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Jacquard Weaves: Four Variations Defined


The complex Jacquard loom was developed in France during early 1800s by Joseph-Marie Jacquard. It uses plain, twill and satin weaves to produce figured patterns. Many fabrics are collectively called “jacquard’” today, although there are significant differences between them.

Brocade is a stiff, heavy, non-reversible fabric featuring a high-low relief pattern that often snags easily. It is created from satin floats on a plain, ribbed or satin background.


Damask is flatter than brocade, and it has shorter satin floats of threads that go in the opposite direction from the floats on the satin background. It is usually a single color, and its name comes from the fact that it was introduced to the west through Damascus, Syria (cool little known facts!).

A Tapestry weave is similar to brocade, but it is heavier. It has a very complicated structure, consisting of two or more sets of warp and two or more sets of weft threads interlaced.

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