'FAUVE' vs. 'ARBRE de MATISSE'

The best thing about decorating is finding that perfect fabric in a great colourway that you can't live without. I have had a love affair with fabrics since I was young, following my mother around to various showrooms in search of new yardage for an ottoman or selecting trims for a custom pillow she was dreaming up.

Two of my favourite fabric houses are Quadrille and Clarence House. Quadrille for their bright hues, summery geometrics and ikats and Clarence House for their unusual colour combinations and bold prints.

Both companies produce a similar print - a colourful organic silhouette of trees and leaves in lots of colourways.  Clarence House's version is simply called "Fauve" and Quadrille has named there fabric 'Arbre de Matisse". I don't necessarily have a favourite - I would be delighted to use either fabric!

Below are samples of each...

Clarence House's "Fauve" fabric in black 

Clarence House's "Fauve" fabric in black 

Quadrille's 'Arbre de Matisse' fabric in blue.

Quadrille's 'Arbre de Matisse' fabric in blue.

I find it hard to keep them both straight! Especially since the option from Clarence House looks more similar to the style of Matisse....to me anyway.

Here are some images that show the fabric on a larger scale:

A pair of armchairs  (Arbre de Matisse)

A pair of armchairs  (Arbre de Matisse)

Tory Burch's family room (Fauve)

Tory Burch's family room (Fauve)

 a green colourway for a kitchen roman shade (Arbre de Matisse)

 a green colourway for a kitchen roman shade (Arbre de Matisse)

  a green colourway on a black bamboo bench (Fauve)

  a green colourway on a black bamboo bench (Fauve)

Either fabric is a timeless choice...a designer fabric staple in so many interiors.  An investment, but definitely worth it!