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I love these different designer fabrics. Great post with info!

Originally posted on Stylish Design Services:

This article provides a brief history of several iconic fabric houses and patterns including Missoni, Marimekko, Ikat and Suzani.

Missoni: Missoni is an Italian fashion house based in Varese, Italy that was founded by Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in 1953.  They are famous for their use of a multitude of patterns such as stripes, geometrics, and abstract florals, in a rainbow of colors and the liberal use of many different fabrics such as wool, cotton, linen, rayon and silk.

Marimekko: Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Viljo and Armi Ratia.  Unikko is perhaps the most famous and recognizable pattern from Marimekko, featuring a bold, colorful poppy design.  The iconic print was designed in 1964 by pioneering Marimekko designer Maija Isola.

Marimekko was first introduced to the United States when architect Benjamin C. Thompson featured them in his Design Research stores. They were made famous when Jacqueline Kennedy wore Marimekko dresses frequently during the 1960 US Presidential campaign.

Retailer Crate and Barrel began a relationship with Marimekko…

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