Silk damask is characterized by a background of lustrous fabric against which raised designs appear. Many pieces of antique upholstered furniture are covered in damask fabric, which is how many consumers become acquainted with this fabric. The weaving style originated in asia, spread across the middle east, and reached into europe thanks to the efforts of traders like marco polo.
The patterns used in damask are often geometric or botanical in theme, although the pattern may also integrate animals or simple scenes. Damask is a type of textile closely associated with drapes, tablecloths, cloth wallpapering and upholstery. It has also historically been used to make jackets and other heavy outer garments.