"Damask, once restricted to formal rooms, has today come into much more
general use than ever before in its long history. In this adaptation to our 20th
century life, two extremes of patterns have evolved. One is characterized by new
colour effects, the other simulates a fabric dulled and worn by age. And under
good decorators or discriminating householders, damask-covered furni- ture and
window and other draperies are successfully associated with fine furnishings of
many periods, including our own.

The damask weave is a fabric on which the pattern is brought out by the
lines of its weave running in a different direction from that of the ground.
Damask linen tablecloths illustrate this beautifully. In modern damask, there
are incor- porated with the traditional silk other materials, such as cotton,
linen, wool and artificial silk, in order to produce new effects. The fabric is,
however, made in essentially the same manner as in the 12th century, when it got
its present name from the city of Damascus, then famous for the beauty of its
silks of this character."

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