April 2, 2012

Monday's Lesson: Matelasse` Fabric 101

I told you it would only be one slip up, here we are another Monday and here is our Lesson 101, this week on Matelassé fabric. This is especially for my good friend Kerry who recently discovered what it was called yet still can't pronounce it....... mat-las-ay.

Matelassé is a French word meaning 'quilted', 'padded' or 'cushioned' and it is an amazing optical illusion. It has the appearance of a padded fabric yet there is no padding, it is purely the quilted stitching that provides the illusion.

Matelassé is made to mimic the hand stitched Marseilles quilts made in Provence, France and can be achieved by hand, loom or quilting machine. Commonly made using 100% cotton, Matelassé fabric and can be used for relaxed slip covered upholstery, drapery and most commonly bedspreads and the best thing is that it generally improves with every wash as it softens and relaxes.

Amazing Dwell Studio Matelasse` Duvet. Great contemporary twist in the oval design of the quilting.

Beautiful Matelasse` tablecloth.
Kravet Diamond Matelasse`

Gorgeous Matelasse` daybed duvet in the traditional shabby chic styling.

Damask Matelasse Slip Covered Upholstery.

Robert Allen Tracing Nature Colour Azure.

Robert Allen Jali Lattice Colour Slate.

Lemon cream Matelasse` upholstered occasional chair, very cute dimensions.

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