Using Fabrics as Art

Saffron Marigold - Updated: August 6, 2014

I love beautiful fabrics and I am always looking for ideas to incorporate them into my home’s décor. I am talking not just about using them as home furnishing fabrics like upholstery or bed linen and pillows but about displaying them as art to create an individual and striking look.

The next time you bring back that yard of ikat or batik fabric from a trip to Bali, a vintage suzani from a Silk Road tour or a block print scarf from Jaipur and are wondering what to do with it, consider these ideas for showcasing your finds.

Frame them in simple and elegant frames or stretch them like canvas and create a masterpiece of your own!

Framed Print
Source: Country Living Magazine

Displaying your favorite fabrics evokes the wonderful memories associated with it and creates a relaxing atmosphere in addition to adding a global flavor to your room.

You may pair similar shades of color like in the picture above from Country Living- the neutral colors work well together or use it as a bright contrast accent like the pink and white suzani in this picture from Elle Décor.

Pink and White Suzani
Image from Elle Décor

Vintage everyday fabrics like handkerchiefs, scarves, a scrap from a favorite childhood dress or any fabric remnant can also be displayed as art.

Everyday fabrics as art
By Keith Scott Morton for Country Living

You could even go a step further and create a whole group to hang together. My all-time favorite is the Swatch portraits from The Purl Bee. Visit them to get the full how-to for creating your own swatch portraits,

Swatch Portraits
Source: The Purl Bee

Do share your ideas with us- we would love to hear from you!

Stay tuned for my next post where I use the Saffron Marigold fabrics to create a fabric art masterpiece of my own!

One response

  1. Hi Saffron Marigold!

    Do my eyes deceive me, or is “Tropical Garden” on the orange-peach side??? I know it says “red,” but in most of the pics I’m getting an orangy-peach feel. Can you let me know?

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