Saana Baker’s inspired range of jacquard velvets, embroidered trims and stippled wallpaper – Business of Home | Candle Made Easy

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Courtesy of The Textile EyeSaana Baker

To say Saana Baker Having a knack for fine fabrics is an understatement. The San Francisco-based textile designer and editor of The Textile Eye has built a thriving business on her ability to separate outstanding prints and patterns from mediocre.

Her current mood board—full of bold hues and tactile textures—is a prime example. Inspired by the need for more variety in design, the range features an eclectic range of designs and patterns from manufacturers from around the world. “The discussion about citing one’s own sources and the careful handling of material from different cultures is gaining momentum,” she says business of the house. “The board’s theme builds on the major changes happening in our world, including the social justice movement and its impact on the design industry.”

The end result is a maximalist-friendly mix of plush materials, bold graphic motifs and deep, saturated hues. “The palette is rich and unusual, using innovative combinations to describe an optimistic future,” she says.

Here Baker breaks down the details – from navy linen velvet to printed grass fabric wall coverings.

Saana Baker's inspired range of jacquard velvets, embroidered borders and stippled wallpaper

The designer’s apartment layCourtesy of Saana Baker

1. LINYATI FABRIC IN WATERFALL BY JIUN HO TEXTILE

“This linen velvet is a perfect plain to complement complex patterns; The subtle sheen of the pile is elegant and yet has a broken homeliness.”

2. HINGTHAM WALLCOVERING IN CLAY BY BLACK ARTISTS + DESIGNERS GUILD FOR S. HARRIS

“A printed grass weave inspired by Bhutanese ikat, this wallpaper gains complexity through fine details and multicolored layers.”

3. TIGER NEST FABRIC IN LAKE BY BLACK ARTISTS + DESIGNERS GUILD FOR S. HARRIS

“The feathered edges of this fine embroidery mimic the look of ikat. I love the pattern’s evocative name and the fresh palette of chartreuse, cobalt and pale yellow.”

4. SERONERA FABRIC IN THORN BY JIUN HO TEXTILE

“An extensive visit to the Serengeti inspired world travelers Jiun Ho introduce Seronera. Ho strives to evoke the feeling or mood of a place as opposed to a more literal use of collected motifs.”

5. MACHAKOS FABRIC IN EARTH AND SKY BY NZURI TEXTILES

“Designers Eno Jonah was inspired by the details of an African mask when creating the hand-painted artwork for this design, which will be printed on Belgian linen in California.”

6. SHINTO FABRIC IN TIN BAR BY JIUN HO TEXTILE

“The neutral color of the wool-blend warp yarn in this rustic boucle allows for subtle color schemes that support many palettes.”

7. ANNA MAY WONG FABRIC IN MIDNIGHT/TEAL BY MAKROSHA

“Designers Esha Ahmed was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Queens. Her fascination with Art Deco glamor inspired this finely woven jacquard.”

8. MARCI MOHAIR IN SUMAK BY MAKROSHA

“This classic mohair plush comes in a wide range of rich colors. Mohair velvet stands the test of time and becomes more soulful with wear.”

9. LAMU MESHI FABRIC IN LAPIS BLUFF BY ANAMAR

“Designers Ana Maria Delgado works with a mill in the Philippines to produce their handwoven offerings. All fabrics are warp screen printed, including this ribbed canvas fabric, which is an exceptionally heavy 100% silk.”

10. LIGHTRAY WALLCOVERING IN PATINA BY LISA HUNT FOR WEITZNER

“Visual artist Lisa Hunt worked with Lori Weitzner on a group of five wallpaper and textiles. I admire the way Hunt’s work is strongly geometric yet subtle, [with a] thoughtful translation from fine art to product.”

11. BANDA INDIGO FLATWEAVE RUG BY ESKAYEL

“Designers Shanan Campanaro has developed a unique way of working with master ikat artisans in Sumba, Indonesia. She asked the weavers to reinterpret five existing Eskayel watercolor designs, which she then recreated as flatwoven carpets, wallpapers and printed textiles.”

12. HERITAGE WALLPAPERS BY MALENE BARNETT FOR LULU AND GEORGIA

“Founder of the Black Artists + Designers Guild Paint Barnett has collaborated with Lulu and Georgia on a group of wallcoverings inspired by their handcrafted ceramics. A raised surface printing technique gives this paper a tactile dimension.”

13. WAVE BLUE MURAL BY KAREN J. REVIS FOR A-STREET PRINTS

“Artist and Graphic Designer Karen J Rev created this flowing watercolor design for A-Street Prints. The design shown here is not to scale – it was designed to be printed as a full-size mural.”

14. MAJI FABRIC IN PEACOCK BY BLACK ARTISTS + DESIGNERS GUILD FOR S. HARRIS

“The vibrant blue of this jacquard velvet is contrasted by striking gold threads in the ground, creating an intricate pattern.”

15. PEKING KIKKO FABRIC IN LAZURITE PEAK BY ANAMAR

“The ball pattern is hand screen printed onto the warp using a separate screen for each color before it is hand woven.”

16. HAMAKA FABRIC IN HUMACAO BY BREUWEN

“Designers Gray Lux was inspired by the weaving heritage of his Taino ancestors for this digital linen print. Native to Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean, the Tainos were the creators of the woven hammock.”

17. ALAARI WALLPAPERS BY MALENE BARNETT FOR LULU AND GEORGIA

“Alaari is dyed a beautiful tonal combination of spices, a sophisticated update on millennial pink.”

18. AKIMBO 5 INDIGO FLATWEAVE CARPET BY ESKAYEL

“Another example of Eskayel’s collaboration with master ikat weavers, this wool flatweave has a beautiful inky depth.”

19. YANKARI FABRIC IN TURKANA BY NZURI TEXTILES

“Subtle tonal gradations and hand-drawn details stay true to the hand-painted look of Eno Jonah’s original artwork. She strives to retain a sense of hand-touched imperfection in her linen prints.”

20. MARCI MOHAIR IN TEAL BY MAKROSHA

“A second colorway of Makrosha’s luxurious mohair velvet has a stunning depth of colour.”

21. ANDORRA MESHI FABRIC IN MILORI CROWN BY ANAMAR

“Another find from the Anamar archives, this pattern shows dragon scales. The heavy, hand-woven silk gets its pattern from a hand-sifted warp. Alternating teal hues in the ribs of thick, hand-dyed silk yarns add a shadowy striped effect.”

22. BRASS MAJANI ORNAMENT BY BLACK ARTISTS + DESIGNERS GUILD FOR S. HARRIS

“Gold-colored beads elegantly contrast with the stiff raffia of this trim. The contrast between the two materials is convincing.”

23. BHAVANA DESERT FABRIC BY BLACK ARTISTS + DESIGNERS GUILD FOR S. HARRIS

“I love print-embroidery combinations. The slightly distressed white ink and heavy, ruffled embroidery create interesting layers in this decorative stripe.”

24. AMBOSELI CUSHION IN MAASAI BLUE BY NZURI TEXTILES

“This particular textile is handwoven on a ribbon loom in West Africa; the weaver’s apprentice for many years and shapes the memory of the complex traditional patterns.”

25. PATU FAIRING IN BARK BY BLACK ARTISTS + DESIGNERS GUILD FOR S. HARRIS

“Reminiscent of engraved decorations found on wooden Maori weapons, these chic trimmings are adorned with beads and tonal embroidery.”

Photo on the homepage: A flat lay by designer Saana Baker | Courtesy of Saana Baker Design

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