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chenille: return of the retro fabric

Posted by lorrainelea on May 20, '15

Fess up... did you grow up with a chenille quilt cover on your bed?

Many of us remember owning a chenille bathrobe at some point in our lives, or recall an intricate chenille design coverlet on the guest bed at grandma's house.

old chenille Chenille designs of yester-year...

A hugely popular fabric for bedspreads and garments in the 20th century, this soft and fuzzy textile is now experiencing an exciting retro resurgence.

chenille-fabric Caterpillar-like texture of chenille

Chenille, the French word for caterpillar, is an apt description of the textile, which has a tufted and protruding pile. Its intricate look and luxurious feel are sure to make it a crowd favourite as we head into the cooler months.

The dated chenille designs that were common place in homes from the 1930s have now been given new life. Fueled by nostalgia, designers worldwide are re-purposing and re-imagining chenille in a range of fashion and home decor items.

New-York-Fashion-Week-Victoria-Beckham-show4 Chenille as featured in Victoria Beckham's Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection. Photo Cred: The Daily Design News.

Now, instead of pastel floral motifs of yester-year, this interesting fabric is appearing on bold and structured quilt cover designs and runway fashion garments.

Meridian Add a myriad of colour and texture to the bedroom with Lorraine Lea's chenille Meridian Quilt Cover

Are you ready to welcome chenille back into your home? Check this out!

Topics: chenille, fabric, home, home fashion, home styling, textiles, bedlinen, fashion, quilt cover, retro, vintage

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