• Tayeeb Khan

Home Furnishing Textiles – What is it & What is its importance?



Since you are reading this blog, I am assuming you are knowledgeable about the fashion & fashion industry. I am also assuming that you would have at least a vague idea of what home furnishing textiles are. Unless of course you have very little knowledge of fashion like me and are looking to learn new things or have a newfound interest in fashion designing.


Just because I said I have very little knowledge of fashion or fashion designing does not mean I am a fashion illiterate, or this post does not hold authority. I have learned a lot through writing blog posts here and it’s the same with this post as well. A daunting amount of research has been done to write this post and I have learned a lot. I am hoping that by the time you leave our website, you learn a thing or two about fashion or at least gain some interest in the field of fashion.


Looks like we took a little detour there even before we started about the home furnishing textiles. Let us jump onto it. Here is what you can expect from this post.


By the time you finish reading this post, you will understand in detail what home furnishing textiles are; what is the importance of home furnishing textiles and how big the market and how big the opportunities in this field of fashion are.


What is Home Furnishing Textiles?


Before I give you a proper definition of what home furnishing textiles are, just have a look around you first. I am really hoping you are sitting at home and reading this post at home, or else this trick won’t work (That kind of makes me a bit uncomfortable).


While you looked around, did you notice that cloth on the Sofa set, curtains, carpets on the floor, etc.? All these fall under the category of home furnishing textiles.


Textiles can be defined as a type of cloth or a woven fabric. Home Furnishing textiles are the textiles that are used to furnish homes. Textiles have always been either used for decorative purposes or functional purposes. But Home textiles is where the perfect union of decoration & function forms. Home furnishing textiles help in providing homes with a defined character aesthetics.

There are various kinds of home furnishing textiles based on the techniques that are used to create them and based on the kinds of fabric used to create them.


Home textiles include a wide range of products including:

  • Bedding and curtains

  • Sleeping bags

  • Home furnishing fabrics

  • Bedspreads

  • Blankets

  • Pillows and pillow cover

  • Cushion and cushion cover

  • Carpets and rugs

  • Wall hangings

  • Towels

  • Tablecloths and mats

  • Kitchen linen and kitchen accessories

  • Bathroom accessories


Growing Importance of Home Furnishing Textiles:


You might have already noticed that the concept of Interior designing is on spectacular growth. Gone are the days when people used to buy furniture and just place them as they pleased. Furnitures are mass-produced and they cannot differentiate a place just by themselves. That is where home furnishing textiles come in. They help in adding a character to the space with pleasing aesthetics. In today’s time, everything needs to look pretty, and perfect and home furnishing textiles are a major part of making things look prettier.


The Home Furnishing textiles market in India alone is estimated at Rs. 17,000 Crores and is predicted to grow at an annual rate of 9%. India has always been the home of textiles and fabrics, and this has opened a huge opportunity.


One of the websites quoted Amit Gupta, co-founder, and director of an e-commerce website saying “

The growth of home textiles is inevitable in the Indian market as customers lookout to have a unique showcase at their home and office, and do not hesitate to spend on the same”.


The biggest problem though is that only 10% of the home textiles is organized. 90% of the remaining unorganized sector is running the Market. What does this mean? Well, there is a problem that needs to solve, and this is a huge opportunity for a profitable business.


Every e-commerce giant has started adding the home section to its categories list. This should give you an idea of the demand for home textiles.

Raymond home recently announced that they will be venturing into the organized Indian home textiles market.

SK Gupta, the president of Raymond was quoted by a website saying, "We would like our products to be more accessible to our customers by optimizing our vast distribution network and look forward to introducing new distributors in Maharashtra,".


You might ask, how does it help the fashion industry?


Well, the Home textiles market is a part of the fashion industry and the most experimented segment of fashion at that. The consumers increasing demand for exquisite home furnishing designs & fabrics has led to a lot of experiments by fashion designers to create home textiles that can satisfy customer demands.


That was all about the importance of Home Furnishing Textiles, let’s make it a bit fun and see the latest trends in home textiles & how colors can set your mood.

Home Textiles Trends in 2021 – 2022:


I am not sure how believable it is for you, but the Pandemic had a major effect on Home Textile trends. Pre-Pandemic most of us spent a major chunk of our time in offices, Schools, Colleges. Now with Pandemic and Work from Home culture, many of us are spending a lot of time at home. Home living has been the biggest theme last year. The psychology of color plays an important role in every one of our lives and this is one of the examples of that.


Infusing Nature in our homes with color & form:


There is a lot of instability out there. During these times of instability & insecurities, people have taken refuge by creating a space that gives them a sense of security, and what better than infusing the colors of nature into our homes.


It's all about creating a synergy between natural materials, colors & textiles to fortify rooms with a warm atmosphere. Soft textures, amorphous shapes, and muted earthy tones define the home textile trends for 2022.


Conclusion:


The opportunities in home furnishing textiles are huge and the market is still in its early stages in India. If you have been thinking of stepping into this industry, there is no better time than this. Get into a fashion designing course start preparing for your career in home textiles.


If you think that I have missed out on any of the points, let me know in the comments section below and I will add to it. If you have a friend who is interested in home textiles, make sure to share it with them.


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