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Interior Textiles: Fabrics, Application, and Historic Style

Interior Textiles: Fabrics, Application, and Historic Style

Karla J. Nielson

ISBN: 978-0-471-60640-6

Jul 2007

512 pages

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When it comes to both the technical and aesthetic considerations of using textiles in interior design, this book gives working professionals what they need to know. You'll receive expert guidance to the process of textile specifications, selection, installation and maintenance, as well as an understanding of the properties of fabric types and a historical context of styles. Sustainable design and code issues are also considered. More than 500 illustrations and photographs elucidate key ideas.

This survey of textiles for interior design is divided into three main parts:

  • Fabrics: The interior design textile industry and marketplace. A study of fibers, yarns, constructions, and finishes. Codes and "green" design.
  • Applications: Textile specifications and coordination of upholstery and wall coverings, window treatments, linens and accessories, and rugs and carpeting.
  • Period Style: Oriental styles, Renaissance and Formal styles, Medieval, Colonial, Country and Provence styles, Regional and Ethnic styles, and Modern styles.

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Chapter 1: The Textiles Industry, Profession and Careers.

Chapter 2: Sustainable Interior Textiles.

Chapter 3: Natural and Manufactured Fibers.

Chapter 4: Yarns and Fabric Construction.

Chapter 5: Fabric Conversion: Coloring and Finishing.


Chapter 6: Textile Specifications, Testing and Labeling.

Chapter 7: Textile Aesthetics.

Chapter 8: Upholstered Furniture and Slipcovers.

Chapter 9: Textile Wallcoverings.

Chapter 10: Window Treatments.

Chapter 11: Linens and Accessories.

Chapter 12: Broadloom Carpeting.

Chapter 13: Hand- and Machine-Made Area Rugs.


Chapter 14: Oriental Styles.

Chapter 15: Formal Traditional Styles.

Chapter 16: Medieval, Colonial and Country Styles.

Chapter 17: Regional and Thematic Styles.

Chapter 18: Modern Styles.






"Following an overview of the textiles industry, fabrics and fibers are discussed, as well as applications for furniture, wall coverings, and other uses." (Book News, February 2008)
  • Provides a thorough understanding of one of the most important materials an interior designer works with
  • Encompasses both technical information and aesthetic application to offer practical knowledge the interior designer can use
  • Special emphasis is given to textile specification, testing, and maintenance for contract and residential considerations
  • Sustainable design is considered for a working knowledge of how to design "green"
  • 530 illustrations, including 30 color photographs, demonstrate textile processes and applications, as well as historical styles
  • Many chapters list relevant associations and organizations that can be used as additional resources