Damask is a reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibers, with a pattern formed by weaving.

 Italian silk polychrome damasks, 14th century.

 antique and modern damask patterns

Damasks used one of the five basic weaving techniques of the Byzantine and Islamic weaving centres of the early Middle Ages, and derive their name from the city of Damascus, which at the time was a large city active in both trading and manufacture. Damasks were scarce after the ninth century outside of Islamic Spain, but were revived in some places in the thirteenth century.

 The word "damask" is first seen in a Western European language in the mid-14th century in French.By the fourteenth century, damasks were being woven on draw looms in Italy. From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, most damasks were woven in a single colour, with a glossy warp-faced satin pattern against a duller ground. Two-colour damasks had contrasting colour warps and wefts, and polychrome damasks added gold and other metallic threads or additional colors as supplemental brocading wefts. Medieval damasks were usually woven in silk, but wool and linen damasks were also woven.

Damask patterns are very fashionable nowadays:

Victorian Damask Vinyl Wall Decal by Empire City Studios


 Handmade pillow/cushion on natural linen by chocolatecreative


 Vintage Bunny Damask Ruffle Dress by LilMissMuffin


Interesting magazines for digital artists

Somerset Digital Studio showcases some of the best digitally-created artwork from around the world, including scrapbook pages, ATCs, collages, and much more. Whether you're new to the world of digital artwork or are an experienced veteran, you'll find pieces to spark your creativity in this eagerly-anticipated, 144-page issue.

 Somerset Digital Studio is published semi-annually in March and September


You can buy a copy of the magazine online at http://somersetdigitalstudio.com/


Digital Arts - comprehensive coverage of the art of graphic design, 3D, animation, video, effects, web and interactive design, in print and online.

If you want to buy single issues of Digital Arts or take out subscriptions to the magazine, the Web site or the digital edition of Digital Arts,  

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Digital Arts Magazine is a professional level consumer publication covering the full spectrum of creative design and the surrounding technologies....
Digital Arts has a circulation of 15,118. 

Digital Artist is the perfect magazine for anyone who uses their computer as a canvas. It is the only community-focussed magazine to cover all art styles and all art software, making each issue a medley of breathtaking images to inspire you to create your own.

Digital Artist works on two levels. On a practical level, it has tutorials and guides. These show you how to re-create an image and learn a specific skill, whether it’s how to use a particular piece of software, or how to paint a certain effect. The magazine also has an extensive Q&A section, including a dedicated area to teaching fundamental art theory such as composition, perspective and tonal values. Whatever your skill level, you will plenty of new ideas to try.  

On another level, Digital Artist is an inspirational title that celebrates the digital art community. It reports on new artists and the projects they are working on, in addition to including interviews, features and galleries to show the diverse range of work being produced. 

Each issue also comes with a free CD that is packed with digital art resources, such as video tutorials, brushes, papers and reference photos.