Dream homes remain in dreams majority of the times. They hardly become reality. This is because one need to work hard in order to get their dream homes. This is true not just in terms of money, but also in terms of 'sense'! It is not easy to put our imaginations into reality. Even if one has a lot of money, one may not achieve their dream home. Dream homes are perfect homes; desired by many but attcained by only a few. Choosing the right home textiles can help in this case.

Textiles can be used to cover body. It can also be used to cover furniture, home appliances, and other materials. Any piece of textile that is used to decorate houses can be called home textiles. It can include curtains, bed sheets, aprons, and even wallpapers. They come in various colors, designs, and sizes. Using them adds glamour to a house. If chosen with care, it can change the entire look of the house. Home textiles have a considerable role to play in a dream home.

Nowadays, many designers indulge in designing home textiles. People are ready to pay any price in order to make their houses look beautiful and serene. Designers are cashing on the demand. Today, exquisite designer home textiles can be found in the market or home textiles can also be custom designed. French fashion designer John Paul Gaultier recently announced his plans of designing home furnishing. He took it up owing to its demand in the market.

It creates an altogether different aura inside the room. One especially needs to be careful with the color of the textiles. Choosing the right color may not be an easy decision. But it certainly has its benefits. It affects the psychology of the resident as well as the visitor. It can change moods. For example, many people have purple home furnishing because purple stands for royalty. Some prefer green because it is soothing to the eyes. Choosing of colors also depend on the location.

There are designers who focus solely on designing home textiles. Sabin Fay Braxton, Kaffe Fassett, and many other renowned names have made their career in this field. Then, there are many fashion designers who also indulge in designing home textiles. John Paul Gaultier is one such designer. There are many companies that specialize in home textiles. MEDIATEX SRL in Italy is one such world-famous name! But the home textile industry is largely dominated by Asia.

Awareness about home textiles is increasing day by day. People who aim at a better standard of living have home textiles in their list of wants without fail. Retailers understand this demand of the market. The number of retailers supplying home textiles has increased considerably. Countries like Germany, USA, UK, France, and Netherlands import a large quantity of home textiles every year. Many retailers from developing countries involve in their exports.

Home textiles were earlier taken care of by the handloom sector in developing countries. In the countries like India, China, South Africa, and others, it still forms an integral part of the handloom industry. Textile manufacturing companies also indulge in the production of home textiles. Huja Textile Co. Ltd. In Iran, Ulysal Textile Company Ltd. In Turkey, Zhejiang Efront Digital Textile Co. Ltd. in China, and Texart Exports Inc in India are some of the big names.

Owing to the growing demand for home textiles in USA and Europe, emerging economies are witnessing an incredible growth in their export volumes. The demand for curtains, bed linens, bath towels, mats, etc. grew by 15 to 20 percent in the year 2009. India and China were major exporters. Almost 80 percent of the total production of home textiles in India was exported that year. The global home textiles industry is above $20 billion, at present. It is growing continuously.

Developed economies like USA and Europe experience huge demand in home textiles. The recent recession in these countries led to the closure of many industries for home textiles. But the demand for home textiles is still high! It mostly imports from developing economies. Other than India and China, these countries also import from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cambodia. The demand for home textiles is expected to increase further in future.

Home textiles can be called a volatile industry. It can experience a sudden rise in demand at one time. At another point of time, it may see an all-time low in demand. But this is unlikely in a few more years to come. It is because the standard of living is increasing in all parts of the world. People require good homes that are comfortable and spacious. They also require high quality home textiles to decorate their homes. Their income levels are also rising.

In fact, the concept of designer home textiles is picking up pace in this industry. People prefer to opt for this category of home textiles in order to maintain a certain standard of living. Many textile designers and fashion designers are indulging in its design and creation. Various natural and synthetic materials are also used in the creation of home textiles. Silk, cotton, rayon, nylon, polyester, and even wool and leather are used to make them.

Home textiles include many different types of home furnishing fabrics like bed spreads, blankets, pillow covers, cushion covers, carpets, rugs, wall hangings, towels, table clothes, mats, kitchen linens, etc. The fabrics used in making them can be plain, printed, embroidered, dyed, woven, or non woven. Many more categories are likely to be added to this list. As the industry flourishes further, more and more varieties in terms of fabric and patterns will be seen.

A number of trade fairs have been organized that has helped in the flourishing of this industry. Almost every country organized trade fairs for home textiles, irrespective of whether it is developed or developing! Heimtextil is a major trade fair organized every year in the month of January. It is held internationally. Many home textile retailers and manufacturers participate in this event. There are many more names to this list. Trade fairs have played an important role in popularizing home textiles.

Home textiles are enjoying a special position in the world of textiles. The immense growth in its sale stands evidence to this statement. Its sale is expected to increase further in the coming years. This area remained largely unnoticed for many decades. But now, it is making its presence felt. It is most likely to see growth, unless recession hits all the countries. May be then, the demand for home textiles will decrease. As for now, emerging countries are meeting the increasing demands of the world for home textiles!


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