Special Report: Power of Upholstery January 13, 2014
  • Finland’s Vallila Interior attracted attention at Showtime with bright, large-scale designs.
    Finland’s Vallila Interior attracted attention at Showtime with bright, large-scale designs.
  • Strie velvets were huge for Valdese, underscoring consumer demand for updated traditional fabrics.
    Strie velvets were huge for Valdese, underscoring consumer demand for updated traditional fabrics.
  • Textile Fabric Associates, a unit of Swavelle/Mill Creek Fabrics Group, introduced Springhouse.
    Textile Fabric Associates, a unit of Swavelle/Mill Creek Fabrics Group, introduced Springhouse.
  • New introductions for the Nate Berkus collection at Swavelle included Gabrielle, shown in Seaside.
    New introductions for the Nate Berkus collection at Swavelle included Gabrielle, shown in Seaside.
  • The Exotic collection by Joe Ruggiero for Sunbrella showcases hand-crafted styles.
    The Exotic collection by Joe Ruggiero for Sunbrella showcases hand-crafted styles.
  • Sunbrella’s Ivy League collection features bright solids and patterns.
    Sunbrella’s Ivy League collection features bright solids and patterns.
  • Morgan Fabrics’ Showtime introductions were shown as accent pillows.
    Morgan Fabrics’ Showtime introductions were shown as accent pillows.
  • The Lennon-McCartney pairing was a strong December placement for De Leo Textiles.
    The Lennon-McCartney pairing was a strong December placement for De Leo Textiles.
  • Covington Fabric & Design adds new color options to the popular Piazza collection.
    Covington Fabric & Design adds new color options to the popular Piazza collection.
  • Peacock hues were strong for Brooks Fabrics at Showtime, along with the company’s extensive line of solids.
    Peacock hues were strong for Brooks Fabrics at Showtime, along with the company’s extensive line of solids.
  • Digital print fabrics were important introductions at Blue Moon Print Works.
    Digital print fabrics were important introductions at Blue Moon Print Works.
  • Bella-Dura showed vibrant warm hues with (from left) Dexter, Grasscloth, St. Tropez, Lewitt and Shelby.
    Bella-Dura showed vibrant warm hues with (from left) Dexter, Grasscloth, St. Tropez, Lewitt and Shelby.
 
Fabric suppliers look for opportunity this year

Fabric suppliers see plenty of growth opportunity ahead in 2014, and the pathways to increased sales are as varied as the rainbow of colorways presented at the International Textile Market Assn.'s Showtime event in December. Many textile companies are reporting significant increases for 2013 over 2012, and strong interest in domestic fabrics is expected to continue to influence the market in 2014.
 
Posted: January 20, 2014