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Everything you always wanted to know about jacquard fabric

Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur le tissu jacquard

In the world of textiles, the term "j acquard " resonates as a mark of elegance and sophistication. But what exactly is jacquard , and what are its origins? How has this weaving technique evolved over time to become synonymous with quality and refinement? Let's delve into the fascinating history of jacquard , from its roots to its exceptional qualities.

Then discover our checked jacquard pieces in slub cotton in country colors: tablecloths, placemats, napkins, shopping bags, tea towels... made especially for us in the north of Portugal.

J acquard , a complex weaving technique

Jacquard is above all a complex weaving method which has the particularity of creating sophisticated and varied patterns on fabrics. Invented at the beginning of the 19th century by Joseph Marie Jacquard, originally from Lyon (like Les pensionnaires!), this revolutionary technique marked a major turning point in the history of textile manufacturing. The fundamental principle of jacquard weaving lies in the use of a punched card mechanism, which individually controls each weft thread, allowing the creation of complex and detailed patterns.

Jacquard fabric is completely different from printed fabric. While a printed textile requires the fabric to be dyed directly, each thread of a jacquard fabric is dyed beforehand. The patterns therefore appear gradually thanks to the use of these colored threads, giving durability and refinement to the fabrics.

The history of jacquard weaving and its origins

The roots of jacquard go back centuries before its official invention by Joseph Marie Jacquard. The first forms of weaving complex patterns date back to ancient times. It was only in the Middle Ages that weaving techniques were truly perfected in Europe, notably thanks to the invention of the horizontal loom. However, these looms were limited in the complexity of patterns they could produce, requiring tedious manual control of the weft threads.

The major innovation therefore occurred at the beginning of the 19th century when Joseph Marie Jacquard perfected and automated the weaving process by inventing the loom that bears his name. It was in 1804 that he filed the patent for this invention which opened the way to a new era in the textile industry, allowing the large-scale production of fabrics decorated with sumptuous patterns and infinite combinations.

The l yonnais jacquard

Lyon, the hometown of Joseph Marie Jacquard, has long been associated with the production of high-quality fabrics, and jacquard is no exception. During the 19th century, Lyon became a major center for the production of jacquard fabrics , attracting talented and renowned artisans. Even today, the tradition of jacquard weaving continues in Lyon, perpetuating the heritage of quality and craftsmanship that characterizes this technique.

The qualities of ts from j acquard

Jacquard fabrics are distinguished by their exceptional quality and refined aesthetic. Thanks to the precision and flexibility offered by the jacquard weaving technique , these fabrics can feature a wide variety of patterns, from simple geometric patterns to elaborate floral designs to detailed figurative representations.

In addition to their visual beauty, jacquard fabrics are characterized by their luxurious texture and durability. Made from high-quality fibers, such as silk and linen, jacquard fabrics offer a soft and pleasant feel.

In summary, jacquard is much more than just a weaving technique; it is a symbol of innovation, quality and sophistication in the world of textiles. Jacquard fabrics , with their elaborate patterns and exceptional quality, continue to captivate and inspire designers and consumers around the world. The residents are delighted to perpetuate this tradition of excellence by offering accessories and household linen with jacquard patterns combining tradition and modernity.

Our jacquard pieces in slub cotton

The Les pensionnaires jacquard fabric is made with a slub yarn, which gives it subtle irregularities and a captivating relief. Sometimes referred to as slub cotton, slub cotton has a distinctive texture due to being weaved in fine lines with cotton threads of varying thicknesses.

This manufacturing process, characterized by irregular weaving of the threads, makes it possible to obtain this originality. The term "slub" refers to the slightly slub or mottled appearance of this type of fabric, which is the result of variations in the thickness of the yarns. Les pensionnaires jacquard kitchen linen will add a raw, chic and natural touch to your reception tables.

How to maintain jacquard?

Jacquard fabrics , while dense and strong, are typically made from natural fibers like silk or linen, which are susceptible to shrinking and fading. Therefore, it is essential to adopt gentle washing methods in order to preserve the quality of the fabric. For machine washing, it is preferable to use a specific program for delicate laundry and to choose a gentle spin. Dry cleaning is also a possible option, taking care to minimize excessive friction which could damage the fabric.

You are now an expert in Jacquard weaving! Come and discover the Les pensionnaires collection in this beautiful fabric: Green checked jacquard tablecloth, jacquard cushions, jacquard bag….

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