A lot of us remember Bouclé was a very popular fabric from the 1970s. Bouclé however was invented in the late 1940s by Eero Saarinen on the request of American Architect Florence Knoll. It’s first incarnation was in the ‘Womb chair” designed by Saarinen.
Bouclé, derived from a French word is yarn with a looped or curled ply, or fabric woven from this yarn. The fabric is very durable and is often seen in whites and creams reminding you of fleece with a nubby, fuzzy appearance. It’s now available in a myriad of colours suitable for many different applications.
As an upholstery fabric it looks particularly good on curved furniture for instance rounded sofas, ottomans or occasional chairs.
Used in accessories such as cushions and throws it has a lovely softness and adds a textural element to a space. In bed heads or bed spreads it is perfect as it is such a cosy textile that one just wants to curl up with a good book.
In curtains it has the benefit of adding acoustic absorption as well as texture to lift a room. Seen as a new trend since last year Bouclé is here to stay and will stand the test of time in any home.