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Full Moon Loom | Using Bohemian Textiles for Affordable Home Decorating

Full Moon Loom | Using Bohemian Textiles for Affordable Home Decorating

Dating back some 600 years to fourteenth century Germany where they were initially developed in the court of Charles IV, Bohemian textiles have long added an inviting look and feel to living spaces. Originally, Bohemian textiles stood apart from other art forms of the day because they lacked any elongated patterns that seemed ever-present in other art forms. Artists were more apt to present the female form in the patterns of the original Bohemian textiles. The Court of Charles IV is known to have produced at least one altar piece. This piece somehow made its way from Rome to Prague where it is still on display to the general public today. 

Most initial Bohemian textile art was developed in Italy and eventually travelled north, well past the Alps where it held an influence over French artists of the day. Attached to the Papal Court of Avignon, there was an Italian artists’ village which was instrumental in the early development and production of Bohemian pieces. Many of the early works produced in the village found themselves displayed in the Papal residence throughout the 1330s and 40s. One of the early owners and supporters of these early Bohemian works was Simone Martini, who was a well-known Sienese precursor to the Bohemian style of textiles, including carpets, tapestries, and bedspreads.

The Bohemian style of textiles such as tapestries, rugs, and bedspreads gained huge popularity in 1960s America, being dubbed “the hippie style” by the younger people of that era. In our more modern culture, the Bohemian style is largely related to people who lead an unconventional, artistic lifestyle. People such as Virginia Woolf, the Bloomsbury Group, and the Stephen Sisters are largely related to the Bohemian, hippie style.

There are many uses for Bohemian textiles in creating your “relaxing space.”

You might try layering rugs by placing one directly on top of another or simply overlapping slightly. Pick a larger rug and cover part of it with a smaller, less expensive rug.

Overlapping pillows is another inexpensive but effective way to create a Bohemian style space. After all, what could be more comfortable than a huge pile of pillows to sink into with a good book.

Drape Bohemian printed fabrics over tables and chairs. Your furniture and its prints becomes less important when you drape it with tapestries or bedspreads. Simply cover anything that doesn’t quite match the way you want it to.

Vertical Displays are a great way to add color and feel to any wall. Hang a tapestry, or use a kantha quilt as draperies. Let your imagination go wild!

Bohemian Tapestries and Bedspreads, Bohemian Table Linens, Bohemian Style Bedding, Bohemian Curtains and all sorts of Bohemian Textiles are available from FullMoonLoom.COM

Contact Us Today at 603•708•1271 for all your Bohemian Textile Needs

The Art of Batik

The Art of Batik

A Centuries Old Traditional Art Form

The art of Batik, referred to by many as a craft, has been around for centuries, and has become increasingly popular in recent years. It has come to be known in the west as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of dying cloth utilizing wax and dye finds its humble beginnings centuries ago in Java, Indonesia. Batik itself is part of an ancient Indonesian tradition and some of the finest batik cloth in existence still comes from the Java region of Indonesia. The word batik is derived from the Javanese word tik which literally means to dot.

Full Moon Loom offers a wide variety of Batik cloth for you to choose from. Visit Full Moon Loom today to learn more about or to order your Batik cloths.

An Intricate Process

Dying cloth in the batik style is relatively easy, but requires a great deal of patience as it can become somewhat tedious and involved. The process begins by “blocking out” areas of the cloth by brushing or drawing hot wax over them. The cloth is then dyed a specific color. The parts covered in the wax resist the dye and remain the original color. The process is then repeated, often several times, blocking out different areas and using a different color dye each time. After the final dying, the wax is removed from the fabric, and the result is oftentimes, simply breathtaking!

An Ever-changing Process

Batik has progressed exponentially since its humble beginnings many centuries ago. Modern Batik artists are known to use different, more elaborate methods of waxing; incorporating stencils, etching, and discharge dyeing into the process. They are also utilizing more advanced tools and oftentimes finer quality materials such as:

  • Silk
  • Cotton
  • Wool
  • Leather
  • Paper
  • Even wood and ceramics

A Very Expressive Medium

Batik has become one of the textile industry’s most expressive and subtle forms of the resist methods. And Full Moon Loom has a full line of Batik printed products available. The ever-expanding variety of techniques that are currently available affords the artists opportunities to explore this unique process in new, flexible, exciting ways. Modern day Batik artists continue to expand the art form without losing its simple roots.

