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Anni Albers Fabric Category Description:

Anni Albers was one of the many famous students of the Bauhaus art school that operated in Weimar, Germany from 1919 to 1933. In 1925, Anni married Josef Albers, and together they would become one of the most prominent couples at the Bauhaus. During their time at the institution, the faculty also included Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.

It was at the Bauhaus that Albers began her exploration of textiles, especially their light reflection, durability and sound absorption. After moving on the Black Mountain College in North Carolina, Albers textile work garnered considerable attention in the United States, culminating in a show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1949.

Albers' work continued to receive attention and acclaim throughout the rest of her life. Her last two decades saw her reputation as one of the foremost textile artists cemented with various honorary doctorates and an American Craft Council Gold Medal in 1980. Albers' continued to travel and work until her death in 1994.

Chenille Stripe is one of Anni Albers' most famous textile works. Designed in 1946, this decorator fabric has a design of chenille stripes over a polyester tricot backing.

Chenille Stripe fabric has so many possibilities... draperies, wall hangings, seat cushions, pillows, lampshades, slipcovers and table covers are just a few of the items that can be made from this designer fabric.

J&O's selection of Anni Albers' perpetually modern Chenille Stripe design is the perfect starting point for your decorative projects.

  • Backing: Polyester tricot

  • Lightfastness: 40+ hours

  • Durability: 40,000+ double rubs

  • Flammability: This textile meets all appropriate flammability requirements, including California Bulletin #117, and is compatible with California Bulletin #133.

  • Cleaning Code: S-Clean with mild, water-free dry cleaning solvent.

Regular Maintenance for Your Anni Albers Fabric (The following recommendations are from the Maharam web site)

For regular maintenance use the proper attachment to avoid pilling. Professionally clean as needed.

Treating Stains

  • Clean with mild, pure, water-free dry cleaning solvents only.

  • Soak up any excess moisture immediately with a clean, soft, white cloth.

  • For oil and water-based stains: Dampen a clean, soft, white cloth with water-free dry cleaning solvent – do not over saturate. Gentlyblot the stain. Work from the edge of the stain toward the center, rotating the cloth once an area becomes soiled. Repeat the process until the stain is removed and no longer transfers to the cloth.

  • For insoluble stains (e.g. chewing gum, candle wax, etc.): Use a plastic bag filled with ice to rub the stain until the substance becomes brittle. Use a clean, dull, flat knife to gently remove the substance.

  • Allow the textile to dry thoroughly. Vacuum before using.

General Recommendations

  • Treat stains promptly; the longer a stain remains on the textile, the more difficult it will be to remove.

  • Always pre-test any cleaning method on an inconspicuous area.

  • Several light applications of a cleaning agent are less harmful than a single concentrated application; repeat stain treatment several times if necessary.

  • Never use heat to clean textiles; heat can set stains.

  • A professional furniture cleaning service is recommended.


The information above is a guide to help in the maintenance of upholstery textiles. Maharam can neither guarantee, nor take responsibility for specific results.

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