Replacing your headboard gives you a unique opportunity to reinvent the appearance of your bedroom, but with so many colours and fabrics available, finalizing your decision can be a bit difficult.
The last few years have seen a huge resurgence in vintage fashion, with homeowners clambering for furnishings and fixtures with an antiquated charm. You can add this very same ‘charm’ to your bedroom by choosing a luxury Damask finish for your upholstered headboard.
Commonly associated with antique furniture, this centuries-old fabric has become renowned for its luxurious overtones and charming vintage feel. This makes it far more at home in period interiors, but Damask King is finding increasing favour with modern homeowners as its old-fashioned charm can be used to offset the sometimes austere feeling of a modern interior.
Damask is a type of ‘reversible figured’ fabric, characterized by a background of lustrous material upon which a network of raised patterns and designs are superimposed. These designs vary considerably. The most common feature basic geometrical shapes or floral themes, with more intricate patterns depicting animals and even simple scenes.
The term Damask doesn’t actually refer to any material per se, but instead refers to the style of weaving used to create the fabric. Damask is traditionally made from silk, but modern variants include wool, linen, and synthetic fibres.
Historically, Damask has been used in clothing, drapery, general upholstery and fabric wallpapering. It is one of the five major weaving techniques to have emerged from the Byzantine and Islamic empires, the others being tabby, twill, lampas and tapestry. Over the ensuing centuries it spread from Asia, into the Middle East and was eventually introduced into Europe in the 12th Century through newly established trade routes.
Around the same time the city of Demascus was rising in prominence as a centre of textile production. As most of the Damask exported to Europe was made here, the fabric earned close associations with the city and would eventually be named after it.
It wasn’t until the innovation of the Jacquard Loom in the early nineteenth century that the fabric was manufactured on a commercial scale.The loom, which worked by using a series of punched cards to ‘programme’ the position of the warp and threads, made the fabric much easier to make and therefore more affordable. Modern looms work on a computerized system.
Upholstered headboards are now available in a wide selection of contemporary designs and colours, which create a fantastic synthesis of traditional style and modern flare.
Peter Jenny is an experienced writer with a Masters Degree in Operations Management. Peter has a wealth of experience in the lighting industry and is keen to share his knowledge about upcoming products and new discussions around LED lighting. He is currently working as a Content Manager at Wholesale LED Lights, UK.