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    Daily Joys...behind the scenes at our studio

    Have you read the news today? Oh boy...

    Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a textiles studio? 

    We find our escape on the edge of the Design District in Dallas, TX. The joys of having a studio-based practice for a business are many... goal-setting, collaboration, celebrating small (and big) victories. Here's a little behind the scenes of our day-to-day...what we do to bring you beautiful, natural, and sustainable textiles. Enjoy!

    Our colorbook and yarn swatches give grounds to the design process. Beginning with a color palette shapes a new design line. 

    Material girls through and through, natural fibers sing the story of KUFRI. Selecting the right yarns for the design are instrumental for our process.
    Once our designs are woven, our textiles are stocked in Dallas. Memos on hand for delivery or showroom pick up. You can order online through your trade account or contact us directly.
    See Mili here checking stock for your next order ;)

    Interior Designer Crush: Ore Studios

    We are big time admirers of Ore Studios because of the warm, informed, and functional spaces they create. For this studio, the most beautiful rooms are the ones that work effortlessly for the people inhabiting them. We couldn't agree more. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! This is part of a series 'Interior Designer Crush' - read all posts here.

    Principal of Ore Studios, Andy Beers; photo by Julie Harmsen

    Tell us about your design practice and philosophy... what makes it different from any other design studio?
    We're very influenced by both buildings and people- we're always happiest when both the house and the client are well served by the work we do. We get to know our clients really well, listen to their preferences, and then overlay that with an understanding of which design and decoration details are the strongest fit with different types of architecture. We find that work approached through this lens tends to be the longest lasting.

    We also like to add as much visual warmth and texture as we can with textiles, as they're such a great opportunity to express a client's point of view in a really low-risk way. Having clients invested in their finishes and fabrics, particularly when there are so many choices in the marketplace, always feels great.


    How have you used KUFRI in some of your recent projects? 
    We have used KUFRI in multiple projects. One was a large remodel for a wonderful young family in Seattle. We used KUFRI's Sanjana Stripe in Grey draperies and Tribal in Black lumbar pillows. We wanted something interesting for the draperies that would read as texture once they were tailored, and would be a pattern they can grow with. Sanjana Stripe broadens the visual impact of the black window sashes, is sophisticated enough for an adult, but has an organic sense of play that is well suited to a kids room.
     

    For the guest bedroom, we used Sur along with Carmel in Licorice for custom pillows. We felt so lucky to find Sur, as it allowed us to bring together all of the neutrals in the room while adding scale and texture. And I love including Carmel wherever we can- the heavy slub and diagonal weave are so beautiful on tailored goods.

    New: 100+ Grasscloth Wallpapers. Holy Moly.

    New: 100+ Grasscloth Wallpapers. Holy Moly.

    Drumroll please...

    Announcing two new lines with the most gorgeous Grasscloth Wallpapers!

    Stocked in the US at crazy good prices. These wallpapers are ready to ship and truly top-notch.

    Handmade Wallcoverings out of the Hill Country of Austin, Texas, ABA Interiors is a family own business that focuses on quality, sustainability, and individuality. It's grasscloths are what dreams are made of.

    At KUFRI, we love the grace and tradition of Japanese art and that is ingrained in the Tokiwa vinyl wallpaper line. It features different traditional and unique Japanese materials in a large variety.

    The gamut of textures, colours, and materials these lines offer fits with any direction your project is taking you.
    Both lines are now represented by KUFRI textiles in our Dallas showroom. Contact us for memos and pricing or use your trade account to browse and order wallpapers directly online.

    Next Level :: Why Handwoven?

    When should you specify handloom woven fabrics? We've broken it down to a few key points...

    Natural fibers, sustainably made
    Sustainability encompasses more than just producing using eco-friendly processes...it also means applying ethical business practices, where workers are treated with dignity, and paid fair wages. Our fabrics also pay attention to the "closed loop system" meaning everything springs to life, gets used then put back into the gets put back into the earth and can bio-degrade within 2-6 months.


    Imperfectly perfect textures
    The irregularities and nuances found in handwoven textiles is what makes them unique and beautiful. The perfectly imperfect adds lots of character and texture making each handwoven fabric truly a work of art.


    Stocked, ready to ship
    We all love a stocked item. With our handwoven textiles, all fabrics are stocked in our Dallas, Texas showroom and ready to ship! This accessibility helps us promote a conscious, beautiful life at home, without the lead time. And, did you know? Most of our fabrics can be Stain, Flame, or Outdoor treated!

    Impact-creating
    Handloom weaving began as early as the 10th century. And even now, all you need is a wooden loom (what a beauty in itself) that takes no electricity! It is a completely manual process and a craft that is passed down generations. Our textiles help artisans continue doing what they know and love, allowing them to sustain their families and villages. There is a strong cultural and economic impact that is created by using our textiles. Now that's something any client would want to support! 

    Handwoven textiles are made with history, heritage, and heart. They are slow textiles and what we love to call Impact textiles...their impact is felt on an entire village. Imagine that :)

    Rule benders :: Seasonless Whites

    Rule benders :: Seasonless Whites

    Trends come and go so as summer comes to a close, the age-old question “Can I wear White after Labor Day?” comes up.

    At KUFRI we’re OK with bending those rules, or making our own. And being enthusiasts of all things textile, we delve into the question… where did this fashion “rule” even come from?
     


    KUFRI Carmel/Cream fabric on upholstered bed by Sarah Hamlin-Hastings


    When the first Monday of September became a federal holiday in 1894 the holiday began to signify the end of summer and vacations, and with that, the emittance of white apparel. The white hot “look of leisure” moves out as the rain clouds and changing seasons move in.


    Luckily, in interiors, we love white no matter the season, and let's not forget, Coco Chanel, who famously wore white year round, as proof.