I first stumbled across these fabrics at the iconic Peppergreen antique emporium in the Southern Highlands…..sadly no longer. Shelves and even bolts of this vintage linen, cotton and flax grain sack fabric. I think what draws me to it is the subtlety in colour variation. All very neutral, really only varying in texture from the soft scrubbed finish to a much coarser, almost hessianlike fabric.
The faded imprint of the logo or manufacturer only adds to the appeal….almost like works of art.
Also falling into this category of fabrics I feel are the gorgeous antique european mangle cloths. These are a softer colour palette and finer texture….fabulous for tablecloths and serviettes. I love the subtle stripe to the edge…..always faded red or navy.
Being so neutral these fabrics combine well with pattern…..however with their subtle shades of cream, putty or taupe are at their most elegant when incorporated into a cream or white interior. Have fun with scatter cushions and interesting trimming….and think about loose covers !!
The most exciting part is searching for these fabrics at your favourite antique market…..