Decades after developing Xorel, Carnegie keeps pushing the potential of this proprietary polyethylene, first used for fabrics. Its latest incarnation is Xorel Graphic, a group of wall coverings produced via a combination of digital printing and jacquard weaving. While not new to the textile realm, digital printing is generally limited to treatments in which the textile is simply the medium for printed patterns or images. With Xorel Graphic, transparent yarn is woven on top of printed colors. This creates dimensional nuances, as each pattern reveals a different aesthetic possibility of the process.
Nodding to William Morris, Sanctuary's patterning defi es visual classifi cation as a woven or print. Medusa's serpentine lines demonstrate the echo effect of woven layers following the printed pattern beneath. A bold stripe with a six-color repeat, Awning makes a winning partner for more subdued styles-Pixel defi nitely isn't one of them, its squares flaunting the collection's color range from brights to midtones and neutrals. Finally, Grassland's crepe weave shows the potential for more textural treatments. Or not quite fi nally. Digital printing makes almost any custom pattern possible. 800-727-6770; carnegiefabrics.com.
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