Top French Textile Designers
I was walking through the local park with a friend in our oh-so-upscale little ‘village’ in Florida, when a woman walked toward us. My friend commented to her, “Oh, I like your purse.” She paused a half step and responded “Dior”, before stepping her way on down the walkway.
Now that’s what I call name-dropping, particularly in the face of an innocent compliment and about as boorish as it is ill-mannered. So why am I going on about ‘name-dropping’? Because that is precisely what I intend to do in discussing one of my favorite topics – sumptuous, breathtaking, lovely-to-touch French fabrics.
You simply can’t cover the topic properly without a touch of D. Porthault here and Frey there. There now. Please accept my rather limp apology for this transgression.
Naturally you can discover fine French linens and fabrics in a number of boutiques and high-end department stores in the United States, but I have discovered a very nice, comprehensive on-line store with an impressive offering of table linens, towels, kitchen and bedroom textiles and fabric by the yard (or meter). French-brand.com offers what may be the widest selection of Designer Luxury Bedding anywhere on the Internet. Imagine the wealth of choices – over 45 brands from France and elsewhere and up to 50 designs per brand in silk, pure linen, cotton mixes, Egyptian and Organic Cotton.
Let’s just introduce a small sampling …. Like The Company Olivier Thévenon Sélection, created in 1908 and specializing in upholstery fabrics, coordinating net and jacquards. Moutet is another from the French Basque country with very traditional stripes as well as crisp and colorful contemporary designs. Pierre Frey is synonymous with luxury in home décor and fabulous fabric and wallpaper designs. In the wonderful French tradition, Pierre Frey brings a sumptuous look and feel to any room with a blend of touch, sight and harmony among patterns.
I love to shop at the base of Montmartre in Paris, where textile shops fill the streets from multi-story department stores to barely-large-enough-to-walk-around-in boutiques. It is one of my favorite pastimes. Perhaps, I have now discovered ‘the next best thing’ to shopping there.
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