This designer may be known for celebrating the traditions
of Africa, Japan, and other far-flung lands, but her Patio
Stripe in 11 colors is all-American. Part of the Fun in the
Sun collection, it's executed in 100 percent Sunbrella
solution-dyed acrylic, meaning that when it comes to lasting
through rain, sun, stains, and mildew, this cheery pattern is
also all business. 150 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013;
Victoria, a cotton jacquard–rayon weave, is rich and
luminous, subtly but supremely elegant in its stylization of a
paisley motif and evocative of antique textiles of both Old
World Europe and the Far East. Fifty-four inches wide and
available in six rich colorways. 485 Broadway, New York, NY
10013; 800-366-4442; donghia.com.
To complement its already popular line of wall coverings,
this manufacturer's textiles division showcases everything
from heavy Belgian-style linens and coarse plant-fiber weaves
to soft, pliant, hand-dyed suedes like these in the Luxe Suede
collection, which uses recycled polyester that re-creates the
feel of lambskin. Offered in 11 new colors. 150 Varick Street,
New York, NY 10013; 212-807-6300; innovationsusa.com.
Pindler & Pindler
Known for giving its collections names that evoke Gilded
Age opulence (Newport Mansions, Far Pavilions, Hearst
Castles), with Striscia this manufacturer veered from that
theme with a sophisticated, decidedly modern configuration and
palette. Colors and textures alternate to create double the
visual interest; all six colorways in the polyester-cotton
weave are Teflon-finished for durability. 11910 Poindexter
Avenue, Moorpark, CA 93021; 800-669-6002; pindler.com.
This designer's aesthetic of understated cool has landed
his fabrics in swank restaurants nationwide (and, more
recently, at the Grove hotel, just outside London). His latest
offering is Athlete, an ingenious microfiber fabric with the
look and feel of suede that drapes like a much heavier weave.
The material is 100 percent polyester and is offered in 10
oh-so-chic hues. 2025 Irving Road, Dallas, TX 75207;
This manufacturer is launching its Crypton Frontiers
collection in a big way. More than 83 new patterns, weaves,
colorways, and designs are executed in blends of cotton,
rayon, and polyester and then Crypton-coated to make them
fully stain- and bacteria-resistant and moisture-repellent
(even those cozy-looking chenilles). 1010 West 2610 South,
Salt Lake City, UT 84119; 800-453-5777; silverstatetextiles.com.
These premium bull hides are vegetable- and chromium-tanned
to produce a luxurious, tight-grain finish, and then
heat-rolled and vacuum-dried to create a high, almost metallic
sheen. With wear, Luxianna's finish will gradually exhibit a
more tonal, vintage quality. Available in ten colorways. 1360
Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213; 800-342-7738; garrettleather.com.
This California-based manufacturer's newest
offering is the silk Celebration. It features sunbursts and
explosions and is available in four rich colorways including
Spring Mist and Desert Bloom. P.O. Box 1249, Sonoma, CA
95476; 707 935-0316. rodolph.com
This manufacturer launches its Sustainable Performance
collection with Epiphany, a graphic pattern made from 100
percent recycled polyester. Offered in 13 colorways, including
Saltwater, it repels both real water and oil. 200 Varick
Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10014; 800-221-1540; dtex.com.
Heath wool, silk, and heath blend
This company's Mart showroom displayed golden Drenth Heath,
a wool, silk, and heath construction; dark Orakelblume in
cotton-rayon; waxed-cotton Leno;Gertrude, a cotton, nylon, and
polyester blend; wool-nylon Reverberating Stripe; Peep, a
blend of cotton and polyester; and wool-nylon Coda. 251 Park
Avenue South, New York, NY 10010; 800-645-3943; maharam.com.
The Type II vinyl construction of Bruce Foster's Bayboro
boasts subtle gradations of tone that suggest a natural weave
and warm complementary colors that evoke earth and nature.
It's subtle, yes, but also durable and easy to clean. A
lighter-weight version, Type I, is also offered. 4700 Robards
Lane, Louisville, KY 40218; 502-458-2614; versawallcovering.com.
Sondra Alexander's Cosmos wall covering features a
constellation of free-floating dots against a patent-leather
or lacquered-vinyl background. The six available colorways
include blue, red, and brown. 1026 Masonic Avenue, San
Francisco, CA 94117; 415-626-5009; yangki.com.
