Heimtextil Exhibitors Show Color, Diversity In Collections
Heimtextil 2003, Messe Frankfurt's annual exhibition of home textiles held in January in Frankfurt
am Main, showed a trend toward elegant, enduring looks rather than brashness, as 722 exhibitors
from 43 countries presented their latest collections of upholstery fabrics, carpet, bed and bath
textiles and wallpaper.
A full spectrum of lively colors, including Bordeaux and Chinese Red, often were shown in combination with black, chocolate brown and other dark shades. Metallic yarns added copper, silver, brass or iron accents. Taffetas, tone-on-tone relief weaves and baroque patterns were popular, as were floral, fruit, paisley and animal patterns; stained panne velvets; crushed fabrics; and embroidery and pearl embellishments.
Cover fabrics included chenille, velour and suede looks, as well as silk in fine, woven patterns or red and gold baroque looks.
Sheer fabrics shown often had two or three layers, as well as moirffects. Burn-outs and linen fabrics were more in evidence than in previous years. Some fabrics were offered in 300-centimeter (cm) widths, a plus for draperies. Some furnishing fabrics had a finish to neutralize odors such as cigarette smoke and formaldehyde.
Carpet styles included deep pile, often with mottled coloring; flat-woven styles; and hand-tufted and knotted pile with graphic patterns and contrasting areas of color. Bed and bath textiles featured ranges of shades within color groups to allow mixing and matching.
Wallpapers in nonwoven fabrics included one inlaid with low-voltage colored light strips that can twinkle or be dimmed, as well as wallpaper panels in 47-cm widths.