Filled with patterned fabrics, this 1960s study’s boho decor was cozy & eclectic

Patterned fabrics, vintage study's boho decor
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This vintage study/guest bedroom/retreat was filled with a profusion of fabulous floral, paisley and other patterned fabrics.

Under a raised blue ceiling, this vintage study’s boho decor included at least eight different styles — and that’s not even to mention the designs featured on the area rugs on the floor.

When traders first brought Indian palampores or “chints” (later chintz) to seventeenth-century England, they became so popular for wallhangings, chair covers, and bed draperies that the textile precipitated an economic crisis, and was even briefly banned by Parliament in the “Calico Act.”

The ardent revival of “Moorish” or “Turkish” themes in the last decades of the nineteenth century culminated in the fashionable multipatterned, multicushioned “Turkish corner.”


A pair of divans and a profusion of contemporary India prints turned a small study in author and editor Mary Jane Pool’s New York apartment into an extremely useful and versatile Turquerie.

Seen here as the room looked in the mid-1960s, the fabric-covered wall-to-wall desk gave her an ample working surface for her favorite craft of decorating small boxes.

The divans were used for packing and gift wrapping, and she would often bring dinner guests here for after-dinner coffee.

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While there was ample lighting overhead, and from white and gold table lamps, a Moroccan-style stained glass lantern hung from the ceiling added a dash more flair.

Both the typically Arabesque arrangement of furniture along the walls, and the seeming infinity of small patterns, made the room seem much larger than it really was.

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