Chintz originated in India; its name coming from the Hindu word chint. In addition to classic floral arabesques, what’s typical about chintz is the finish of the fabric. The cotton pattern is glazed to add a stiffness and sheen.

It was imported by the English in the 17th century. The British and French began manufacturing chintz in the middle of the 18th century and used everywhere – on walls, furnishings, windows, including clothing. Some of the period considered chintz as a middle class fabric belonging only in country cottages, but by the 19th century, it was also used in upscale homes. It reached the height of popularity in the Victorian design age.

Today, chintz is making a comeback with an updated aesthetic often without the stiffness or glaze. Color combinations are softer, and the fabric is limited to a few select elements in a room. It’s used in design schemes desiring informality and coziness.

There are more than 900 different versions of chintz, not including color ways, providing endless design options. It’s a wonderful, durable, and beautiful material with or without the glaze. With its attractive colors and patterns chintz is always refreshing.

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