The Block Print Decor Story
treniqblog | January 25, 2019

Block printing is a 2,000-year-old technique that originated in China. The art of imprinting pictures and text on cloth or other surfaces was a way of passing messages and documenting everything back in the day. In the 12th century, various coasts of India became popular for organically block printed cotton fabrics. The designs were so unique to Indian architecture, natural vegetation and symbology that it became a sign of the royalty. Even today the paisley designs and the blooming Mughal floral designs are indications of this art form’s existence through generations. 
Today block print is a refreshing design found on clothing and decor alike. The pattern is usually resonant with fragrant yet sultry summers of India where fresh white muslins or pastel cotton are printed in this fashion to create Summer attires and decors. The block print decor story is a rustic tale of comfort and luxury. These fabrics are synonymous with an airy, refreshing feeling and thus absolutely apt for tropicals terrains.
The block print decor saga - printed cushions, armchairs, linen and sofa fabrics
The block print decor saga - printed cushions, armchairs, linen and sofa fabrics
The block print decor saga - printed cushions, armchairs, linen and sofa fabrics
The block print decor saga - printed cushions, armchairs, linen and sofa fabrics
The block print decor saga - printed cushions, armchairs, linen and sofa fabrics

When block print was finding its way into the decor world, it was a slow and gradual process. It began with bed linens and cushion covers. Lovely organic colours of indigo, mustard yellow, emerald greens and rust browns were used in abundance to imprint with intricate layers of floral designs. These elaborate designs were a common sight in the bedrooms of tropical countries and were widely used to keep the environ cool, refreshing and soothing to the eye.

The block print decor saga - printed cushions, armchairs, linen and sofa fabrics
The block print decor saga - printed cushions, armchairs, linen and sofa fabrics

It took a long time to allow block print to coat our walls and yet it was the most sensible next step. When the West made wallpapers a trend, Asian countries were already adorning their walls with these intricate murals and block prints to add aesthetic value to their otherwise regular homes. The Mughals added elaborate murals to their walls and ceilings while the Rajasthani folk painted walls with natural dye prints and adorned them with mirrors and beads.

These kind of walls were a quintessential royal requirement and more elaborate the design, more wealthy the kings.

Today, block print tableware is a common sight. In the form of napkins, tablecloth or simply table runners and placemats these designs are in vogue. Some designers even incorporate the print in decor pieces such as vases, serve ware, storage boxes and much more!

Armchairs and Sofas

The block print decor saga - printed cushions, armchairs, linen and sofa fabrics
The block print decor saga - printed cushions, armchairs, linen and sofa fabrics

The inclusion of block print in seating upholstery design is a rather latest trend and we have to admit, we simply love it! The depth of elegance added by these prints to armchairs and sofas is in sync with the maximalism that 2019 is all about.


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