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FABRICS FOR A GLOBAL MARKET.

Home furnishing trends might not change as quickly as those in apparel, but textiles are certainly catching up. And while there are still several mainstays in the industry -- such as the antique trend seen here -- fabric mills and converters give manufacturers a new spin on an old favorite each season.

Gardening is big business, worldwide. And suppliers are honing in on the trend, creating looks inspired by gardens that are fresh and have already proven to be very saleable. Global inspirations, meanwhile, are becoming more important as everyone talks about how the world is getting smaller. Two other trends, both based on coloration, bring important elements to the table as well. Green gets dressed up, while red and gold get the royal touch.

The groups featured here are just some of the many trends that await manufacturers and buyers at this year's Heimtextil show.

Global Accents

Ethnic looks continue to be strong with the emphasis on rich colorations and heavy textural elements. Plain textured cloths are accented by kilim-like patterns and combinations of abstract looks and natural elements that bring a cultural feel to the forefront.

Green With Envy

The apple green coloration from season's past has turned darker and grown lusher. Rose and red accents lighten it up, while fabrications provide a variety of hands - from seersucker and matelasse to chenille and velvet.

Covered In Romance

Antiqued looks have been a mainstay in the home fabric industry for some time and this season is no different. Soft, washed cloths -- with velvet and chenille accents added for texture -- come to life with a variety of floral looks and matching coordinating striped patterns that provide balance.

Escape to the Garden

Lively and bright, these looks would make any group of perennials grow and prove that the garden trend is still strong. Plain cloths, as well as textured fabrics, create the landscape for vibrant, fresh colorations that include hues of greens, blues, yellows and reds.

Royal Flush

Rich fabrications reign supreme here. Colorations include regal reds and metallics, especially gold. The hand is luxe as well -- look for plush chenilles and silk-like looks and even fabrics that skillfully combine a variety of textures.
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Author:Gilbert, Daniela
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Dec 21, 1998
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