WHAT THE PROS KNOW: CHINTZ

What the Pros Know chintz on capella kincheloe interior design phoenix 1. Tree Poppy Union by Colefax and Fowler 2. Chintz Indian Textiles for the West 3. Christies  4. Meredith's Mercantile 5. Design for Chintz by William Kilburn 6. Elizabeth by Schumacher

PRONOUNCE: Chints

WHAT: Glazed fabric usually with a floral or bold pattern.

HISTORY: Chintz originated in India, strictly speaking it is a glazed fabric, but modernly it is known more for the grandmotherly floral patterns rather than the glaze.  The Indian woodblock was printed on the calico (muslin) fabric and put through a process called calendaring to get the shiny glaze.  During calendaring the fabric is put through rollers that put pressure and heat on the fabric resulting in a glaze.  The glaze is not permanent and fades with time & use.  Chintz was being imported from India into Europe at an alarming rate for the government, who banned chintz imports in France and England.

USES: Not to worry, chintz is no longer contraband and has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the past few years.  Now, you can do a lot of chintz or just a little with a pillow or lampshade.  Keep it modern by mixing it with animal prints or ikat.  Also works great with fun, bright colors and geometrics.  Can add a wonderful amount of history to a room, like a chair passed down from your chic English grandmother, because who's to know your Grams was born in New Jersey?

Michael Smith Bel Air in Elle Decor
*This post originally appeared on La Dolce Vita Blog, I am continuing my contributor series there today by delving into the glamorous world of passementerie.

LA DOLCE VITA BLOG TEAM

I am thrilled to be a part of the new La Dolce Vita contributor team.  About every six weeks you'll see me over there talking about a single design element that helps create a room.  I'll talk about the history and how to incorporate it into your home right now. In my first post I spoke about Cloisonne, the intricate enamelwork.  Today's post is all about Chintz.  Click here to read the full post.  I'd love to hear your comments!  You can view the complete series here: Design by the Details

Design by the Details Cloisonne by Capella Kincheloe Design by the Details chintz by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design