At Schellens, there’s no end to the possibilities for creating exclusive and original fabrics. The company’s distinctive range of textiles demonstrates the potential of the mill yet represents only a fraction of its capabilities.
Schellens thus continues to develop new fabrics independently, as a source of inspiration for its clients, and in partnership with them.
As the only European mill that dyes and weaves mohair velvets under one roof, Schellens’ velvets are unique and remarkable — the natural silky sheen of this regal fibre makes them a favoured choice for upholstery in luxury homes, private aircraft, touring buses, passenger vehicles, yachts and cruise ships.
Schellens approaches the market for natural fibre weaves with insight and ingenuity. In 2012, it has invited Lidewij Edelkoort to revive a production process called “gaufrage”, embossing its velvets with a hot cylinder walses in a range of ten motifs.
Edelkoort has delved into an extensive archive of these copper cylinders — some dating back to the 1920s — all salvaged by Schellens from a Dutch factory just before it was about to be discarded.
These contemporary and appealing patterns have been re-released by Schellens and used to upholster furniture by the renowned Parisian retailer Caravane for Mohair South Africa’s stand at Maison & Objet (Ethnic Chic stand #B48-C47, September 7 – 11, 2012).