Over the past two weeks or so, I’ve been collecting examples of beautiful barkcloth designs from listings on ebay. Vintage barkcloth pinchpleats are nearly essential, in my book. A second choice is sheers, either alone or in combo with barkcloth. The pinch pleats are a must, though – the pleats really enhance the, well, “drape” of the fabric and lend a bit of formality or dress-up to your window.
Barkcloth was available in a wide, wide range of designs. So you really have a lot of flexibility. You can go flowery-girliegirl, flowery-tiki, flowery-sophisticate, geometric, toiles, asian, cowboy, ballerina, coffee pots – you name it!
Tip #1: I particularly like the designs that have a gold thread or imprint over the top of the basic color design. This adds a wonderful “little something” that gives the pinch-pleats even more to love.
Tip #2: Don’t think you just need a ‘modern geometric’. Flowers and toiles can really mix up your decor, I almost prefer them.
1: Unusual to see these colors:
2: Nice flowers, lovely colors, with that gold leaf I was talking about:
3: Great for a 40s kitchen or bedroom:
4: Detail of an awesome asian design:
5: More asian, also quite lovely:
6: Googie, with gold leaf:
7: 60s, be careful of hangover mornings:
8: Yippee YaY aye:
9: Very beautiful, the colors are wonderful. Portland Amy, I’m thinking this would look great on your window-wall:
10: I’m not sure how to classify this one, I’ll call it Roman-with-Flowers, note the gold thread:
11: Asian, awesome, very clean and crisp… would like fabulous with chartreuse walls: