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What Exactly IS Damask?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
What is Damask?
Damask is a beautifully unique design style that originated in the middle ages in the Byzantine Empire. The term Damask was actually derived from the name of the ancient Syrian city of Damascus. Ancient people would weave gorgeous, original prints from the finest materials available such as silk and linen to make rugs and other decorative pieces. These designs were so popular because they were reversible expressions of the artists that created them. It’s the damask style which was responsible for popularizing the highly coveted Persian rugs. In 2008, a silk, Isfahan rug sold for over $4.45 million, this was the highest amount ever paid for a Damask style rug. While this price was the exception and not the rule, hand-made Persian rugs are typically very expensive.
Ancient Damask Designs in Modern Homes
Today, Damask print rugs and wall tapestries are used to decorate the homes of those seeking an original style to break the monotony of traditional design. In fact, many custom homes are even decorated with Damask wall paper. These beautiful patterns are available in countless different style and colors and can be obtained without the outrageously high price tags that are often times associated with Persian rugs. Can a custom home really be custom if the neighbor’s house has the same, boring, white walls? For nearly a millennium, people have relied on the damask style to beautify their residences and modern home builders have also taken advantage of the gorgeous style provided by these amazing motifs because they know the elaborate patterns give the homes an aesthetic advantage over those with ordinary, painted walls.
Affordable Eye Candy Fortunately, Damask print wallpaper prices are comparable to wallpaper with regular motifs. Nearly every color combination imaginable is available to make a custom home truly unique. Everyone who steps into a home with damask wallpaper is sure to marvel at the intricate patterns chosen to decorate the walls. From mild pastels, to vibrant colors that seem to leap off the wall, Damask patterns have the ability to truly make a house a home.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com