I'm not one to underestimate the power of a room decorated in black and white. Rustic farmhouse style and vintage industrial style are certainly decor themes well suited to black and white textiles and furnishings. But you don't have to use pure optic white to have the look. You can use unbleached cotton textiles or unbleached wool fabrics which have a warmer ivory shade compared to cool optic whites. The textiles in the photo above are all from Africa where bleaching natural cotton fabrics is not common due to water scarcity. Instead, the African cloth is left in a natural state with cotton seeds and slubs adding to their hand crafted beauty.
The large strip cloth seen above is called an African cotton Hausa. The strips of cloth are wider than a standard mud cloth textile. This one has seven-inch-wide pieces hand-stitched together with waxed thread of pure natural linen. By joining the strips together the cloth can be made into a king-size bed cover if desired. The African Hausa above has classic black stripes combined with a simple geometric "o" pattern. This textile could be used at the foot of a bed, draped over a sofa back, or made into multiple pillows.
A simple black and natural color stripe blanket is a dramatic addition to the bohemian bedroom designed by Carlay Page. The iron bed frame mimics the black stripes and the painted side tables add to the simple yet sophisticated color story.
The all-wool textile seen above is from Peru. The wool is all natural. little to no dyes are needed for the black or the soft ivory color since that is the hue of the fiber when shirred from the animal. The decorative wool piece is intended to hang on a wall so the artisan incorporated a tunnel at the top and the bottom of the Peruvian textile so it could be easily hung on a rod if desired. A graphic wool textile such as this works well as a table runner, wall art, or could be made into purses or pillows.
The globally-sourced artisanal textiles in the photo above originate from several different countries. The common link to all of them is the natural color fiber that is used instead of bleached white yarns. The African mud cloth pillow is made from African mud cloth that is not truly white. The center of the pillow is from a Hausa textile that was also woven from unbleached cotton. The Mexican Otomi has black embroidery stitched on top of natural muslin fabric, and the wool textile from Peru has the same warm ivory shade. All these unique textiles have a beauty that comes with the natural state of the unbleached cotton or wool.
I have many artisanal textiles such as these listed in my on line store and in my Etsy shop. Please visit Morrissey Fabric on line when you are ready to purchase a hand-crafted global textile as a gift or for your own home.
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