Carolina Herrera, Jr. isn't timid when it comes to using fabric; Above, her Madrid bedroom photographed by Eric Cahan for Domino, spring/summer 2005.
The homes of Vogue Living's globe-trotting Style Editor, Carolina Irving, reflect her passion for fabric. Above is her Manhattan apartment, photographed by Francois Halard for Vogue, October 2006; Below, her Long Island home, as seen in Vogue Living, fall 2006, with a hanging suzani from her friend, Christian Louboutin and a Directoire sofa covered in Indian raw silk from decorator Peter Dunham.
If you too are a fabric enthusiast and you want to learn more about various textiles, here are some helpful links:
The Textile Museum, located in Washington, D.C., offers a very useful online mini-dictionary of textile terms.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers comprehensive online collections and resources.
Esther Fitzgerald Rare Textiles has a great glossary plus images of antique Indian palampores, suzanis and more.
Marla Mallett is a well-known textile expert; her site features about 1500 images of rugs, embroidered pieces, and tapestries.
Chez Carolina is a detailed video of Irving's apartment. Registration is required before viewing and the site is in French. See also Carolina Irving Textiles.
Textile Art offers interesting books, strong images.
Cora Ginsburg, a leading antique textile dealer, has exquisite finds and helpful sources.