Visit Full Moon Loom today to learn more about, or to order your Batik Cloths. Our wide selection of styles, patterns and colors is sure to offer something that will fit your individual needs and style.

Textiles from India

Textiles from India

A Huge Employer in an Impoverished Nation

Next to agriculture, the textile industry is the largest employment sector in all of India. The textile industry directly employs over 35 million of India’s populace. With some 2500 textile weaving factories nationwide, textile is without question one of India’s largest exports. And Full Moon Loom imports a great deal of Indian textiles for use in their varied products. Plus, right now, for a limited time only, Full Moon Loom is offering free shipping an all Internet purchases.

Varied Production Ensures Complete Coverage

India is the second largest producer of fiber on the planet! Approximately 60% of the Indian textile industry is based in cotton. A huge amount of recent growth in India’s textile industry can be attributed to a newfound, very strong, domestic demand that has been occurring in India since 2009. In December of 2010, domestic cotton prices were up some 50% compared to December of 2009, just one year earlier. One notable cause for this dramatic increase was the flooding in Pakistan and China. India produces textiles in several distinctly different forms. Some forms of production include:

  • Man-made fibers. These include the manufacturing of clothes and filament synthetic yarns. This sector alone employs approximately 4.8 Million people.
  • The cotton sector. Cotton represents the second most developed sector in the Indian textile industry but the number of people employed is somewhat erratic due to cotton being a seasonal fabric.
  • The handloom sector. This sector is well developed with a market share of about 13%.
  • The woolen sector. India is the seventh largest producer of wool on the planet, producing about 1.8% of the world’s total wool.
  • The jute sector. India is the world’s largest producer of jute, or golden fabric as it is endeared to the Indian populace. Most of India’s jute is produced in the eastern portion of the country, in places like Assam and West Bengal.
  • The sericulture and silk sector. Producing 18% of the world’s total silk makes India the largest producer of silk in the world. This is also the most labor intensive sector of India’s textile industry.

Visit Full Moon Loom today to learn more about, or to order your Indian cloth, fabric, and textiles in general. Our wide selection of styles, patterns and colors is sure to offer something that will fit your individual needs and style.

Wall Hangings Decoration Ideas

Wall Hangings Decoration Ideas

Indian textiles offer a rich and colorful array of decorating options to elevate the mood and appeal of any room.  Among their many other uses, these fabrics make for exceptional wall hangings, whether as a mere accent piece or as the central motif.

Here are a few ideas for using these amazing fabrics as an inspiring and transformative wall decoration.

Headboard / Bed Canopy

Choose a colorful Batik, Rajasthan, or Bagru to attach to the ceiling and wall over and behind your bed to make a striking headboard and or bed canopy.  Installation can be accomplished easily with a few ceiling hooks and dowel rods.  Here is another example, courtesy of Pinterest.

Starched fabric wall treatment

Choose a rich Paisley or Jaipur as a complete wall covering.  The experts at HGTV have a handy tutorial for this installation.  This is an old “Army wife trick”, useful because it is a great decorating option for those who are renting and/or do not expect to stay in the home for long.  It is also a great trick for decorating your walls seasonally!  Using fabric as opposed to wallpaper offers ease of installation and can be peeled off with no mess on your hands when you’re ready to leave or simply to change up your motif.

Art on canvas

Following in the spirit of starched fabric wall treatments, a favorite fabric or assortment of fabrics can be stretched over blank canvases and arranged on the wall as art pieces.  Creation of these pieces can be accomplished in a variety of ways.  One way is to adapt the process from the wall covering idea presented above.  Once again, with thanks to Pinterest, we can see some amazing examples of this idea here and here.

Tapestries

Probably the most obvious decorating idea is to use a fabric piece as a simple wall hanging, as with a tapestry.  Traditionally, a tapestry is a thicker woven piece intended to be displayed in this way.  However, just about any ornamental fabric can be adapted to this use, whether it’s a lightweight rug, a blanket, throw, or spread, or just a piece of un-purposed fabric that is fabulously colorful and or ornamental.  Some examples can be seen here, here, and here.

