Some patterns and symbols have been with us through many generations. Many of these can be found on fabrics and materials that surround us in everyday life. These long standing patterns can invoke a feeling of tradition, history, culture, and beauty.
One such pattern is damask. We find the damask design in all sorts of linens such as tablecloths, towels, and bed sheets. It is also still frequently seen in upholstery material on sofas, chairs, and loveseats, and even on wallpaper.
Depending on the type and style of the damask fabric and how it is used, it can create a chic elegance or timeless vintage flavor.
What is Damask?
Damask is a distinctive woven pattern that looks to be floral or flourishing. It is often compared to the classic fleur-de-lis shape. The same pattern is repeated in rows and columns, and it is typically visible on both sides of a fabric.
Higher end damask fabrics are reversible, with the colors opposite on each side. For example, one side might appear as a white design on a black background, but when you turn it over it reveals that same pattern but with the design in black on a white background. The background fabric is smooth, while the woven pattern is slightly raised.
Often the fabric is all one color, with the woven pattern more faintly discernable but still seen because of its glossier smooth weave. This is a more subtle way of introducing this design into a motif.
And finally, there are many materials where the pattern is not woven at all, but instead the damask pattern is stamped or dyed into the fabric as any other design would be.
The different black and white choices of the damask design include:
- White damask design on black background
- Black damask design on white background
- Black damask design on black background
- White damask design on white background
Black and White Damask Bedding Styles
The damask pattern can be found in different styles and types of materials used to make black and white bedding. In addition to the different ways the black and white damask design can appear on a fabric, it can also have several other characteristics that make it unique.
For example, the pattern itself is different with every designer. The pattern might be small and dainty or large and striking, thin and whispy or wide and bold, curly and flourishing or traditional and aligned.
Also the bedding pieces may vary in how and where the damask design appears. Take comforter sets as an example. Some sets have the design on the comforter only, with the bed skirt and pillow shams in solid black. Some tone the design down a bit by creating a quilting affect with some parts in damask and some solid white or black. And still others present a much more subtle black on black with black on white trim.
Then when you add in the bed sheets, the mixing and matching possibilities are endless. Sheets might be a different black and white pattern, or a solid black or white. It all depends on the overall look you want to achieve.
Bedding Fabric Types
As with all bedding, black and white damask designs can be found on different bedding pieces in different types of materials. Most common and easiest to take care of is 100% cotton. These are machine washable and more durable for heavier use.
Some more luxurious sets are made of silk. These can be absolutely lovely, but are often dry clean only. So this option is best for adults or beds that won’t be sat or jumped on.
Since higher end bedding features the damask pattern as an actual weave on the fabric, it can be prone to stitches being pulled or torn, and the pattern unraveling. For this reason, for many bedrooms as with teens and children, you might prefer a more practical option where the damask pattern is just dyed onto the fabric, with no raised weave to catch or tear.