We’ve all heard the word, and most of us know what it looks like, but what exactly IS damask? And why do we love it so? Damasks originated in France during the period of Louis XVI (which design buffs know was not a time known for minimalism and restraint). The patterns feature symmetrical designs, often with flowers or leaves and were originally woven from rich, fabulous silks. Sounds super luxe, right? And they were – variations of the original centuries old patterns are still used today. But we love a good twist, and the way damasks are interpreted today is nothing short of inspired. Pine Cone Hill prints their damask patterns on cotton in a wide range of colors sure to please from soft, subtle tints to bold chocolate (peony is one of our favorites, shown above). And if you love chocolate, check out our sand blasted damask table lamp. Got a yen for bold graphics? Decoupaged damask prints brighten up traditional vases, pitchers and desk accessories in a way that is sure to be noticed. A tufted loveseat covered in printed cotton damask combines an air of historical reference with a casual elegance by House Inc. And while it’s not really a damask pattern, we think King Louis XVI would have appreciated the elegant pattern silk screened onto the modern loft coffee table.