Full Moon Loom offers hundreds of beautiful fabrics and textiles that can be used to decorate the walls of your home.  Browse our menu to the left to shop the largest selection of Indian decorating textiles in the U.S!  For more information about Full Moon Loom, visit our “About Us” page or call (603) 708-1271 to speak to one of our knowledgeable sales and support staff.

Indian Interior Decorator Fabrics

Indian Interior Decorator Fabrics

A rich history of craftsmanship and culture

Few textiles are more visually stunning and stir the imagination more than those from India.  From the bold use of color to their complex, alluring patterns, these fabrics speak to the rich culture and history of the subcontinent, lending an almost ethereal sense of comfort and beauty to any space.

Indian decorator fabrics are infinitely versatile, easily as able to grace the décor of any room as an accent piece or as the central motif.  Styles and art forms popular in contemporary Indian fabrics include the brilliantly colorful Batik, as well as Jaipur, Dabu, Bagru, Kalamkari, and Rajasthan, to name a few.

Fabrics as rich as their history

Why are Indian textiles so captivating and inspired?  Evidence suggests the industry is (almost) as old as the culture itself, for the two are richly entwined.

“There is archaeological evidence of a cotton textile industry at Mohenjo-Daro in the Indus Valley around 3000 B.C.,” writes Kax Wilson in History of Textiles (Westview Press, 1979).  Remarks on these intricately-woven and embroidered fabrics survive in the accounts of various historical figures from Alexander the Great to Marco Polo, to the descendants of Genghis Khan.

“Some of the best accounts of Indian textiles were written by European ambassadors to the Mogul courts. Fabulous horse and elephant trappings, as well as the apparel, pillows, and wall hangings, were remarked upon,” writes Wilson.  “Writers proclaimed on the sheerness of Dacca muslins, called evening dew, running water, or sweet-like-sherbert. Seventy-three yards, a yard wide, weighed only one pound. By comparison, the finest Swiss cottons ever made were at best sixteen or seventeen yards to the pound.”                                                                                      

Harmony through color

The power and appeal of these intricate fabrics, apart from their craftsmanship, is in their rich and vibrant colors.  Color is powerful.  The spirituality pervasive to the Indian culture has at its core the belief that different colors represent the flow of energy through the body.  Properly understood, this flow of energy, envisions through the right balance of color, can bring harmony to the body, mind, and soul.

Using these beautiful fabrics in your decorating is one way to engender that harmony into your home and surroundings.

Practical uses of Indian decorator fabrics in home décor include using them as table dressing, wall hangings, or to accent furniture as throws, duvets, shams, and cushion covers.  Bring the room together with matching (or coordinated) curtains and door panels.

Based in the foothills of the White Mountains in NH and founded in 1998, Full Moon Loom has the largest retail selection of Indian textiles in the United States, bringing hundreds of styles and colors to customers looking to add drama, intrigue, and beauty to their home décor.  We offer everything from tapestries and spreads to table linens, curtains and door panels, duvets, wall hangings, tote bags, sarongs, scarves and a wide assortment of other unique items.

Browse our menu to the left to shop our extensive line of Indian decorating textiles.  For more information about Full Moon Loom, visit our “About Us” page or call (603) 708-1271 to speak to one of our knowledgeable sales and support staff.

Table Linens

Table Linens

Not so Old as You May Believe

The modern day tablecloth is loosely defined as a cloth to cover the table. Oftentimes for aesthetic purposes, a tablecloth also performs as a protective barrier to save the table top from stains and scratches. Tablecloths are usually laid out prior to other table linens, tableware, and foods.

Tablecloths are currently made from many different materials including cotton, poly-blends, and even a PVC material that can easily be wiped clean. At Full Moon Loom, all our table linens are made from the finest cotton loomed and printed in our own facility. Each of our table linens including tablecloths, table runners, napkins, and placemats are design coordinated to lend your table setting to an elegant, pleasurable dining experience.

