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Mid-Century Modern Collection Category Description:


Mid-Century modern is an architectural, interior and product design form that generally describes post-war developments in modern design from roughly 1946 to 1965. And our Mid-Century modern fabrics are among the elite of designer fabrics. Our vintage fabric patterns are the masterpieces of such modern design pioneers as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Verner Panton & Alexander Girard. These talented artists of the twentieth century didn't work on canvas or at the keyboard. Instead they chose fabric as their expressive medium. Here at J&O Fabrics you can find the works these artists,  and many others right at your fingertips.

At J&O, we carry selected designs by Alexander Girard such as Checker, Quatrefoil and Mikado. From the galleries of Charles and Ray Eames, you can choose from the Circles, Crosspatch, Sea Thing and Small Dot patterns in various colors. You could have the look of George Nelson's Pavement pattern in your home in any one of eight colors. Verner Panton's patterns are also available for you to decorate your home with. Try his Geometric or Optik patterns to modernize your place.

The mid-century era was a wonderful period when Herman Miller and Knoll were producing amazing designs that now have become collector's items. A new generation of designers is embracing the styles of the early postwar era and the trend toward revivals and adaptations of furnishings & upholstery from the 1950s to 1970s has been on the rise. 

Give your old antique furnishings an upholstered facelift of your own with these fabulous prints & patterns. Bring a creative twist to your modern day home décor with a selection or two from an era that never goes out of style. All available right here at J&O.


Our Mid-Century Modern fabrics offer unique and artistic 54” prints to fashion and decorate your living space with.  Each design is printed on a variation of cotton, nylon, rayon or poly blends enhancing the performance and improving the aesthetic qualities of each fabric. The fibers are selected and blended in certain proportions so the fabric will retain the best characteristics of each fiber making them great for upholstering your chairs, draping your windows, creating slip covers or even handbags. Many come with a Teflon finish and an acrylic backing forming an invisible shield around each fiber to protect against spills, stains, moths, mildew and shrinkage.



Even though you may never have to worry about stain removal on your Mid-Century Modern Decorative fabrics, here are some tips for quick & efficient cleaning.

  •       Treat stains promptly. Fresh stains are easier to remove than old ones. If the stain is on a non-washable fabric, take it to the dry cleaner as soon as possible and describe the nature of the stain and the fiber content of the garment.

  •       Read and carefully follow package directions when using any stain removal product.

  •      Always test stain removers on an inside seam or other hidden part of the garment for color fastness. To test, apply product and let stand 2-5 minutes, then rinse. If the color changes, do not use product on fabric.

  •       When treating, place stained area face down on a clean paper towel or white cloth. Apply stain remover to the underside of the stain forcing the stain off of the fabric surface instead of through it.

  • Never put chemical dry cleaning solution directly into the washer.Thoroughly rinse and air dry areas treated with dry cleaning solvents BEFORE placing into the washer to avoid a fire.
  • Do not mix stain removal products together. Some mixtures such as ammonia and chlorine bleach can produce noxious fumes. Always launder washable items after treating to remove residues of the stain and the stain remover solution itself.
  •  Have patience. It takes a little extra time and effort to remove some stains. Remember, some stains can simply not be removed.

For your Mid-Century Modern upholstery prints, here are some suggestions for proper cleaning:


  • Treat spills and stains IMMEDIATELY. The longer a spot remains, the more difficult it is to remove.

  • Always pretest fabric in an out-of-the way area to guard against color transfer or color changes.
  • Do not over wet. Blot frequently . Do not rub or brush. Work from outer edge of spot toward the center to prevent rings.
  • After stain is removed with clear water, then absorb all the moisture with white towels. Place a thick layer of towels over the wet area and weight with heavy object. Place aluminum foil between towels and weight to prevent transfer of color from weight. Check periodically, rewet and change if toweling is stained.



·         Before storing your Mid-Century Modern Decorative fabrics for an extended period of time, it is important to have them properly laundered to prevent dust, soil and stains from attracting critters. Furthermore, avoid storing your decorative fabrics in attics or basements; these places tend to be vulnerable to mold, mildew, insects and other threats. The best location in your home for decorative storage is a cool, dry room. If using a closet, make sure there is sufficient air circulation to prevent mold growth. Always store your fabrics out of direct sunlight.

·         Your Mid-Century Modern Decorative fabrics can be stored in bags of linen, cotton or muslin. Do not use plastic bags, cedar chests or cardboard boxes for storage. Fumes from polyurethane foam, cedar closets and acids in unvarnished wood and cardboard can damage your dress fabrics. Acid free tissue paper can also be employed. If possible, store your dress fabrics rolled rather than folded to prevent difficult to remove creases from forming. If folding the fabrics is your only option, try to remove the fabric and refold it regularly to prevent permanent creasing.


* The above information is intended to aid our customers in their fabric projects. These suggestions are based on manufacturer's recommendations and customer insights. The above statements are not intended to be understood as unequivocal or applicable to every circumstance. Therefore, J&O Fabrics is not responsible for the results of the implementation of these cleaning
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