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Heimtextil: Sustainable textiles once again on the advance
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Feb '12
New designs and innovative functions were on show across all product groups at Heimtextil 2012 in Frankfurt am Main. From 11 to 14 January 2012, 2,634 exhibitors from all corners of the globe showcased the materials, colours, patterns and shapes that will dominate the fashions for the coming season.

The international trade fair for home and contract textiles presented an impressive spectrum of floor coverings, decorative and furnishing fabrics, blinds and sunshades, as well as wallpapers and wall coverings of all kinds. Equally, the latest trends in bathroom fabrics and, indeed, for bed and table linen were on display. Once again it is the sustainably manufactured products that are on the advance at Heimtextil where they attracted particular admiration.

They were first to be seen in clothing fashions, now they have found their way into the home: colours such as plum, lime, raspberry red, aubergine or a pithy green are in frequent use for home textiles. Green was definitely the up-and-coming colour at Heimtextil, often combined with aqua, maize, beige or curry tones.

The more elegant the fabric, the darker the colours, which are then, however, brightened up with subtle lustres to the material or with interwoven special-effect threads and, as a result, shimmer discreetly.

Natural colour combinations such as brown, greige and beige or contrasts such as black and white are used mostly for fabrics with bold, clear patterns. Weave structure is more sophisticated than it has ever been. Decorative ribbing, embroidery, crushed finishes, ornaments, pleats, interwoven decorative yarns or tiny ribbons give materials greater definition. It is particularly fabrics with a uniform colour, or tone-in-tone patterning that make a stronger impression with their structured relief, without appearing to dominate the visual effect of the room.

The pattern palette for fabrics ranges from floral decoration and stripes of all sorts and kinds of width to huge blossoms and geometrical designs (up to 30 centimetres wide). Decoration is, however, on the whole, more delicate and the colour combinations more conservative than in previous years. Various natural and synthetic yarns are often mixed in subtle and sophisticated ways to achieve particular optical effects.

Colourfully transparent and translucent fabrics are also making a more fashion-conscious impression. So that, for instance, voiles, which were once only available in white and beige, are now offered in a wide range of colours.

These finely woven materials are often given additional decoration with interwoven lurex yarns, embroidery, crystalline stones or sequins. Burn-outs, whose see-through decorative patterns are achieved by chemically dissolving parts of the weave, were considered to be amongst the most up-and-coming products at Heimtextil. Often, there are patterns with alternating matt and glossy effects. When it comes to upholstery fabrics, there were many monochrome-like patterns on show at Heimtextil.

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