by Marisa Marcantonio

After hitting ITMA Showtime, the annual invitation-only textile show in High Point, I learned a thing or two about the business of fabric sourcing, and got a peek behind the curtain on what trends are coming soon to a fabric showroom near you.  Along with a great group of like-minded bloggers, I was invited to explore the textile array. I had heard the show, the largest of its kind in the US, was a complete 360 from High Point Furniture Market as far as scale, that everything was done appointment only, and that fabric houses from around the world show up to source from it. It was indeed a much more intimate and manageable scale, with the entire show occurring in one building, Market Square. If you have been to furniture market, then you know, it requires laser like focus, a thorough knowledge of what is where and what has relocated, a pre-arranged appointment schedule, comfortable shoes, and a fresh pair of eyes each day. Since this show was solely textiles, it was refreshingly focused. I went eager to see what ideas were bubbling up. Fabric companies source for their collections here. Since houses can't work with every mill, it makes sense to visit them when they are all in one place. They can fill in gaps for weaves or prints they have been searching for. The trick seems to be getting exclusives on those pieces they feel are really directional, so they can tell a specific design story.   Otherwise, they run the risk of a fabric being available in a few places, perhaps diluting its special-ness. So, what print, pattern, texture and colors were eye-catching this market?  Some examples-- prints are taking their cue from fashion (at a much slower cadence) and old-school classics are being re-interpreted,  ethnic inspiration is very much still present, embroidery and quilting is getting even more elaborate and varied, lodge-inspired motifs that evoke a bucolic country life are ramping up in popularity especially in Southern markets, and artistic individuality is being asserted more. Read on to find out the direction textiles will be moving in.

 Leather hides as far as the eye can see from Moore and Giles. Candy colors, including pastels and Skittles hues make leather an option in any interior-matching shade.

The lavender was beautiful

 A procession of courtly figures wearing bright old timey clothing makes for a fun historically-inspired novelty print.

  A playful triangular patterned woven with gradient fluorescent colors

A fruity colored mix of citrus hues in a great looking graphic geometric woven pattern

The artistic vibe is still very much at play, here the paint splatter look is interpreted in a lush silk weave.

Velvet embroidered with S-Curve squiggles has a unique take. I say, the brighter the better.

A large scale Greek Key stripe in a pale green 

Well, because its fun. What looks like a pixelated circular digital print with a reinterpreted quilt feel

Expect to see more tribal geo's in the market soon, like the version above, and even more colorful

A linear Kuba cloth pattern with oversized lattice is toned-down tribal

 A chic oversized black and white cut velvet geometric lattice from a mill in Spain

Interesting wovens include African-inspired weaves

Muted earthy hues and subtle geometric patterns are hallmarks of this new rustic "Lodge Style" stripe

The casual style of a flax colored woven stripe has French overtones


This is also the place where many American fabric houses go to find trims. 

Caning is a traditional preppy mainstay, so the world will be better off with this new tape trim in navy, hot pink and leaf green

I love the mix of materials and embroidery I saw. This radiating circle pattern on sophisticated colored grounds was wonderful

A two-sided fringe with delicate applique down the center ribbon has charm and endless uses


by Marisa Marcantonio

Recalling Florentine palazzo floors and end papers, marble, made to look faux or real, is trending at the moment. With its organic swirled pattern, it evokes old world grandeur reinterpreted for today. I have noticed beautiful examples of blue and white combinations, that span from entertaining to wallcovering. Take a look at this au courant pattern play where the natural world provides an ever-inspiring canvas.

Photos courtesy of Simple Life

Simple Life , a company creating modern elegant entertaining pieces out of Istanbul, is making inroads stateside. The company, founded by Turkish sisters, creates stunning swirled blue and white ceramic plates and tabletop in traditional-meets-modern shapes.

Their Ebru Collection includes this marbleized footed platter, and  captures the artistic sensibility found in traditional Turkish craftsmanship.

small bowl from the Ebru collection, is a serving basic, perfect for nuts or olives.

Creel and Gow is filled with unique finds from all over the world, like this French blue and white hand-crafted ceramic urn.

Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma Home

Undulating drips in wavy teal and cream glaze patterns cover the surface of Williams-Sonoma Home's gourd-shaped stoneware vase.

Photo courtesy of Schumacher

Named after the great decorator Renzo Mongiardino, Martyn Lawrence Bullard captured the grandeur of a grand Roman palazzo's interior's inlaid slabs of marble in a wallpaper with Schumacher.  

Photo courtesy of Tania Vartan

Printed on linen, Tania Vartan's Marmo hand print captures free-flowing mirror image marbleized patterns.

Photo courtesy of Adidas

After showing a hugely popular marble print in her collection a few seasons back, Stella McCartney puts it on her Adidas workout tights. 


by Marisa Marcantonio

Ferran New York began as a company that fashioned raincoats and printed handbags out of highly patterned and colorful printed fabrics.  I still use my Ferran printed tote from years ago, I refuse to retire it. The company, founded in 2000, shifted their focus to bedding and pillows over the past few years, with an emphasis on pretty florals and graphic tracery. Modernized globally-inspired prints, which now appear on wallpapers, have an old-world sensibility, with hand blocked designs created by designer and Creative Director Kathryn Ferran Kayajan. Her travels inspire the lifestyle point of view and seasonal color shifts seen in the American-made hand-screened prints. Mainly pastels, the sophisticated, intricate patterns add impact with their delicate leaves, full blooms and classic architectural details.

The Bursa Collection of bedding and pillows is the newest, and my new favorite for their complex, tiny designs.

Bursa Willow print

The Ottoman assortment

Chinois Parterre captures blooming flower branches in robust colors

A detail of the Parterre in French grey

 Chiswick, an English-inspired collection

Exuberant Dahlias

A great summer pattern, Java Hydrangea