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Couturier Fabrics for the Home

Jorge Arango

Since 1904, when fashion fabric house Jakob Schlaepfer was established in St. Gallen, Switzerland, its sumptuous textiles have paraded down every catwalk, from Paris and Milan to New York and London, in the collections of Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Jil Sander, Prada and many others. Now its “hand-crafted industrial” decor collection, introduced in 2008 and newly available in the U.S., is showing up in residences in Dubai, a hotel-casino in Macau, and government offices in Switzerland. The 2009 range is just hitting showrooms nationwide for fall. These fabrics spare no expense or luxury. Igor (shown on left; $410 per yard), is woven with iridescent Lurex yarns and overprinted with a floral pattern. Amurpaille (shown on right; $475 per yard), a metallic-yarn brocade inspired by Turkish design, is overprinted with a pattern and then covered in hand-embossed clear sequins. Fabrics run up to $735 per yard. (Available through Savel, Inc., 212.473.2669, www.jakobschlaepfer.com)

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