The Re-Introduction of Bouclé Fabric

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Bouclé fabric made its debut in the late 1940s when Florence Knoll requested Eero Saarinen design a chair that she could really “curl up in”. The product of her request was Saarinen’s Womb Chair (1948) in a nubby textile made from a yarn of curled fibers, now known as Knoll’s Classic Bouclé. Bouclé is derived from the French word meaning “ringed” or “curled”. Bouclé can refer to a yarn made from a series of looped fiber or the fabric made from it. The most common fiber to be used for this technique is wool, but cotton, linen, and even silk has been used for achieving this texture. In the decade following Saarinen’s innovative design, bouclé spread wildly within fashion and most notably, in mid century modern furniture designs. The reason for the materials popularity now and then is due to its unique range of benefits. It is heavy enough to offer acoustic absorption when needed, but soft enough to upholster your favorite chair frame or pillow with it. We are living in a time where the most important characteristics of designer’s selections are safety and comfort, and as the demand shifts to a fabric that is abundant in texture yet breathable in weight for different applications, Bouclé seems to be the most popular offering.

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