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Floral patterns have been used throughout history in different cultures around the world. They can be traced back to ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Persians, who incorporated floral motifs into their artwork, architecture, and textiles. They have remained popular and enduring in various forms of design due to their versatility and timeless appeal.

Floral vocabulary in fabrics refers to specific terms and words used to describe the various aspects of patterns, designs, and motifs that feature flowers or floral elements. These terms help identify and convey the style and aesthetic of the fabric, allowing designers, decorators, and consumers to communicate their preferences more effectively and make informed choices when selecting floral fabrics for various applications like upholstery and drapery.

Here are some common floral terms used in fabrics:

  1. Floral Print: Refers to a fabric that has a pattern printed with various types of flowers. The design can range from small, delicate blossoms to large, bold blooms. Example: S5846 Sunshine
  2. Botanical Print: Similar to a floral print, but with a focus on depicting realistic or scientifically accurate renderings of plants, flowers, leaves, and other botanical elements. Example: S5761 Multi
  3. Arabesque: Characterized by intricate, ornamental patterns inspired by traditional Arab and Islamic art, often featuring elaborate, interwoven floral motifs, geometric shapes, and curvilinear patterns. Example: S3205 Sunset
  4. Damask: Represents an ornamental, often repetitive and symmetrical pattern featuring shrubs and flowers abstractly. Example: S6174 Verdura
  5. Paisley: Describes a fabric design that showcases a teardrop or droplet shape with a curved upper end and a tapering, elongated tail, including small dots, swirls and flowers. Example: F6262 Ink
  1. Ditsy: Refers to a floral pattern where the individual flowers are typically small and closely spaced, creating a dense and intricate overall design. Example: S4000 Blue
  2. Vintage: A fabric pattern that evokes a sense of nostalgia and is reminiscent of past eras. Drawing inspiration from bygone decades, this design showcases a romantic femininity and elegance with soft and muted pastels or earthy tones. Example: F4418 Coral
  3. Quatrefoil: The term translates to "four leaves" in French, referring to the ornamental and symmetrical leaf-like shapes created by overlapping circles. Example: S1758 Blue
  4. Retro: Showcasing an abstract or pop art aesthetic, this term is used to describe fabric patterns that feature bold, vibrant colors, and graphic stylized representations of floral elements like daisies, sunflowers and roses, popularized during the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.  Example: S2820 Melon
  5. Toile: While not exclusively floral, toile fabrics often depict pastoral scenes, landscapes, or floral motifs in a single color or limited color palette, typically on a light background. Example: S5788 English Green