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Inspirations: Hot Damask

The timeless botanical motif goes beyond the loom

Written by Clara Haneberg

The term “damask,” which takes its name from the ancient city of Damascus, might conjure images of rich tapestries or Henry VIII’s regal robes. Traditionally, that’s exactly how weighty silks and linens woven with a reversible design were used. But today, this medallion-shape botanical motif is everywhere—and on much more than just fabric. From the fall fashion runway to cabinet fretwork and lamp bases, we share the latest damask designs. 

Blue brocade dress from Mary Katrantzou’s fall/winter 2015 collection. (

Shift dress and fur-trim trench coat by Alice and Olivia. (

French Heritage’s oak “Vauvert Bar” with damask fretwork. (

Massoud’s classic “525 Settee” upholstered in “Cotillion Pool” damask fabric. (

Floral brocade wedge sandals by Miu Miu. (

The hand-knotted wool “Nouveau” rug by Jonathan Saunders for The Rug Company features damask shapes reminiscent of Lalique glass. (

“Dressed Up Damask” wallpaper with raised design by York Wallcoverings. (

Fortuny “Caravaggio Avio & Red with Prima Alpaca” pillows. (

Damask print makes a statement on the “Serpentine Chair” by Hancock & Moore. (

Safavieh’s “Grant Ottoman” in Maize/Beige with nailhead detailing. (

“French Damask” pendant light with laser-cut shade by Quorum International. (