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Q & A: What's a Jacquard?

 Au Lit Q&A

Q: What's a Jacquard?

A: Rather than a printed pattern, Jacquard fabrics have complex designs which are woven within the threads of the fabric using a Jacquard loom. The Jacquard loom is a mechanical loom that simplifies the process of manufacturing textiles with intricate patterns such as brocade, damask and matelasse(Interesting fact: The first Jacquard loom operated using a punch-card system, which was later adapted by Charles Babbage to create the first computer!)

You can usually distinguish a Jacquard from a print by the subtle relief on the fabric. Some Jacquards are also created using pre-dyed threads to create a multi coloured pattern. Because of the intricacy of this process, you'll find that Jacquard woven linens will be at a higher price point than printed linens. 

We usually recommend Jacquards for top of bed items such as duvet covers, shams and cushions covers. Our collection of Jacquards are beautifully paired with our Cotton Satins. Some examples of our Jacquards below:

Nicola Mist

Edgar Grey