Lively colours, shimmering lustre, baroque inspirations

Heimtextil presented an impressive panorama of textile design

Heimtextil presented an impressive panorama of textile design

Overall, the trend to more colour was obvious with expressive tones, such as petrol, fuchsia, lime, honey, turquoise and royal blue to be seen at the fair. Often, these shades are combined with white, crème or grey to avoid making a loud impression. In the case of finer fabrics, the colours are frequently tone-in-tone while a mixture of matt and lustrous yarns gives many fabrics an interesting look. New at Heimtextil was a trend towards patterns with a contrasting dark background in anthracite, mocha or black.

They top the hit list of decorative elements for fabrics: flowers and blossoms of every kind and size, from a scattering of tiny little flowers to big picturesque blossoms à la Andy Warhol. Animal motifs are still to be found on many decorative fabrics and pillow cases. Delicate creatures, such as butterflies, beetles and dragonflies, are conquering the world of home textiles against competition from imaginative Baroque designs, such as arabesques or médaillons, and classic border decorations, many of them slightly modified or blurred, but all in generally modern, contemporary shades. More and more products have relief-like, structured surfaces, from fine rep to cloqué fabrics. Many of the decorative fabrics at Heimtextil were offered together with transparent fabrics in matching colours and patterns. Praiseworthy newcomers are decorative black-out fabrics that are also available for crèches and kindergartens and, of course, comply with the latest safety regulations.

Stylishly covered armchairs and sofas
The cover fabrics presented at the fair were distinguished by great variety. Particularly numerous were collections with matching small patterns, which are suitable for combining as suites or using for decorative cushions. A large part of the fabrics have relief-like surfaces (ribs, rhombuses, carrés, circles, floral decorations), which lend character to monochrome fabrics. Gaining ground are artificial-leather fabrics for upholstery or wall coverings. They are smooth, monochrome and represent artificial-leather imitations or have fashionable, embossed decorative elements. Also gaining in popularity at the fair are decoratively patterned, weather resistant outdoor fabrics for the terrace, balcony or garden.

Stefan Jakob

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