Burlap Interior Design

Much as the enthusiastic Mr. Namkin or the dapper corporate icon Mr. Deburco wished it, burlap was not fated to become the next hot interior design fabric. As we all know, burlap was too closely associated with beatniks to be wholly respectable.

Article source: The Record (Hackensack, New Jersey) 01 Oct 1954, Fri Page 24

Article source: The Monroe News-Star (Monroe, Louisiana) 06 Mar 1962, Tue Page 12

Article source: The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin) 30 Jan 1960, Sat Page 6

     Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 08, 2022
     Category: Fads | Interior Decorating | Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers | 1950s

I seem to recall burlap being somewhat trendy in the 70s… but that’s because anything considered “casual” was in style.
Posted by Brian on 04/11/22 at 11:36 AM
It was considered a legitimate decor choice in the mid-1970s. My daughter's bedroom needed painting, but many layers of old wallpaper and seriously cracked plaster meant it'd practically be a renovation rather than a weekend honey-do. Burlap to the rescue! Spray adhesive, burlap in six colors, and screen molding to cover the seams. Daughter loved it (she was five, what did she know?), and it actually looked like a serious design choice. afaik, it's still there.
Posted by Phideaux on 04/11/22 at 01:27 PM
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