Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chintz Fabric

Chintz- originally a glazed calico textile.
Chintz's made a big splash in the 1980's and 90's.
The decorator, Mario Buatta, was named "The Prince
of Chintz". He would cover one room head to toe with
it, including the walls. Recently I had some wonderful old
pieces come in that are covered in old '90's chintz.

 This is a sweet shell print Chintz, if you look closely at the back side of
the skirt, you can see where over time the glaze on the fabric has worn off.

The cushion on the wicker bench that came in is a perfect example of old
Chintz patterns. This is a Warner fabric from their Eastern Cold Collection
called Water Flowers and was purchased at the Second Yard in Charlottesville.
I love the cranes and the lily pads. Again you can see were the sheen is gone from
the cushion and has faded in color compared to the extra piece under the cushion.

Above is one of my favorite Chintzes, Bowood from Colefax and Fowler. I do not think
that all colorways are still available. This pattern has been around since the 1950's and is
one I love to use.

And here we have a new Chintz called Elizabeth, designed by the decorator Alessanrda
Branca for Schumacher. This is a beautiful fabric and very reminiscence of the old Chintzes.
You can find old Chintz fabrics on Ebay and Etsy, they make great pillow fabric.

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