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Damask, a fabric with a huge history

Damask is a silk fabric of united color (often dyed in piece) but characterized by the effect of the jacquard patterns called damask, that is, produced by the same ligament (serge or satin), heavy in some spots and light in others, or sometimes satin to get the effect of brightness in the drawings and another different ligament in the background. Some believe that it had been created in Damascus (Syria), hence its name. However, the most recent findings have shown that woven damask techniques in China go back even further, around 300 BC. In fact, it has been discovered that the Chinese Emperor Wendi (Sui Dynasty) had a damask-style robe in the 5th century.

 

 

These elaborate textiles were traded from the East into the Mediterranean via the Silk Road. Damascus was a great trading and manufacturing hub for damask, which could explain the strong association between the two. The fabric was so highly valued that kingdoms did whatever to discover the secret to how it was made. For example, damask began to spread through Europe during the Crusades, when weavers were kidnapped from Greece and put to work in Sicily. Soon, damask fabrics could be found in France and the Netherlands.

 

Vintage clothing from 1760s – 1770s

 

We present the Güell Lamadrid collection with this damask style. Seven different options which are perfect to decorate every room and which demonstrate that this fabric is a timeless fabric.

Monk

It is a sophisticated damask that harmonizes with the rest of the fabrics from the New Orleans collection, combining a classic design with textures and current materials. Timeless romanticism!

 

 

Edgar

Luxurious velvet damask of high quality in colors that, combined with the rest of the collection, gives it a great look. It belongs to a rich and majestic collection.

 

 

Floresta

Discover a collection of classic style where the velvet worked in damask combines with the rest of plain and striped velvets. This fabric reminds us of the floral drawings of the Russian tradition, ideal for classic and avant-garde decorations.

 

 

Lescaut

Based on the textures of the great theaters of the St. Petersburg opera, we have created these richly carved fabrics with a very elegant little damask design.

 

Kalos

The word Kalos means “beautiful”, just like the inscriptions on the antique vases on which this collection is inspired. A classic print with vintage effect available in various worn colors.

 

 

Hit

A velvet jacquard with damask pattern printed on top with bright effect. Washable fabric and upholstery. Its contrast, brightness, raw colors, silver, black and gold will make this fabric the perfect joker for modern and palatial decorations.

 

 

Grasse

Damask pattern printed with floral motifs on cotton and viscose base and a vintage style.

 

 

Timeless Damask

 

The early damasks woven in Europe featured motifs such as flowers, animals, and fruit. During the Renaissance, dense and elaborate scrolled motifs featuring acanthus leaves, feathers and botanicals became a popular style. So popular in fact, that it survived through the centuries. A style that has evolved and has marked the catwalks during decades. Let’s take a look to photographs published by Vogue Italia from the 60s until now where damask is the protagonist.

 

Dina Merril — Photo by Gian Paolo Barbieri, 1967

 

Photo by Richard Avedon, 1969

 

Carla Bruni — Photo by Patrick Demarchelier, 1988

 

Photo by Patrick Demarchelier, 1991

 

Photo by Arthur Elgort, 1994

 

Givenchy — Fall/Winter 2012

 

Chloe — Fall/Winter 2016

 

Dolce & Gabanna — Fall/Winter 2018