Bring on the Bouclé

If you are into interiors you have no doubt seen the growing number of furnishings from cushions, bedding, and upholstery, that are covered in this wondrously tactile fabric.  If you are after fabric that adds dimension texture then Bouclé is the fabric for you.

Bouclé – pronounced ‘Boo-clay’ comes from the French word bouclé, which means “to curl”.  With its extremely nubby, looped yarn, this fabric can be used across many applications and although traditionally woven from wool or mohair, there are now options available in cotton, linen and even silk yarns where we see it most predominately in upholstery and accessories.

Bouclé refers to both the yarn and the fabric made from the yarn. Known for its interesting visual texture and super-soft comfort, there is no doubt that this interior textile is in high demand for residential and commercial interiors at the moment.

The soft handle of the fabric makes it ideal for curved furniture and is loved by mid-century enthusiasts, while it’s plushness is equally relished by cushion addicts.

Here at James Dunlop Textiles we are pleased to announce the recent release of Mokum’s Grand Bouclé by Catherine Martin, a weighty and dimensional upholstery weight fabric. Woven in Italy, in a mix of natural and synthetic fibres, Grande Bouclé has been expertly finished creating a soft and luxurious handle and tailored finish. The light acyclic backing adds further weight and prevents movement on loose cushions. 


Available in three perfect neutrals that will complement a variety of colour schemes.

The Bouclé resurgence

This hardy fabric, most often seen in white or cream (with other beautiful shades on offer) provides a modernity to any space.  As a popular fabric in the 70s, its current resurgence proves the market just loves a super tactical fabric. Bouclé also speaks to both megatrends that we have highlighted over the past year – that of a minimalist/calm sanctuary as well as working in a maximalist interior scheme.  Read more on the megatrends here.


The Key Points:

  • Highly tactile and dimensional fabrics such as Bouclé are currently extremely popular at present and very forgiving once upholstered as their height hides stitching details or visibility of what lies beneath.
  • The Bouclé structure suit volumetric, round furniture and are inline with the trend of visual optimism, whilst also having a more feminine design aesthetic.
  • Bouclé speaks to the current love of 1970s interiors, and suits both maximalist and minimalist inclinations.
Image Sourced from Dezeen

Image Sourced from Dezeen


The green side of wool

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We have a soft spot for sheep.  For many, sheep are symbolic to New Zealand culture with the rearing of sheep being the backbone to the economy for many years.  

Sheep farming was established in New Zealand by the 1850s and has played an important role in the economy ever since. For several decades wool accounted for more than a third of New Zealand’s exports by value with the sheep population peaking at just over 70 million in 1982.

This number is significant when comparing it to New Zealand’s human population.  By 2020, sheep numbers dropped to 26 million, following a decline in profitability compared to other types of farming, particularly dairying.

While also farmed for their meat, today’s article focuses on sheep wool and its environmental attributes.