Damask ( ˈda-məsk ) is a fabric with a pattern formed by weaving.  The pattern is thus visible on both sides,  and often depicts flowers, fruit, forms of animal life, and/or other types of ornament.

Damask originated as the signature fabric of Damascus,  the capital city of Syria, where it began being exported to Europe in the Middle Ages.

It remains a popular fabric today, most often used for drapery, upholstery, and table linens.

A beautiful example from G. P. & J. Baker, available at Lee Jofa.

Image / G. P. & J. Baker’s velvet Henley Damask in Teal, Item #A2123 – 3 via G. P. & J. Baker  /

Author: Sarah Sarna

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