Origin & Pattern
In rows of oval medallions and floral motifs we see a range of stylized pomegranates – a typical motif for damasks and brocades ever since the middle ages that was at the height of its popularity in the Renaissance. The pomegranate is a symbol of fertility, love, life, and immortality because of its abundant seeds and brilliant color. In the 15th century it was a favorite motif among Italian weavers in Venice and Florence, where our pattern originates.
The original textile that serves as the basis for this historical reproduction switched hands a number of times, moving from one Italian collection to another until the Second World War. In the mid 20th century it made its way to the United States, where it is now at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Like brocade, damask is a fabric where the pattern is woven in. The technique, known as early as the middle ages, relies on the visual contrast of different weaves. The fabric is densely woven of fine silk and cotton threads, making a high level of detail possible. Damask is smooth, with a slight sheen, soft to the touch and breathable.
Reproductions of period fabrics such as this are perfect for sewing historical costumes and also bring something special to modern interiors or contemporary fashions.
Under damask we recommend using a silk lining, such as habotai or voile.
We recommend dry cleaning this fabric at a reliable dry cleaner. In our tests of how to wash silk this fabric stood up to gentle hand washing. If you risk hand washing, use lukewarm water and a delicate detergent for woolens; do not wring or squeeze dry; block dry on a flat surface. Dry iron on the back on the lowest setting.