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In vogue at Decosit.

BRUSSELS--Several trends emerged for the fall marketplace at the 18th annual Decosit, the international fabric fair for upholstery. Texture was a big hit in velvets, chenilles and ethnic-inspired creations, while prints in new and sometimes playful designs seemed to be staging a comeback.

Although prints have been less popular in recent years, they are re-emerging in designs that replicate some of the surface interest of wovens. "Everyone wants surface interest today, especially for curtains," said Patrick Meyer, export sales manager at MFTA, which last year launched a collection of prints on a heavier canvas ground.

"Everything is possible in prints at this moment, " said Wim Dirkx, chief designer at Texoprint. "We are still seeing a lot of interest in silk and have introduced a line of real ikat designs in warm colors and also brighter tones in contemporary patterns. But we are moving away from very brights to make the patterns more livable. These often have metallic accents, which remain hot."

Velvets, velours and chenilles abounded at the fair, continuing last year's resurgence of the fabrics. While last year there was a focus on solid colors, this year's Decosit saw the introduction of more patterns such as geometric styles from De Poortere Freres of Belgium to the houndstooth checks from Enzo Degli Angiuoni SpA.

Kilim-style and ethnic designs were also featured, such as those at Aste, Crowson and John Wilman. "Our chenilles have done very well and we have introduced one with a slightly heavier yarn to give it more texture," said David Schmidt, vice president of sales and marketing at Valdese. "There also has been a lot of interest in our kilim-style designs in jewel colors, although a lot of people are asking for a lightening of the palette. "

Weave Corp. of the U.S. took the idea a step further with its line of boucles in apparel-type bright shades. Glen Street Studio at Malden Mills moved flock into the modern era with its geometric Zig Zag II design.

Following on from Heimtex, figurative patterns remained a major story in woven fabrics, including the elephant design at Algemene of Belgium, Manatex florals, the American country designs at Culp & Waverly, and the topiary, tassel and sea shell patterns at Portfolio Textiles.

Diversified geometric patterns were another main theme; MFTA displayed stripes while Lakatex capitalized on the continued interest in heraldic prints. Covington and Crowson showed large-scale florals and Swinkels and Texoprint gave prominence to naif figurative designs of houses or beach scenes.

For the third year, Textivision grouped 15 weavers from Belgium under the heading The Flemish Masters: Algemene, Bekaert-Depla, Bruvatex-Sagaert & Speyer, Comag Furnishing Industries, Deltracon, Depreatere Industries, Desalux, Deslee, Christian Devos, Fibertex, Goeters, "Ars & Labor," Romain Maes, Tavelmo and J. & S. Van Neder en Verstraete-Verbauwede.

The inspiration for the companies this year was the decorative frames on miniature paintings in Flemish breweries dating back to the 15th centurs: The fabrics, all in an historical style, ranged from calligraphy patterns to florals.

RELATED ARTICLE: Decosit Trends Continue at TIP

Many of the trends visible at Decosit were also seen at the fourth annual Textiles d'Interieur Premiere (TIP) in Brussels, Belgium, which concentrates on fabrics for curtains and beddings as well as textiles designs.

The fair, which ran from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3., was organized by The Trade Link Co. of the U.K., and attracted more than 2,500 visitors from 63 countries.

First-time exhibitors included an Indian company, Decitex, one of the country's largest jacguard and print mills. Mediterranean colors in floral and geometric patterns were a main theme at TIP, as seen at such companies as Prestigious Textiles and Curtina. SMD Textiles caught the ethnic theme with its collection of Native America-inspired prints, while Decitex showed jacguards in damask styles and checks in jewel tones.
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Title Annotation:includes related article on Decosit trends at Textiles d'Interieur Premiere
Author:Fallon, James
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Sep 16, 1996
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