All You Need to Know About Trendy Fabric Patterns and Their Names

As an interior decorator, I sometimes find myself assuming that my clients know what I’m talking about when I suggest a flamestitch or imperial trellis pattern for their upholstery fabric or new rug.  Then I get the confused stare:

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I have no idea what you are talking about . . . 

 

Today I’m going to clear it up for you, so mark it or Pin it as a handy-dandy reference for when you are deciding on which patterns to use in your home.

trendy fabric pattern names

Trendy Fabric Pattern Names

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Just a few notes:

Chevron and Flamestitch are different, although some Flamestitch patterns may be referred to as Chevron or Zig-Zag instead.  Chevron is a simple zig-zag, usually with just 2 colors, while Flamestitch is more complicated and usually has multiple layers and colors, and is not as rigid as a Chevron.

Ikat is pronounced “ee-cot,” but nearly no one actually pronounces it that way and even people in the fabric store may be perplexed if you do!

Toile is any pattern with a landscape or a repeating scenic picture.  You may have seen a lot of historic pictoral Toiles or Asian, but they can also be any kind of scenic picture, like children playing in a city park.

Zebra is the new Leopard.

Paisley is no longer a preppy 1980’s throwback.  It’s form is more flowing and typically more feminine than it used to be.

Moroccan may also be referred to as Quatrefoil.

Hexagon and Tiles are often used interchangeably.

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Karla
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Karla

Oh, no! I thought I ordered a trellis rug but it is actually Moroccan. Thank you for rescuing me from my cluelessness. I thought I was knowledgable in this area! Yikes…

Audra Slinkey
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Thanks Kristie, this is wonderful and I will definitely be pinning it!

Diane
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Diane

Thanks for the information. Very interesting although the houndstooth interior will always remind me of the car interior of the first vehicle I drove. I was mortified to be seen in at the time. How times change.

Jil Sonia Interiors
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is soooo handy. I love you!!
Again, thank you!!

Livia
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Very good idea to put all this info in one place with beautiful examples. …Pinned…

BarbaraPilcher @DIY Home Staging Tips
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I’ve pinned it as well. Thank you. Nice work!

Paula Van Hoogen
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Paula Van Hoogen

Thanks Kristie…I have always been fascinated with textiles, even as a little girl, I would lay on a interesting oriental rug when we visited my aunt an study the patterns for long stretches of time. Weavings are just amazing to me. Also, that SOMEONE thought of it and had it done! I did pin this and appreciate your taking time to put it up….

Taryn
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Taryn

Awesome! Thanks for the good info!

Nicole Schmauder
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Nicole Schmauder

I will try to pronounce ikat correctly. I always thought it was I-cat. Now I will think apricot (ee-cot).