This Piece: A unique 1966 Scalamandré cotton chintz, this piece has the charm of being two things at once — in one vertical column the flowers are half tones of black, white, and gray, and in the other vertical column the colors are an intense riot of primaries like vivid blue, bright yellow, and intense red flanked by multi-toned green foliage and touches of light blue to add depth and background.
An easy and lightweight 100% cotton chintz perfect for cottage chic or granny chic pillow fronts, as the background for a message board, pieced into a chair back or seat, or even used for masks — how cool wold one side of the face in color and one side in black and white be?
Maker: Franco Scalamandré has a great story to tell of coming to America in the 20s from Italy and making a huge success of himself. From engineer, to historic textile researcher, to major design firm and more, Scalamandré is synonymous with quality, success, and above all, historic preservation. Do take some time to read up on the phenomenal Scalamandré history here: https://www.scalamandre.com/history and a NY Times obit on Franco: https://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/04/obituaries/franco-scalamandre-89-leader-in-making-of-decorative-textiles.html
Sample Size: 25″ wide x 54.5″ long
What Can You Make? A pillow, Roman shade for a small/med window, piecing for quilts, piecing for fashion accessories, more. Large enough to cover a small-med dining room chair seat and/or back. Or use like this designer is doing, by piecing it to one part of a piece of furniture while using other fabrics to finish it out: https://w9yards.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Birds-of-a-Feather-pg-1.png
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Why High-End Vintage Fabric Samples? Because the large over size sample and superior manufacturing quality make it possible to access a very high-end fabric for a smaller scale project without the high cost of these classic vintage fabrics, which often begin at over $150 a yard, if they can still be found at all. Other reasons are to access a small amount of discontinued fabric to match or to repair an existing piece in your home.