Simple table cloths of all white or mostly white were the first table linens. And they date back only to around the seventeenth century. During the medieval period the spreading of a high quality linen cloth was an imperative aspect of meal preparation in wealthy households. As time went on the table set up evolved to begin including the arrangement of tableware on cloths for most social classes excepting the extremely poor. As conventional eating habits began to change in the twentieth century, a much wider variety of table settings began to develop. Today, many formal dinners still utilize the plain white tablecloth, oftentimes made in the fashion of a damask weave, even though other colors and patterns are now quite normal.

Full Moon Loom Offers the Best Table Linens Available Today

You will find that a Full Moon Loom table linen set is ideal for every occasion, from casual to fine dining, our table linen settings add an elegant look and feel to any meal. Full Moon Loom’s  table linens can help you set the appropriate mood for your next dinner party, and our wide selection of colors, patterns and styles are sure to please even the most discerning of tastes. Add matching window treatments, and coordinate a tapestry wall hanging to create a truly elegant dining room decorum.

Full Moon Loom offers a unexpected collection of fine tablecloths, placemats, napkins, and table runners available in variety of colors, textures, patterns, and styles. All are comprised of 100% cotton, are machine washable and tumble dried.

In years past, you could hardly find a home that did not feature a large table covered in gorgeous linens. Today, the dining room table remains as the center piece to virtually every home. It is the place where friends and family gather to discuss the many aspects of their individual lives or enjoy a fine meal together. A Full Moon Loom table linens setting will help you create a warm, inviting gathering place certain to wow your friend and family alike.

Visit Full Moon Loom today to learn more about, or to order your table linen ensemble. Our wide selection of styles, patterns and colors is sure to offer something that will fit your individual needs and style.

Indian Bedspreads and Tapestries

Indian Bedspreads and Tapestries

Authentic Indian Tapestries and Spreads by Full Moon Loom

Tapestry is a form of textile art. All the spreads and tapestries produced by Full Moon Loom are made from 100% light to mid weight cotton. We make our tapestries slightly thicker than a normal bed sheet and offer two distinctive styles of weave.

  • Power Loom – Power Loom tapestries and bedspreads are produced from a machine loomed cotton. This process produces a tight, smooth weave. This type of weave is highly recommended as we feel it offers a far more durable fabric.
  • Hand Loom – This process uses cotton material produced on a hand loom. This process dates back to a time before the introduction of machine looms. It provides the texture of a light summer tweed. This method is very popular which is the reason it is still in use today.

All Full Moon Loom tapestries and spreads are produced from one piece of fabric, that means no seams. Two of the edges are salvage which is the finished edge of fabric and two edges have tiny hems.

Designs for the Ages

Our designs are created using one or a combination of several distinctly different techniques:

  • Screen print
  • Tie dye
  • Batik
  • Block printing

You may notice slight irregularities in the prints. These are associated with hand made products and should not be considered as defects in the product. You must try to remember, each tapestry and bedspread is produced by hand, making each unique unto itself. It is important to remember your own appreciation for art when selecting and purchasing a tapestry or bedspread from Full Moon Loom.

A Versatile Home Décor Product

All our tapestries and bedspreads are unique works of art and can be utilized and displayed in a variety of ways; as a wall hanging, bedspread, beach blanket, furniture throw, tablecloth, or canopy. The possibilities are virtually endless. We also offer window treatments to accent some of our designs to create a complete ensemble. Many people purchase two, using one to create their own window treatment or furniture throw to accent the bedspread or tapestry.

Below is a list of various specialized styles we carry. Each comes from a distinct area of India and expresses that area’s culture and heritage. Many of these patterns have been passed down from one generation to the next spanning several centuries. For a complete description of each, please click here.

  • Bagru
  • Kalamkari
  • Rajasthan
  • Block Print
  • Paisley
  • Dabu
  • Jaipur
  • Celtic
  • Tie-dye
  • Batik

Visit Full Moon Loom today to learn more or to order your own one of a kind, handmade tapestry or bedspread.

The Art of Batik

The Art of Batik

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What is Batik?

Batik is the art of wax-resistant dye on fabrics to create beautiful and colourful designs. This traditional method of dyeing is followed in countries like Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Indonesian batik, practised in the island of Java, is the best known in the world and boasts of supreme workmanship, quality, techniques, and patterns. The word batik is derived from the Javanese word 'amba' which means write and 'tik' which means a dot.

