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Midcentury textiles

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Bauhaus/Vasarely-style vintage op art table runner

This Bauhaus-like Vasarely-style textile is in mint unused condition, and its woven op-art design is..


Brand new vintage linen Bowa artwork tea towel

In crisp new condition, this brightly coloured linen tea towel or table cover would make a wonderful..


Classic 1950s midcentury modern Swedish fabric with leaves design

A length of strong, high-quality vintage cotton fabric screenprinted in a classic 1950s midcentury m..


Danish midcentury modern art print silkscreen tablemats

Offered for sale as a pair, these exceptional Danish midcentury modern tablemats were produced in De..


Finlayson of Finland vintage 1970s geometric Aalto curtain

This vintage single curtain measures 140 cm wide and has a drop of 123 cm. It is in excellent con..


Four tablemats designed by Dorthe Bruun Rasmussen for Laurids Lønborg

A set of four circular table placemats produced in Denmark in the 1960s/70s by Laurds Lønborg wit..


Four tablemats with print design by Bjørn Wiinblad, Denmark 1960s

Four Bjørn Wiinblad print placemats, signed by Wiinblad within the claret and pink print. Measure..


Geometric abstract pop-art peacock curtain 1970s

In great condition with very slight (almost imperceptible) fading down one side, this single curt..


Georg Jensen Damask 1970s op art table place mats orange

These three tablemats were made in the 1970s and measure approximately 31 x 45 cm and are offered to..


Georg Jensen Damask 1970s op art table place mats purple

These three tablemats were made in the 1970s and measure approximately 31 x 45 cm and are offered to..


Huge Danish trees textile art print 60s/70s

Signed within the artwork by Danish artist Mads Stage (1922–2004), this enormous art textile prin..


Huge vintage 1970s 3d-effect cubes textile

Measuring 128 x 280 cm, this huge vintage cotton textile is hemmed on all sides and printed with ..


Late 60s orange & brown Molyncke fabric tablemats (9)

These nine tablemats date from the late 1960s and are offered together as a single set. They are in ..


Mint condition Södahl Design table/sideboard runner 60s/70s

Produced in Denmark in the late 1960s or early 1970s by Södahl Design A/S, the company founded in 19..


Monochrome op art sunburst fabric unused 1970s

Measuring 122 x 208 cm, this mint and unused fabric is a lightweight and translucent polyester pr..


Oval 60s/70s tablecloth huge vibrant flowers

In superb condition with no sign of previous use, this vintage 1960s/1970s intensely vivid cotton..


Panton-style purple wave fabric curtain as new

A single curtain measuring 116 wide x 140cm drop with a vividly colourful Panton-like wave print ..


Single curtain by Boras Wavferi of Sweden with bold flowers design, 70s

This single vintage curtain was purchased in Sweden and is in excellent condition. It measures 120 c..


Six multicoloured vintage tablemats made in Denmark 1970s

A set of six printed cotton tablemats made in Denmark in the late 1970s. Condition is good with o..


Swedish jute/hessian 1960s/70s tulips table runner fabric unused

Purchased in Sweden and measuring 34 cm wide and 3 metres in length, this vintage table runner fabri..


Tablemats (2) Danish 60s green & blue slubbed fabric

A pair of 1960s Danish tablemats in excellent condition made from a heavy slubbed cotton fabric a..


Unused vintage 1970s Danish fabric huge Marrimekko/Warhol style poppies

Measuring 141 x 228 cm and raw on top and bottom edges, this mint unused vintage fabric was made in ..


Vintage 1950s or 60s headscarf with midcentury modern artwork

This spectacular midcentury modern style headscarf measures 75 x 78cm and is in excellent condi..


Vintage 1960s/70s headscarf with bold graphic design

Measuring 67 x 68cm, this 1960s or 70s headscarf has a bold, hand-drawn graphic artwork in which a c..


Vintage 1970s Verner Panton Mira-X circles fabric tablemats

Purchased in Denmark, these tablemats were made in the 1970s in a style popular in Denmark at that t..


Vintage headscarf with magenta waveform design

Measuring 66cm (26 inches) square, this vintage 1960's–1970's headscarf is made of a man-made tex..


Vintage headscarf with vivid pink geometry design

Measuring 68cm (26.75 inches) square and made of Trevira, this vividly coloured headscarf has a s..


Vintage scarf with stripes design in classic 1970s colours

Measuring 18 x 113cm and in excellent condition, this vintage polyester scarf has a design of stripe..


Vivid satinised multicolour waveform fabric, 1960s

Measuring approx 128 x 130 cm, this bold vintage 1960s textile with its colourful abstract wave d..


Fabrics from the 60s & 70s

Textile design in the period spanning the late 1950s through the 1960s through to the late 1970s can be roughly divided into three broad style categories:
– Stylised fabric designs taken from nature, especially trees, leaves and flowers, as seen in the work of textile designers such as Lucienne Day, Maija Isola and Viola Gråsten. These designs are especially prevalent in Swedish textiles from the midcentury era, where prominent producers included Borås Wäfveri.
– Geometric fabric designs as seen in the work of textile designers like Barbara Brown, Peter Perritt and Verner Panton. Geometric fabric designs were particularly popular in the midcentury era in Germany, Scandinavia and the UK, where many such textiles were produced by Heals.
– Semi-abstract fabric designs as seen in the work of textile designers ranging from Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler and John Piper to Maija Isola and Marjatta Metsovaara. Textiles in this style were extremely popular in the UK, where Heals and David Whitehead produced many notable fabrics in this style, and in Finland, where designs were often particularly bold and on a very large scale and were produced by companies including Marimekko, Tampella and Finlayson.

Why we love 60s & 70s fabrics

Many of the best fabric designs from the late 50s, 60s and 70s have proved to be perennial classics that have continued to resonate throughout the 50-plus years since they were created. Indeed, a number of textile designs from this era have been brought back into production and a significant proportion of today's contemporary fabrics have been directly inspired by textiles from the midcentury and postwar period. We also love the unbeatable quality of fabrics from the 50s, 60s and 70s, as well as their distinctive and highly characteristic colours and print techniques.

How to use 60s & 70s fabrics

We often use these stunning vintage 1960s and 70s fabrics in exactly the way they were originally intended – as curtains, as tablemats and tablecloths, or as headscarves. But our favourite tip is to use them as wall hangings, which emphasises their identity as the works of art they really are and is also a really easy and cost-effective way to introduce a strong midcentury period ambience into a room.