At the Aerin
for Lee Jofa
preview last week,
we caught up with Lee Jofa's executive vice president, chief creative director, and all-around textile genius, Stephen Elrod. He filled us in on a subtle but important differentiation when talking about textiles: All prints are patterns, but not all patterns are prints. So, when in doubt, say pattern
. Some examples (and a pop quiz) below.
Print or Pattern? This may look like a print, but it’s the weave of the fabric that creates the design you see. This one is a pattern.
Print or Pattern? Trick question! It’s actually both. This textile is created by applying dye to the surface of a woven fabric by hand blocking, screen printing or digitally printing the design. So it’s a print, but it’s also a pattern.
Print or Pattern?
Technically, this one
is embroidery, but you’re safe calling it a pattern.