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Zimmer + Rohde Passementerie

It perfects textiles and gives them a distinctive look. Above all else, Passementerie provides a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to interior design pieces, from window decoration and upholstered furniture right through to pillows and bed covers. This is why the elaborate ribbons, laces, cords, tassels and fringes are loved all around the world. As an individual finish, they provide opulent interiors and modern spaces with a unique touch. Zimmer + Rohde has dedicated an entire collection to these sophisticated accessories that give fabrics a crowning finish.

Passementerie comes from the French word ‘passement’ and is the collective term for delicate textile pieces. These were immensely popular as sumptuous decoration for gowns and soft furnishings in Ancient Egypt, China and the Persian Empire. In medieval times, France, Italy and southern Germany became the centre for passementerie craftsmanship. Today, these places still specialise in accessories that are effective and elaborate in equal measure. However, original knits from metal fibres as seen on uniforms have now been almost exclusively replaced with textile fibres. These are used to elaborately handcraft products that offer homes cosiness with a unique style.

Passementerie by Zimmer + Rohde are manufactured in one of four French companies that still use traditional weaving looms combined with modern expertise. At the Sahuc family’s factory, qualified passementiers create the finest decorative trimmings, ranging from woven piping, decorative pleated ribbons, looped fringes and tie-backs to luxurious cords and trimmings. Sometimes the specialists take an entire day to complete just five metres of a single piece. However, it is worth the effort. Passementerie, in the form of appliqué or trimming, decorative edging or piping, tie-backs or edge banding, highlights the top quality of ready-made textiles. It is the decorative icing on the cake, whether matching or as an attractive colour contrast.

Passementerie has already played a key role in interior design in the US for many years. It is now gradually becoming more important on the European market. This development is being further spurred on by the current trend for elegance, gemstone colours, velvet fabrics and accessories in brass and copper tones. It is therefore definitely worth discovering these textile details that can achieve a huge effect.

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