A New Twist in Fabrics
-- Interior Design, 10/31/2009 12:00:00 AM
A passion for traditional textile techniques prompted Stockbridge, Massachusetts—based weaver Sam Kasten to team with likeminded Chicago interior designer Suzanne Lovell at Twill Textiles. Their goal—to replicate the look and feel of handwoven fabrics in industrially produced goods—is effortlessly realized in six of Kasten's latest patterns.
Uneven Herringbone adds fresh color to the apparel staple in linen and cotton, jacquard-woven in France. It comes in 56-inch-wide rolls and six colors: Ink, Pomegranate, Natural, Straw, Dark-Red, and Jet. Adapted from a handwoven twill sampler, the jacquard-woven Facet in wool-ramie uses the manufacturer's eco-friendly Climatex Lifecycle Home process, developed in Switzerland by Rohner Textil and certified Cradle to Cradle Gold by MBDC. Pick Pearl or Black & White for the 53-inch-wide design. The thick and opulent Mohair Dream, woven on a dobby loom in France from mohair, silk, and polyamide, comes in Pearl at 60 inches wide.
Lattice, inspired by gauze-like leno weaves, is produced on a jacquard loom in Belgium by arranging warp yarns in pairs and twisting them in alternating directions. It is available in Natural or Pearl, and is 55 inches wide. Hailing from Italy, jacquard-woven Lana pairs wool and linen in 54-inch-wide fabrics. Choose Pearl, Natural, Parchment, Straw, or Bittersweet. Back to France, the dobby-woven linen Crossroads utilizes a two-color warp and variegated weft size that sparks textural interest in the 54-inch-wide pattern, offered in Natural, Ginger, Lake, and Jet. 312-828-0088; twilltextiles.com. circle 410