Affordable art: Textiles as art

Filling your home with lovely art shouldn’t cost you a fortune, so I’m running this Affordable Art series where I talk about economical ways to personalise your walls. The first post in the series was about Art Calendars, and for this second post, I’m talking about using textiles as art.

Have you seen a pretty fabric you love but can’t think of where to use it in your home? Hang it on your wall!

Marimekko fabric as art
A painterly Marimekko fabric turned into hanging art by Anu from Nalle’s House
Framed fabric.jpg
@michellematangi on Instagram framed this stunning fabric for her bedroom
St Frank fabrics as art gallery.jpg
A gallery of beautiful framed fabrics is such a great alternative to prints! Image: St Frank

Many tea towels have fantastic arty designs and really feel too gorgeous to wipe dishes with. Considering that a tea towel is usually priced between £8-£12, that is incredible value for a great sized piece of art. You can usually use economical standard sized frames: either 50x70cm or A1 size with a custom mount, or make an easy hanging kit with wooden dowels and string.

There are countless designs of tea towels with themes of kitchen art, bar art, typography, bold graphics, animals, dinosaurs, sea life, humour, romance, maps, architecture, gardening, icons of the past or present… the list is endless! So if there’s a room in your home where you want seriously affordable art, look for tea towels! If the same design is available as a print on art paper, it’ll definitely be a lot more expensive! I’d get the tea towel :-).

Framed Tea Towels by Bianca French For Pineapple
How chic do these framed graphic tea towels look as part of a black and white gallery in the living room of Bianca of French for Pineapple?

The intro in this magazine article says it all really –

Framed scarf from Martha Stewart Living.jpg
Image: Martha Stewart Living

If you’ve inherited a gorgeous vintage scarf, or scored a pretty one in a charity shop, or even nabbed one with a modern painterly or bold graphic design in a sale, it might just be the perfect accessory for your wall… if you don’t plan to wear it, that is.

Framed scarf - bedroom.jpg
Image: The Design Chaser
Framed orange Hermes scarf above bar
Image: Elements of Style

Have you used a textile as art? Or framed anything else that’s unexpected? I’d love to hear your ideas!


  1. 10 April 2017 / 11:08 pm

    I haven’t done this though this post has given me food for thought – these all look fabulous. That Marimekko 😍. I’m loving this series Meera. Thanks for sharing. xx

    • Meera
      11 April 2017 / 1:10 pm

      I wanted a bit of that Marimekko fabric as soon as I saw the image, but unfortunately it seems to be sold out everywhere (unsurprisingly). Chuffed to hear you’re enjoying these posts, Fiona, thank you very much! xx

  2. lifeacrossthesevenseas
    11 April 2017 / 3:34 am

    This is a great idea Meera! Didnt think of this before so thank you for sharing! All the creative ideas of using beautiful fabric presented in your post are awesome! Great post!

    • Meera
      11 April 2017 / 1:11 pm

      So happy to hear you’ve found this post inspiring, Nupur! Thank you for your lovely comment xx

  3. Cynthia van der Putten
    18 October 2017 / 9:27 am

    I have framed a tshirt of a concert I went to (The Eagles). It looks really nice and whenever I look at it I get that same happy feeling I had when I was actually at the concert.

    • Meera
      19 October 2017 / 9:44 pm

      That’s a lovely idea, Cynthia! And all the better for the emotion and memory it evokes 🙂 xx

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