It’s been a while since I featured a textile, so it’s time for a spotlight, especially since there is one textile that is everywhere in home design: bouclé.
From the French word boucler which meands “to curl”, bouclé (or boucle) is a dimensional yarn fabric with small puffs or tufts that give it a soft and bumpy textured surface.
Its texture is unique and created with a specific weaving process. Two strands are combined, one is kept tense while the other is loose and when pulled, forms loops. It can be created with wool, cotton, silk, or linen threads.
Boucle has been trending all year, but it’s especially hot right now, and it’s popping up everywhere in fall collections.
Truth be told, it’s not a textile I would personally choose for furniture in a light color because it is a higher maintenance fabric. I question its practicality on large pieces of furniture, especially in white.
For me, boucle is yummy in darker hues.
The fabric was popular in fashion in the 1950s, Coco Chanel used it often to construct her famous posh suits and structured soft jackets inspired by menswear. We all remember the pink boucle jacket Jackie wore the day JFK was killed.
I do love boucle fabrics for accessories like pillows and blankets and it’s a perfect texture for warming up beds and sofas in cold weather seasons.
Your thoughts on boucle? Would you choose it for furniture, accessories, or nah?