What Is Damask Fabric?


Damask fabric refers to a type of weaving where a pattern or design is set against a background of fabric such as silk, cotton or wool.


  • Damask fabric is often seen on antique furniture and household items such as drapes, wallpaper and tablecloths.


  • Damask can commonly be found in fabric stores and is usually quite expensive. Price depends on the fabric used with silk being the most expensive.


  • Damask is named for the city of Damascus, a major textile center during the 12th century. Though damask originated in the Asia, traders took to Europe where it became very popular.


  • Damask is a very thick fabric that is often many colored and dramatic. Though once only made from silk, cheaper damask is made from linen, cotton, wool and synthetic textiles.

Fun Fact

  • In the 20th century, the invention of the Jacquard loom, which is today controlled by a computer, made weaving damask easier.

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