Fabrics

Yellow Oval Room White HouseResearch by Steven L. Brawley

Jackie's Fabrics/ Wall-coverings

  • Pale green with flower pattern by Tillett Textiles (Jackie's White House bedroom curtains and bed draperies)
  • Fish Head Plaid by Connaissance Fabrics, from Design Works (1040 dining room tablecloth with a geometric print of brown, white, and coral)
  • Large Feather by Connaissance Fabrics, from Design Works (1040 library sofa covering of black and rust on duck cloth)
  • Keisha Red by Rose Cumming (1040 dining room wallpaper and drapery)
  • Jardin de Tuileries by Scalamandré (1040 bedroom bed draperies on silk, also used by Pat Nixon in the White House)
  • Scalamandré fabrics were featured in Jackie's 1961-63 restoration of the White House in the Empire Guest, Blue, Red, and Yellow Oval rooms.
  • Jackie selected Brunschwig & Fils fabrics for curtains in the White House President's Dining Room and for chairs in the Lincoln Sitting Room.
  • Moss green watered silk from Tassinari & Chatel adorned the walls of the Jackie's Green Room. The French firm also created blue and gold fabric for chairs in the Blue Room, while a  rose ivory silk brocade was provided for the Queen's Bedroom curtains.
  • Stroheim & Romann fabrics used by Sister Parish in Jackie's White House bedroom and other WH rooms.

Notes: In 1969 Jackie Kennedy recruited the Tilletts to launch Design Works, a textile studio in Bedford Stuyvesant for which the Tilletts trained local residents in their techniques and collaborated on designs. Design Works was known for large-scale, ethically-inspired patterns and lasted until 1978. 

Image copyright Jake Gariepy (Dapper and Dreamy) - Jackie's White House Yellow Oval Room.

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