One of the greatest parts of my job is meeting fellow textile workers, particularly those who work with vintage textiles like myself. It always sparks my imagination and inspires me in my own work. This time, I have compiled my own thoughts and points of interest, hints and tips for using vintage textiles in your homes to add something special to you and your home. 


Chloe Jonason, vintage textile worker sat on her sofa surrounded by brightly coloured fabrics.

How do you go about incorporating them into your work?

I love to use their beautiful colour palettes to inspire a whole room. Using a vintage textile such as a suzani to cover a footstool or headboard as the wow piece in a room. Using them as wall hangings can really add texture to a room. 

How best to display them?

The options are endless, but my current fave is to display them as wall art, hang them from a pole or stretch them onto a canvas. I also like to use them as room dividers and curtains. Hanging vintage textiles really elevates them and you get to see the full effect of them. The sari fabric as well as a wall hanging also makes excellent lampshades. The silk is so fine it gives off a beautiful soft light.

Where to start when using vintage textiles?

Start small by adding a cushion or lampshade made from vintage textiles. Or if you are feeling bold let it inspire the whole colour scheme.

Can they inspire a whole scheme?

100% yes! I love the colour palette of vintage textiles and it can inspire the whole scheme of a room. For example in our drawing room, the colour palette of the Suzani throw draped on the sofas inspired the whole room. 

Unique creative ways of working with vintage textiles?

Using vintage textiles for curtains and upholstery really creates unique one of a kind pieces. Using Suzani fabric as a detail down a curtain or making them into cushions. Creates one of a kind pieces for your home like no other. 

Why do you love working with vintage textiles?

I love their muted elegance. And the varied colours and patterns are so inspiring. They give me confidence to try new colour combos when I see them used in this way. I love that no one is the same. They are removed from trends and will be passed down through the generations. They are one of a kind items that tell the tales of time. From a lovely patch detail to an embroidered initial each is made with love and care and has it's own story.

Why would you recommend others to try vintage textiles?

As well as being kind on the planet these slow textiles are one of a kind. Helping you create a truly unique home. They will add layers of colour and pattern.

What would your top 3 tips be for anyone looking to start with vintage textiles?

Start small with adding a cushion or lampshade. They are such a simple update that can be moved from room to room. Go for what you love and your eye is drawn to. Add a throw over the back of a sofa. Kanthas are especially good as they can be popped in the wash and have so many uses that if it's not quite right in your room you can use it as a picnic blanket or tablecloth. There aren't any rules so go for it, create happy interiors that make you smile and fill you with joy!

How has the fabric and textile industry evolved since you became a part of it and what do you see and hope for the future of it?  

There are definitely a lot more fabric designers emerging; with an increased awareness of environmental issues within the industry and the responsibility to create sustainable textiles. The industry is moving away from mass production with customers choosing fewer more considered purchases that will last generations, rather than following seasonal trends. I really hope this increased awareness of sustainability continues, focusing on slow textiles that reduce waste and are kind to the planet resulting in timeless interiors.