The Jacquard loom, invented by French weaver Joseph-Marie Jacquard in 1805, revolutionized the textile industry by simplifying the weaving process and creating intricate patterns with minimal human intervention. The loom combined advancements from previous inventors, including Bouchier’s needles and hooks, Falcon’s chain of cards, and Vancauson’s prism and lantern wheel mechanism. The loom’s impact on weaving technology and automation is significant, as it paved the way for further advancements in weaving technology and automation.
Kvadrat, founded in 1968 in Denmark, is a global leader in high-quality, contemporary textiles. Emphasizing quality, craftsmanship, and collaboration with renowned designers, Kvadrat creates visually striking and durable fabrics suitable for various industries. The company is committed to sustainability, ethical manufacturing, and reducing environmental impact. Kvadrat’s textiles are versatile and adaptable, found in various industries like architecture, interior design, and fashion.
Ethel Mairet was a British weaver who lived in Ceylon and Chipping Campden. In 1918, she moved to Ditchling, Sussex, where she set up her workshop, Gospels. She sought a fresh educational approach to hand-weaving and was particularly knowledgeable about vegetable dyes. She was elected Royal Designer for Industry in 1938 and her weavings were included in the 1979-80 “Thirties’ exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London.
Honiton lace is a type of bobbin lace made in Honiton, Devon, in the United Kingdom. Its ornate motifs and complex patterns are created separately, before being sewn into a net ground. Common motifs include daisies, roses, shamrocks, ivy leaves, lilies, camellias, convolvulus, poppies, briony, antwerp diamonds, trefoils, ferns, and acorns.
After WWII, the company maintained its progressive edge with the sale of beautiful wallpapers by designers such as Lucienne Day, Salvador Dal, Shinkichi Tajiri, and Bruno Munari. The firm released their Zeitwande (Timewalls) wallpaper line in 1992, which featured designs by Ron Arad, Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Borek Spek, and Matteo Thun.