Robert Allen makes choosing fabrics for the home effortless. Founded over 70 years ago, the company was the first to group its textiles into books. It continues that practice today by coordinating its offerings into color stories and similarly themed patterns—from graphic prints designed by DwellStudio to lush monochromes that harmonize with Sherwin-Williams’ most popular paints. In addition to its upholstery and trim, Robert Allen offers drapery hardware and a line of upholstered furniture in styles that range from traditional to transitional.
The ikat technique—in which individual threads are saturated and dyed with color, before being woven—is centuries old. But the bold hues and eye-catching patterns that this process yields are still fresh and relevant today. We've got plenty of ikat-themed options here, from Jamie Young's drum-shade table lamp and Jeanette Farrier's printed quilts to nuLOOM's vibrant hand-knotted rugs. Pick one as a focal point, or mix and match prints and colors and fill a room.
Federal style was popularized in the U.S. in the late 18th and early 19th century, when things were generally very good: The American Revolution was done and the U.S. was a bright-eyed new nation. Federal style echoed this sense of hope and promise with some of the most graceful and elegant designs ever created. Rich, dark woods, intricate workmanship, substantial scale and strong, sweeping lines are characteristic of the period. Want to get the look? We’ve got everything from Federal-style sofas and headboards to a Thomas Jefferson print and a mirror with a sculptural eagle perched on top. Each piece echoes the rich, bygone era but is scaled and styled to fit the way we live today.
Give your home an exotic air with these furnishings and accessories inspired by locales throughout Asia. Tenango’s antique cabinets, trunks, and tables have beautifully weathered finishes. Designer Richard Mishaan’s samurai costume photographs for Soicher Marin are full of color and personality. And, for the D.I.Y.-ers: Re-cover that chair with Robert Allen’s Ming-inspired fabric.
Robert Allen may be best known for its luxury textiles, but its line of classic furniture is just as impressive. Snap up some of the company’s one-of-a-kind samples, including a leather étagère with nailhead trim, a sofa upholstered in velvet, and a glass-and-metal end table.