The Olympics aren’t the only game in town. Savvy fans of Milan-based textile designer (and friend of COVER – see her profile in the Summer 2012 issue) Idarica Gazzoni played her summer 2012 game. She asked her website fans to vote for their favorite textiles from her Arjumand collection. The results are in, and if you were lucky enough to vote, you will receive a sample of one of the winning textiles in September. That’s what we at COVER call “going for gold” and winning!

The voting categories were “Warm”, “Cool” and “Neutral”.

“Warm” winners are Miao Beauty in linen, Beautiful Knot in Tussah silk, and Herringbone in linen.

The “Cool” winner is Herringbone in linen.

“Neutral” winner is Italy XVII in Tussah silk.

Herringbone won in two categories, and this perennial favorite deserves a line or two of description. Although the terms Herringbone and Chevron are often used interchangeably, they are two different patterns. The distinction is easy. Herringbone is staggered and Chevron is a joined up “zig zag”. Apartment Therapy has a good description of the two using parquet floors as the case study. The chevron dates back thousands of years and is found in architecture, textiles and pottery. DJ

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