April 2003

Opulent Textiles: The Schumacher Collection

Crown Publishers, Inc.

  • 201 East 50th Street
  • New York , NY

Looking for a great book on exquisite fabric and the history of American textiles? Opulent Textiles: The Schumacher Collection is a great resource detailing how entrepreneur Frederic Schumacher made history by creating the Schumacher Company, best known for carrying the finest in imported and domestic textiles.

Along with information on the Schumacher Company, this publication consists of an archived collection of over 250 exquisite colorful photographs. View photos of the company in the making or check out pictures of one-of-a kind textiles. Fine textiles presented include:

  • Brocade
  • Damask
  • Silk Lampas
  • Tapestry
  • Toile
  • Chintz

The pictures give stunning examples of the way Mr. Schumacher used fabrics for furniture, beddings, and draperies. Through an extensive and exclusive clientele, Schumacher had tremendous success decorating walls, ceilings, and furniture in the White House; creating one-of-a-kind curtains for top name Opera Houses; and designing dining and bedding materials for Five Star Hotels.

Although primarily a textile book in nature, this publication can be used to receive a glimpse of company history, textile manufacturing, interior design, and color theory. The pictures will leave you in awe from the detail and intricacy of each pattern. For those who are interested in the beauty of art, it is a must see for inspiration.

Reviewer: Beverlee Carbral, FIDM Library Staff Member, S.D.