Textile Design and Textile Designers

Have you ever checked out a clothing store's lovely colored fabrics? Did it make you wonder who decides which cloth will be woven out of wool or cotton and what color it will be? These details are up to a textile designer.

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Creating and producing the structure and appearance of a fabric is known as textile design. Textile designers visualize how they want a fabric to look and feel and then bring the vision to life. These highly skilled designers might choose a particular pattern for certain fabrics or they might experiment with weaving different types of thread together to create a custom look. Other desired effects might be achieved by specifying what dyeing method to be used or what fabric to dye.

Each culture has distinct textiles, go-to colors, favorite patterns, and beloved fibers, depending on the time period and location. Just as today, style trends come and go. Read on to explore some of textile design's high points in history. Although the names of the earliest textile designers were eventually forgotten with time, their efforts and impacts on the textile design world linger on.

Textile Design: A Brief History

Textile design dates back thousands of years - as early as 5000 BC - beginning with silks and cottons from China and India. Upon the development of trade networks between Asian, Middle Eastern, and European countries, textiles proved to be valuable commodities. Despite a lack of knowledge around the specifics of who designed the first textiles, it is apparent someone was in control of which colors, fabrics, and patterns were being used.

Advancements in textile design techniques such as improved dyeing processes gave way to new textile markets in Europe by the arrival of the 14th century. Methods created in one area of the world eventually made their way to other locations. For instance, damask, a weaving method that creates monotone designs visible through reflection and sheen, first appeared in China. By the 14th century, Italy was specializing in high quality damasks.

England and France increased their number of cotton imports woven, painted, and printed in India during part of the Baroque Period (1620 to 1660). Cotton products produced in India, known by their generic name as Calico, were originally created in Calcutta. Typical patterns included geometric designs and tiny flowers. This same period also saw a major rise in the silk industry, especially in France where skilled artisans created lovely patterned silk textiles.

Vintage Mid Century Scandinavian Textile Design

Traditionally, textiles in Scandinavia often featured geometric patterns and were typically used for a variety of household functions. Scandinavia has a long tradition of red and blue striped fabric, sometimes with flower-like shapes or stylish animal forms. It is not uncommon to find older Scandinavian fabrics featuring rows of identical designs or grids covering the entire fabric. Thanks to a hefty supply of linen, wool, and cotton, natural materials were used for a host of goods.

For example, Ekelund Weavers -- a Swedish, family-owned company -- has been producing fabrics with contemporary and traditional patterns for over 400 years. With crisp, clear, colorful, designs inspired by nature, their creations are stunningly beautiful without being overly cluttered or fussy. All their items are beautiful as well as useful, with common items including table runners, dishcloths, and towels.

Several women weavers and designers in Scandinavia's early 20th century began getting noticed for their work. Among the most notable was Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom, a Swedish weaver who gained notoriety for her rug patterns and designs. Her nature inspired designs featured geometric colors and shapes that reflected the tones and light of summer. In 1919 she initiated her own weaving workshop and became highly sought after.

Following World War II, Scandinavian textile design -- and a good portion of interior design -- gained popularity throughout the USA and parts of Europe. Designs began to become more contemporary, bolder, and with more vibrant colors. Still, these designs stayed true to their Scandinavian roots, maintaining nature-inspired elements and stylized, clean, crisp geometry made up largely of natural materials.

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Collection Of pieces that were created by some of the most iconic textile designers:

Art Rugs by Artist Eevahenna Aalto - Nazmiyal
Eevahenna Aalto

Art Rugs by Artist Anna Johanna Aengstroem - Nazmiyal
Anna Johanna Aengstroem

Art Rugs by Artist Ethel Halvar Andersson - Nazmiyal
Ethel Halvar Andersson

Art Rugs by Artist Anne Marie Boberg - Nazmiyal
Anne Marie Boberg

Art Rugs by Artist Ivan Da Silva Bruhns - Nazmiyal
Ivan Da Silva Bruhns

Art Rugs by Artist Pierre Cardin - Nazmiyal
Pierre Cardin

Art Rugs by Artist Rakel Callander - Nazmiyal
Rakel Callander

Art Rugs by Artist Ingrid Dessau - Nazmiyal
Ingrid Dessau

Art Rugs by Artist Olga Fisch - Nazmiyal
Olga Fisch Rugs

Art Rugs by Artist Marta Gahn - Nazmiyal
Marta Gahn

Art Rugs by Artist Elsa Gullberg - Nazmiyal
Elsa Gullberg

Art Rugs by Artist Brita Grahn - Nazmiyal
Brita Grahn

Art Rugs by Artist Anna Gretta - Nazmiyal
Anna Gretta

Gavleborgs Lans Hemslojd - Nazmiyal
Gavleborgs Lans Hemslojd

Art Rugs by Artist Klockaregardens Hemslojd - Nazmiyal
Klockaregardens Hemslojd

Art Rugs by Artist Judith Johansson - Nazmiyal
Judith Johansson

Art Rugs / Coverlets by Artist John Kachel - Nazmiyal
John Kachel

Art Rugs by Artist Berit Koenig - Nazmiyal
Berit Koenig

Art Rugs by Artist Hildo Krop - Nazmiyal
Hildo Krop

Art Rugs by The Kinheim Artist Workshop - Nazmiyal
Kinheim Workshop

Art Rugs and Tapestries by Artist Hans Krondahl - Nazmiyal
Hans Krondahl

Art Rugs by Artist Leleu - Nazmiyal
Rugs by Leleu

Art Rugs and Tapestries by Artist Jean Lurcat - Nazmiyal
Jean Lurcat

Art Rugs by Artist Barbro Nilsson Nee Lundberg - Nazmiyal
Barbro Nilsson Nee Lundberg

Art Rugs by Artist Britta Rendahl Ljusterdal - Nazmiyal
Britta Rendahl Ljusterdal

Art Rugs by Artist Marta Maas Fjetterstrom - Nazmiyal
Marta Maas

Art Rugs by Artist Decore Installe Meuble DIM - Nazmiyal
Decore Installe Meuble DIM

Art Rugs and Textile Art by Artist Ottavio Missoni - Nazmiyal
Ottavio Missoni

Art Rugs by Artist Gavin Morton - Nazmiyal
Gavin Morton

Art Rugs and Tapestries by Artist Brita Molin - Nazmiyal
Brita Molin

Art Rugs by Artist Agda Osterberg - Nazmiyal
Agda Osterberg

Art Rugs and Fabric Textiles by Mid Century Artist Verner Panton - Nazmiyal
Verner Panton

Textile Art Fabrics by Verner Panton - Nazmiyal
Verner Panton Fabrics

Art Rugs by Artist Ulla Parkdal - Nazmiyal
Ulla Parkdal

Art Rugs by Artist Emilio Pucci - Nazmiyal
Emilio Pucci

Art Rugs by Artist Jacques Emile Ruhlmann - Nazmiyal
Jacques Emile Ruhlmann

Art Rugs by Artist Marianne Richter - Nazmiyal
Marianne Richter

Art Rugs by Artist Ida Rydelius - Namziyal
Ida Rydelius

Art Rugs by Artist Ingegerd Silow - Nazmiyal
Ingegerd Silow

Art Rugs by Artist Ellen Stahlbrand - Nazmiyal
Ellen Stahlbrand

Art Rugs by Artist Barbro Sprinchorn - Nazmiyal
Barbro Sprinchorn

Art Rugs by Artist Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg - Nazmiyal
Gunilla Ullberg

Frank Lloyd Wright Textiles
Frank Lloyd Wright

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