Anyone who has shopped with a woman knows the drill: She must touch everything she peruses. The same should be true for home décor, local shopkeepers, designers and artisans say. To that end, textiles are having a major moment in home design.
“I find that texture really makes a room,” says Robyn Parker, a Phoenix artist who crafts woven wall art and macrame pieces for her Woven by Ro label. “I love how fiber arts can transform a flat, dull surface and elevate it to a new level.”
Textiles satisfy our dual needs for comfort and adventure. “Using textiles at home to represent a more global sense – an extension of travels – has been trending,” says Scott Kravet, chief creative director of Kravet, Inc., which specializes in high-end fabrics. “People want to bring their travel experience and worldly aesthetic into the home to complement their collectibles… It becomes a representation of everything that makes them happy.”
Meg Van Lith, owner of Tierra Del Lagarto in Scottsdale, agrees. She travels the world sourcing textiles. “Textile junkies? That’s us! It’s a total passion of mine in particular,” Van Lith says. “It’s really been fun to explore all the types of indigenous things… I think people are becoming a little more adventurous with the way they decorate their homes, and having something more authentic that’s made by hand and not something you pick up out of a big-box store is appealing.”
In fact, textiles have also played into the DIY trend. “A lot of people prefer to make things themselves,” says Martha Rosas, manager at SAS Fabrics Superstore in Phoenix. Sales associate Dugald Armstrong says SAS customers love the customization choosing their own fabrics provides. “I think it’s more of a designer world nowadays. Everybody wants to be unique… It’s so easy to create something original.” And something stroke-worthy.
Tierra Del Lagarto
15330 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
Owner Meg Van Lith loves the versatility of textiles. She’s sold floor pillows to be used as dog beds, throw rugs to be used as bath mats, old saris to be used as curtains and huge rugs to be used as wall art, like this 1960s Suzani from Uzbekistan. “You don’t need to have an allover ethnic look to use some cool ethnic textiles. Adding a piece here or there adds the spice.” Prices range from $35-$1,000 and up.
“A large-scale macrame can be such a beautiful statement piece over a headboard in a bedroom, or as the centerpiece above a living room sofa,” fiber artist Robyn Parker says. “Most pieces I create have a neutral undertone, which allows them to be rotated through a home.” Find her pieces at local markets and at Vida Moulin boutique in Phoenix. Pieces start at $60.
9840 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix
“This one’s become popular,” sales associate Dugald Armstrong says of the printed burlap (starting at $2.25 per yard) at SAS, owned by Janina Zukotynski’s family for more than 50 years. “I have a customer who came in who wanted to reupholster a headboard for her bed… It’s a great outdoor fabric, too. You’re not worried about it getting dusty and dirty out on your table. It gives it different textures, which everyone loves.”
2728 N. 68th St., Scottsdale
“People are driven by social media and apparel and want to translate looks that inspire them into the home,” chief creative director Scott Kravet says. “As seen here, the kate spade new york collection presents a specific aesthetic and notion of the overall lifestyle of the brand that people want to duplicate in their own homes.” Prices vary by project.