Houndstooth

Throw pillow in a classic houndstooth pattern, in situ.


Houndstooth Pillows

$249.00$299.00

You can never go wrong with a classic houndstooth pillow. Our houndstooth pillows are offered in a cool gray and bone white fabric.

Houndstooth is a highly durable woven pillow that is rich in texture. Soil & stain repellent.

86% Polyester | 14% Viscose | Made in USA

Available in 10 sizes.

(Shown in 12″ by 18″ lumbar with knife welt.)
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Each pillow is handmade, with exemplary craftsmanship, by an American workroom specializing in interior design applications.

All of our fabrics are authentic. They come from the the world’s top designers, directly from the interior design market. These are fabrics that you do not have access to unless you use an interior designer.

Knife Edge

Our knife edge seam is the cleanest and simplest form of finishing our pillows.

Self-Welt

Our self welt is 3/8″ piping, made from the same fabric, that is used in place of a seam to give the pillow a finished look.

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All About Houndstooth

The abstract, checkerboard pattern used in our Houndstooth designer pillow first appeared in the lowlands of 19th century Scotland. Back then, it was called Shepherd’s check or Dogtooth, and it was mostly used on woven wool outerwear for sheepherders. Today, the two-tone pattern can be found on everything from clothing and accessories to designer houndstooth throw pillows!

A Pattern with a Distinctive Heritage

In the 1920s, Scottish clans adopted the original check from the sheepherders to claim for their own tartan designs. And while Scottish clans are notoriously possessive of their tartans, houndstooth was never officially registered by any one clan, as is the tradition when a group chooses a tartan to represent them. As such, houndstooth is seen as a neutral pattern, in more ways than one.

From Humble Beginnings to a Symbol of Affluence

Dictionaries do not record the first use of the term “houndstooth” until 1936. It was in this decade that houndstooth became a symbol of wealth among the upper classes, when then Prince of Wales, Edward the VII, Duke of Windsor, chose the pattern for use in his everyday apparel. Wool fabric houses worked closely with royal tailors to design elegant houndstooth suits to the Prince’s liking. The more the Prince was seen in houndstooth, the more apparel manufacturers produced designs with the print for the general public.

Houndstooth Goes International

The Brits couldn’t keep houndstooth to themselves forever. In 1959, French fashion designer Christian Dior began incorporating the pattern into his lines. Rather than weaving the pattern, as was the style of the British, Dior and subsequent designers, including Louis Vuitton and Chanel, would instead print the distinctive shapes onto fabric for their women’s wear collections.

By 1965, Americans had finally caught the houndstooth bug, with designer Geoffrey Beene pairing the pattern with lace on his dresses for society women. Beene also veered away from the traditional black and white check to more colorful statements of lavender with charcoal and green, and caramel with black. (Thanks for the inspiration, Mr. Beene!)

At Designer Fluff, our Houndstooth pillow returns to—and expands—the original tradition of the Old World, weaving the pattern into the fabric and adding a 3-dimensional component.

A Truly Timeless Print

Houndstooth has come quite a long way from its humble but noble origins on the backs of shepherds. In 2003, Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto created his entire fall collection, from oversized coats to chiffon ball gowns, with houndstooth in the designs. 2009 saw houndstooth featured in almost every major international runway show, from British designer Alexander McQueen to the Italian brand Moschino.

More recently, houndstooth has found its way into hats, belts, shoes and even home accessories! The check with modest beginnings has become a pattern widely admired by the international fashion community.

A Versatile Reflection of Your Good Taste

At Designer Fluff, we think everyone should have at least one houndstooth jacket, scarf, or coat in their wardrobe. And we think every home should contain at least one designer houndstooth throw pillow or blanket.

We suggest a pair of our houndstooth pillows, one on each end of a sofa or one each on a pair of matched chairs, as an ideal way to add a truly iconic touch of timeless elegance to your room.

 

(History of houndstooth adapted from ehow.com)

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