French & upholstery fabrics

The beauty and richness of French fabric and French upholstery fabric makes them one of the most important elements in a French provincial home. Visit Christophe Living for the finest french fabrics in Australia. We also design custom sofas and upholster each furniture piece in your chosen fabric, find out more about custom french furniture here.

  • French toiles
  • French printed fabrics
  • French linen
  • Silk fabric
  • Linen upholstery
  • Jacquard fabric
  • Demask fabric
  • Stripes & floral upholstery
  • Traditional damasks
  • Louis floral fabrics
  • Silk jacquard fabric

Damasks & baroque fabric patterns

From the richness of the Italian baroque the French borrowed the elaborate damask fabrics with acanthus leaves and other classical motifs. These can be rendered in silk or thicker fibre compositions for upholstery. Some have been modernised and can even be used in a more modern French setting. Their traditional elegance immediately gives that grand French quality to any room.

We proudly stock the finest french upholstery fabric in Australia

Louis floral jacquard fabrics

During the Louis XV period beautiful floral patterns became in vogue. And during the 18th century Joseph-Marie Jacquard invented the loom that allowed really intricate patterns to be woven. We have a finest collection in Australia of these floral jacquard fabrics in all the classical French Louis colours such as teal, cream, red and gold. Some of our unique jacquard fabrics contain fruit, flowers and birds. These floral french fabrics with their embroidered look are perfect for a sophisticated classic French salon interior.

Our unique range of jacquard fabric from Italy is the finest floral fabric in Australia. Come into our showroom to see the full fabric range.

French toile de Jouy

Another typical French printed fabric is the French Jouy prints, usually printed on cotton or linen. The name comes from the French town of Jouy near Versailles where these were first printed in 1760. These prints feature landscapes and figures in bucolic settings, and they sometimes also feature an artist’s impression of exotic countries and their inhabitants.
There is an undeniable charm about them that gives that quintessential French country quality to any room setting. They are perfect for french bedrooms, country salons and children’s rooms.

See furniture upholstered with toile.

Toile is a joyful fabric that lights up any room. Its pattern is a beautiful focal point, its background is fresh and light 

The elegance of the Louis XVI fabrics

During the Louis XVI period the neoclassical motifs of ancient Greece and Rome were brought to life again. The Louis style has by many been considered the epitome of elegance, which developed as a reaction to the elaborate styles that preceded it. With its more geometrical classical elements, restrained laurel motifs and fine lines, it elevates any décor to a refined sophistication while still giving it that light French touch. Louis French fabric in Versailles style if truly stunning.

We hold the finest selection of silk fabric in Australia 

French linens

Almost a story from rags to riches, the humble french linen has made a resurgence into the luxury interior. Offered now either as plain or embroidered, or even with a damask pattern, its slightly coarse texture has appealed to desire for a more natural and ecological sensitivity. Some are finely woven in a myriad of colours while others have thick and softened fibres that have a great textural feel.
Using a plain grey linen on say a gilded Louis XVI armchair creates a wonderful, dynamic contrast that highlights the elegance of one and the earthiness of the other.

This new French linen with an embroidered floral painted also comes in blue, and beige floral pattern. It offers the best of linen and floral embroidered. 

See our armchair range to see our french linens and other classic french upholstery fabrics can be used in a variety of ways

English country fabrics & Embroidered fabrics

Though rivals in many areas, the English fabrics have been very popular in French interiors, and one cannot exclude them when talking about French interiors. The English love of gardens has motivated them to create great floral fabrics. The regency stripe fabrics have also been a great success in elegant classical interiors.

Embroidered fabrics

Come in many different looks and styles. See more embroidered fabrics here.

Hand painted fabrics

There are times and special rooms that warrant a totally unique fabric designed especially for that project. That is why we now provide a hand painted fabric service, where we develop a unique design and colour scheme and then hand paint it on a neutral fabric base. This really allows us to create a perfect match and bring an artistic quality to a sofa, chair or curtain. Though time consuming this process is surprisingly good value when compared to many high-end fabrics. . We can also use modern print technology to have a roll of fabric printed. This means your upholstery fabric can truly be unique.

How we design with French fabrics

We then refine this and compare it with all the other decorative elements, colours and textures in that room, gradually coming to a range that works all together with the wall colours, floors, rugs and wall art, so that each element speaks to each other harmoniously. Fabrics are often the connective element in an interior that brings it together as whole.

Fabrics are often the connective element in an interior that brings it together as whole.