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damask

(dăm`əsk) [from DamascusDamascus
, Arabic Dimashq or ash-Sham, city (1995 est. pop. 1,500,000), capital of Syria and of its Damascus governorate, SW Syria, on the eastern edge of the Anti-Lebanon Mts. It is Syria's largest city and its administrative, financial, and communications center.
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], fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibers, with a pattern formed by the weaving; e.g., the ground may be in twill weave, and the contrasting design in satin. True damasks are flat and reversible, thus differing from brocades. Splendid patterns, silks, and dyes were used by the Damascus weavers, sometimes with the addition of gold or silver thread. Fine linen table damask is one of the most beautiful examples of the modern weavers' art, in both pattern and texture. Double damask has more picks, or threads, to the inch than single; compound damask has one or two warps and two fillings.

damask

[′dam·əsk]
(textiles)
A fabric with a satin-weave pattern against a plainwoven background, made on a jacquard loom.

damask

a. a reversible fabric, usually silk or linen, with a pattern woven into it. It is used for table linen, curtains, etc.
b. table linen made from this
c. (as modifier): a damask tablecloth
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The old man seemed gradually blending into the chair, the damask waistcoat to resolve into a cushion, the red slippers to shrink into little red cloth bags.
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3 Lace-like damasks and flocked fabrics in tones from raspberry to black grape are dominating new upholstered furniture like this chair from Cyan Design ($1,172.
The first damasks were rich reversible fabrics invented by the weavers of mediaval Islam and Byzantium and Chinese artist-craftsmen at least as far back as the Ming dynasty loved the luscious peony blossom for porcelain, paintings and fabrics.
The Home Textiles Market this week will offer its share of highly styled, luxurious bed ensembles and table linens featuring long-time design standbys such as chenilles, damasks, jacquards, dupionis and a number of exotic weaves.
Most other types such as gallicas, damasks, albas and centifolias, together with bourbons, will give more flowers if their side shoots are shortened by two-thirds in winter.
provides one of the largest selections of fabrics to the church consisting of over 60 different patterns in assorted church colors and qualities ranging from 100 percent cotton damasks to the highest quality of metallic brocades.
Despite the railing of a Phillip Stubbes against magistrates "in silks, velvets, satins, damasks, taffetas, and such like," splendid attire for legitimate courtiers was acceptable; for parvenus it was not.
LUXURY jacquard embossing, damasks and stylish checks are among the favourites in the bedding departments right now.
28, for items you want to have reupholstered, Valley Upholstering is having a close-out sale on selected fabrics such as Italian damasks, plush chenilles and cotton prints.
Striped fabrics and damasks in co-ordination with faux-unis, all in Trevira CS, are the new collection that Surcanape' has realized for the Contract sector.
DAKOTAH has the license to produce comforters, throws, pillows, duvets, shams, baby blankets and baby pillows in the following fabrics: Polarfleece, damasks, velvets, matelasse and more.