How is it done?

Batik art can be done with various kinds of dyes and different fabrics like cotton, silk, wool and other natural fabrics.

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The process of producing batik is as follows-

  • The cloth is washed to remove starch and beaten with a wooden hammer
  • Some areas of the cloth are marked with pencils in different designs
  • Those areas are covered with hot wax which is made of paraffin or bee wax, using various tools
  • A canting is a pen-like tool used to pour the wax, for larger areas to be filled with wax, a stiff brush or a tool called cap is used
  • The cloth is dyed thereafter
  • The parts on which the wax is poured, retains the original colour while the other parts are dyed
  • The process of tube dyeing and waxing are repeated to create more intricate and interesting designs
  • Various techniques like etching, stencils, discharge dyeing, can be used to create vivid designs in many colours
  • After the final dyeing, the wax is removed. The process at times takes almost a year for the cloth to be ready for use.

Batik Art’s Journey Around The World

Indonesian batik had become a dying art but has again revived in the 21st century. From being a traditional piece of adornment to a fashion statement, it is not only popular in Indonesia but is gaining acceptance worldwide. Batik was introduced to the USA, Europe, and other countries in the west by the Dutch, as Indonesia was a Dutch colony.

The United States of America is the most important client of Indonesian Batik. About 37% of traditional batik textiles are exported to the U.S. Batik exports to the U.S have grown from USD $ 22million in 2010 to a figure of USD $340 million in 2014. South Korea, Japan, Germany, Britain, and Netherlands are also good consumers of batik textiles. Countries like India, Malaysia, Singapore, China, and Sri Lanka are also producers and exporters of batik fabrics throughout the world.

From being an attire to be worn as traditional ceremonies like birth, wedding and death, Batik prints have come a long way and become icons of chic clothing and fashion statements around the world. Due to its simplistic designs and delicate art forms, batik is loved by all. It can be placed over a piece of canvas to create a masterpiece painting or stitched as curtains, sofa covers or quilts to lighten up the offices or homes.

In October 2009, the UNESCO has acknowledged batik art as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The versatility of an Indian tapestry in affordable home decorating.

The versatility of an Indian tapestry in affordable home decorating.
Full Moon Loom has the largest selection of Indian tapestries and spreads in the USA. Indian tapestries have been around for hundreds of years. They are made in India and their styles, colors and patterns are usually representative to the region from which they came. They are made of 100% cotton and they are a tad heavier than a bed sheet making for very easy wash and wear care. The designs are either block printed, screen printed, batik or tie dye and sometimes a combination. Given the name "tapestry" because they are a form of textile art.

An Indian tapestry can be used as a:


     •  Bedspread
     •  Couch, chair or bed furniture covers (great for pet lovers)
     •  Tablecloths for large tables
     •  Creating fancy window treatments
     •  Beach or picnic blanket
     •  Room divider
     •  Cool dust cover for your Harley
     •  Vehicle seat cover (also great for pet lovers)
     •  Wall hangings
     •  Making clothing with cultural expression
     •  Sewing and quilting projects
     •  Unique and affordable gifts

The possibilities are as endless as the imagination.

At Full Moon Loom you will find the largest selection of Indian tapestries and spreads in the USA. Visit us today to read About our Indian Tapestries and Spreads to learn more about the various methods used to create these lovely affordable works of art.

Full Moon Loom can help pet lovers!

Do your pets take over the furniture when your not looking? For most of us our pets are part of the family. We cannot bring ourselves to deny them their creature comforts, especially when it comes to lounging on the sofa all day waiting impatiently for you to get home from work. They always seem to time it just right so you never catch them snoozing on your favorite lounge chair, sofa or bed. However, the tell tale signs cannot be missed when the dog or cat hair cover your clothes and tickle your nose as soon as you kick back to relax after a long hard day. Well we have an answer for you that can solve your problem and it does not involve flipping your furniture upside down before you leave in the morning. Nope! All you need do is purchase a nice Indian tapestry or spread to throw over Fido's favorite lounge spot before heading off to work. Not only will an Indian tapestry or spread look great but it is also easy wash and wear care and will keep your furniture fuzz free for you when it's your turn to lounge.