Brocade (brōkād’) fabric was perfected in the 16th and 17th century in France, Italy, and Spain. The name Brocade comes from the Italian broccato meaning “embossed cloth”. Brocade has a rich raised floral design, often styled after flowers which was introduced during the weaving process. In China the weaving of silk dates from the Shang dynasty which developed complex patterns such as moiré, damask, and brocade. Brocade often uses gold or silver in embossed or embroidered effects in the raised patterns that appear on the fabric face. Motifs often seen in Brocade fabric are of scroll work, flowers, foliage or other designs. The rich, fairly heavy fabric is frequently used for evening gowns, but can be used for upholstery, and has been used for drapery, hangings, throw pillows, and very high end evening wear. Traditionally brocade material was made of silk, but today we see it both in silk and cotton blends. Brocade is one of the most authentic choices for french furniture as it was a typical fabric used in home furnishing in the sixteenth century. Some of the most beautiful brocade fabric comes in bold colors making it a perfect statement for a french gold gilded chair. Brocade also comes in many velvet blends which also are perfect upholstery choices for french chairs. Brocade is great to use as upholstery as some patterns are quite heavy weight material but may require backing before being used as upholstery.
A Painted Louis XV Bergere From Miguel Meirelles French Furniture & Antiques Melbourne Australia
This stunning Brocade Chair was Found on Style Hive
This stunning French Bergere Chair was found on Decorati through Style Hive
This Brocade chair is from Lorna Auerbach
Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, 1903–1993)