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Journal

We are interested in what fabric can bring to life. This journal is a celebration of the lifestyle, culture and design that influences what we do.

FibreGuard Pro embodies the inherent stain protection of FibreGuard, with additional water-repellent and anti-microbial technologies. These properties allow it to shine in the high-traffic industries of healthcare and hospitality, where accidents are frequent and cleanability is a priority. 

Whether your hospitality business is a motel, hotel, café, or restaurant, the overheads are high. Unlike other easy-to-clean fabrics, the stain-resistant finish of FibreGuard is permanent for the life of the fabric. This means that the stain-free properties in our fabrics will not deteriorate after washing or prolonged use and with proper care, they will withstand the most punishing treatment in any commercial setting. 

When purchasing a new piece of furniture, or reviving an old one, there are numerous factors to consider in addition to the initial look and feel of the fabric. The longevity of an item is relative to the environment in which it lives, it is important to research fabric types and the specific yarn type and construction to ensure that your selection aligns with your unique needs.

Due to regular wear and tear your furniture will show signs of aging, which may be accelerated by having unknowingly chosen a textile that is not fit for purpose. However, just like ourselves, many fabrics will age gracefully and this is all part of their charm. 

Refer to our Basic Styles of Fabrics & Fabric Construction articles. 

To activate our culture and values, the team at James Dunlop Textiles have set aside one day in the year to step outside of the office, showroom, or warehouse and give back to our wider community.

By forming cross-functional teams we foster our internal community whilst contributing to our external community.

The Day for Good initiative is a step towards meeting our Sustainable Future goals. We are aware of the impact the textile industry has on our environment, and we are prepared to do our part to make a difference and reduce our environmental impact.

FibreGuard promises to produce beautiful textiles from fibres to yarns to fabrics. Three core design elements ensure beauty is realised aesthetically through the visual effect and distinctive softness; technically through the performance standards and structural excellence; and inherently through permanent stain-on-stain resistance technology.

FibreGuard’s inherent stain-resistant technology is unique in the textiles market. Engineered by textile scientists to create world class fabrics, FibreGuard is subject to customised testing procedures created by Labotex, and an independent textiles laboratory.

In the creation of easy clean fabrics with stain-resistant properties, Labotex specialist technicians test the fabrics’ performance against a range of ISO standards. ISO standards are set out internationally by experts such as manufacturers, sellers, buyers, customers, and trade associations to assess the best way to make products, manage processes, deliver services, or supply materials.

When it comes to choosing an upholstery fabric, it’s not just grabbing the best-looking fabric on the shelf and Bob’s your uncle.  To achieve long-lasting and practical results, serious consideration needs to take place before you shell out any of your hard-earned money.

If you have read any of our previous journal articles, you will know that we highly advise educating yourself first and researching the ins and outs of several types of fabrics - the way they are constructed as well as how they behave under certain conditions.

In today’s article, we provide a high-level overview of the key considerations as part of your upholstery fabric selection.

Picture this: 

You purchased a brand-new couch this autumn. It has extra wide cushions on the seat. It’s sleek, it’s chic, it takes up one third of your lounge and most importantly, you can melt into it on a Friday evening after work. 

Fast forward to mid-spring. Sure, you passed all those cold winter’s nights watching movies with the family and you have spent more of the lockdown sitting down than you would like to admit, but now that it’s almost time to pop your bubble your brand-new couch is looking a little… disheveled. 

When selecting the fabric and style of a new lounge suite it is crucial to consider its future environment. To prevent your dream couch from becoming saggy and stretched on the seat cushion after prolonged use, or to remedy the situation, we’ve reached out to James Dunlop Textiles’ Auckland-based Upholstery Specialist, Robert Street, to provide insight into the problem and offer some solutions.

Viscose, or Rayon, was the first regenerated fibre to be manufactured for commercial production in the early 1900s. 

As a fabric, it is able to emulate the extremely soft handle and subtle sheen of natural fibres, whilst being more cost effective to produce. Therefore resulting in the continued popularity of viscose in fashion and soft furnishings.

Although viscose begins as a natural fibre, it is different from products like linen and cotton because it undergoes a manufacturing process. During this process, wood pulp is dissolved in alkali to make the solution called viscose, which is then squeezed through a nozzle or spinneret into an acid bath to create filaments called regenerated cellulose, and finally spun into yarn.

As with all natural fibres, viscose has a unique personality and requires special care. In this article we will discuss the characteristics of this versatile fabric, whether it is the right choice for your next project, and its unexpected enemy – H2O.

Selecting a fabric construction that suits your project is essential to optimizing the look, feel and longevity of your furniture and drapes. While the number of options may seem daunting, allow us to breakdown the most commonly manufactured constructions in this two-part article.

Delve back into part one to refresh your fabric knowledge and feel like an expert in the showroom.

These popular textile constructions also fit neatly into the five basic fabric styles, described here in our earlier article

When it comes to home interiors and soft furnishings there really is a vast range of curtain and upholstery fabrics to choose from, all with varying attributes for certain applications.  To ensure you start your project off with the right foundations, you need to be selecting a fabric that is most suited to its purpose.

There are various textile constructions/qualities that fall within five fabric “types” we describe in our earlier article here.

In this two-part article we will discuss the most commonly manufactured constructions that you see in the market today.

There are five different styles/category of fabric that form the foundation for the vast array of curtain and upholstery fabrics you see on the market today.   Each fabric style outlined below has its own unique characteristics and are produced using different techniques.  Some of these fabric types will be well known to you like plain and printed fabrics, while others less so.

You may be wondering why cotton and linen for example are not included here – this is because they are a type of composition that falls within one of these categories below.   

Here we give you a high-level overview of the styles of fabrics available to you for your home interior or commercial interior project.

Fold Studio is a Sydney based studio designing and fabricating high-end contemporary folding room dividing screens. Stemming from a love of textiles, Pauline Ollman, founder and designer has an extensive background in the architectural and interiors industries overseas and in Australia and her studio aims to create unique, elegant, functional responses to modern-day living needs.  Here, Pauline gives us the lowdown on how her creative concept came to fruition.