This is our guest bedroom-we call it the Colorado Room.  It has photos, prints and mementos of our time in Colorado, so I wanted a quilt that reflected the warm fuzzy feelings we had then and still have about our time there.  I fell in love with this quilt which so beautifully incorporated floral patterns without looking totally “girly.”  The soft hues of grey, brown with splashes of charcoal make the room so inviting and gender neutral.  My quilt is floral but not the more commonly used floral fabric, chintz.

The floral fabric for home use goes all the way back to China and India in the 1600’s and was called chintz.  It was used for bedding, quilts and drapes.  A thin fabric, it was painted or stained with images of birds, flowers and wildlife.  It became so popular, it threatened the textile industry in France and England.  Trying to stem the tide of this popular fabric, the British Parliament forbade the use of chintz for clothing and household furnishings-the French government imposed a ban on all imported chintz.  This perfectly lovely fabric seems like quite a rebel rouser!

Creativity kicked in and, despite all the government rules against it, dying, printing and glazing techniques were developed in England-and in no time English chintz become known as the finest in the world.  Eventually, the ban was lifted and chintz could hold its head high as one of the most treasured and sought after patterns in home design.

I always want be prepared in case Jeopardy calls, so here are some appropriately obscure things I might want to know for that Chintz for $600 category:


Floral and pictorial scenes are shown in modern versions.

After the coloring process, the fabric is cleaned-usually with cow dung. Wax is applied and then dipped in hot water.

There you go-you’re gonna knock ’em dead if Chintz is a category on Jeopardy!  Do you use floral in your home decor?  Would love to see some of the ways floral patterns can enhance a space.