mention ;o)

I love damask! It works for so many different things -- modern AND traditional. The black and white is just so crisp looking.

Chere Amie said...

The Container Store now has wrapping paper for Christmas that is red and white damask print and lime green on forest green. They are great!

Lucky Designs said...

I love this pattern. I think I am going to purchase bedding for my baby due in March that is damask on one side, polka dot on the other!

Chere Amie said...

Oh congratulations! How exciting! And I love the idea of using it for a baby. I've also always loved black and white toile for a baby. I checked out your blog and love it :)

Darci said...

Thanks for the mention! I love it too - I was nervous about it being to "bold" at first, but now think its a classic choice!

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