The small-dot-pattern Caravan and Whirlwind—a graphic
floral—are each available in nine complementary colorways. The
cotton-polyester blends are Crypton-finished for serious
durability and pass a rigorous wear test (more than 100,000
double rubs)—but still come out looking demurely pretty. They
both measure 54 inches across. 1451 Paddock Drive, Northbrook,
IL 60062; 800-338-7210; brentanofabrics.com.
The new Currents collection comprises some 59 weaves and
designs, including soft florals, stripes, flag themes, and
elegant solids (chenilles among them). All are woven with
solution-dyed acrylic and are guaranteed for three years to
resist fading, splitting, peeling, cracking, and even mildew.
Perfect for indoors or out. 614 Santa Barbara Street, Santa
Barbara, CA 93101; 805-965-6535; giati.com.
The Philly collection's colorways—Espresso, Fern, Hyacinth,
and Woodland—reflect the soft earth and floral motifs in which
the designs are executed. The Crypton-coating process that
tops these cotton–recycled polyester blends ensures that
they'll last much longer than their counterparts in nature.
504 Airport Executive Park, Nanuet, NY 10954; 845-426-0756; stacygarciainc.com.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Nature. Art. Or, in the
case of this recent textile launch, tattoo parlors.
The Tattoo collection's six patterns came to life after
creative director Heather Bush noticed a shift in the cultural
acceptance of bodily adornment as part of the young urban
professional identity. For research, she and her design team
took field trips to New York parlors. After isolating symbols
that referenced ethnic and pop culture, the team translated
them into woven textiles in 53 colorways—targeting retail,
corporate, hospitality, and health-care specifiers. (All
patterns exceed 75,000 double Wyzenbeek rubs.)
Abstract sunbursts in differing diameters explode across
Soleil, a polyester-rayon blend. Exotic arabesques, scrolls,
and curves float across nylon Ink. Wired, a cotton-wool blend,
takes a sharp look at the zigzag. The three remaining patterns
are nylon Flash Art, cotton-polyester Full Sleeve, and
Co-exist, a cotton-polyester blend. 110 North Centre Avenue,
Rockville Centre, NY 11570; 800-727-6770; carnegiefabrics.com.
Set wallcovering systems
II vinyl line
Grant Design Collaborative's type II vinyl line includes
patterns such as mosaiclike Voyeur, striped Curtain Call, and
circular Down to the Wire, all offered in a palette of 35
colors. Options include erasable surfaces and digital
photomurals. 1825 MacArthur Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30318;
Gala's six-petal floral forms bloom in clementine, kiwi,
cinnamon, and six other colors. With a 51/2-inch vertical
repeat, this solution-dyed Zeftron nylon can stand up to
100,000 Wyzenbeek rubs. 1235 Water Street, East Greenville, PA
18041; 800-343-6556; knolltextiles.com.
The mouthwatering tones of saffron, cumin, paprika, and
cinnamon—specifically as seen in the open markets of
Istanbul—inspired the manufacturer's design team to create the
Spice Market Collection, a thrilling line of opulent and
deeply saturated aniline-dyed full-grain leathers. The eight
earth tones are joined by light, frothy aquamarines and
greens, and even a rich blue inspired by Ottoman tiles. 80
Picket District Road, New Milford, CT 06776; 860-350-9600; edelmanleather.com.
the Yard vinyl
Expanding beyond woven place mats and flooring, this
company's vinyl empire now includes By the Yard, a textile
that can cover any surface, even furniture, while resisting
the spills that cause stains. Variants such as Bamboo, Bouclé,
Basket Weave, Grass Cloth, and Wicker come in more than 40
colorways. 31 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016;
A high-performance nylon seating fabric, Infinity has a
decade-long full warranty against fading and wear-through. All
seven of the line's patterns have been tested for 200,000 to
900,000 double Wyzenbeek rubs. P.O. Box 1812, Indianapolis, IN
46204; 800-428-4415; mayerfabrics.com.
Mosaic Quilt marries the blocks of an Amish bedspread and
the shimmering colors of the Middle East. The textile is
available in Jungle Fern, Crimson Rose, Turquoise Sea, and
Earthly Delight. P.O. Box 1249, Sonoma, CA 95476;
The fabrics in the Prism hospitality collection are
embossed vinyl with 100 percent polyester backing, a
protective urethane topcoat, and anti-microbial properties,
making them an excellent option for healthcare
environments—but its sophisticated texture and rich palette of
13 colorways (several of them true metallics) mean they also
work like a charm when five-star luxury is called for. 200
Varick Street, New York, NY 10014; 800-221-1540; designtex.com.
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