Turkish Home Textiles:
The unsung heroes and heroines behind Design & Fashion
Turkey is a country with a quickly developing home textiles sector, and home textiles designers assure us that Turks follow trends in home textiles more closely than ever. But who are these designers? Why do we not know these hidden talents, whose abilities bring us chic designs in everything from aprons to the comforter covers under which we sleep?
Imagine a room filled with all manner of colorful pens, countless samples of fabric, fashion magazines, color discs, and piles and piles of sketched designs. In the room is a young designer who has clearly thrown all his energy into his work. He has been paging through newspapers and magazines since the morning; these are publications, which do not just contain fashion news, but also economics, politics, etc. The young man explains: “As a good designer, one begins to pick up a sense of global trends before they even arrive in your country. These are the things that make the foundation for the future, and also nourish us. So a good designer really needs to be aware of what is going on in the world.”
The person described above might seem to you to be like a famous clothing designer, one you might have even heard of before. It might not even occur to you that this young man is a designer of home textiles. In fact, his name is Cenk Mommarje, and he has designed many items you might find in your own home, including bathrobes, towels, comforter covers and bedspreads. But how can it be that we have never heard of him, despite so much designing success? Perhaps this wouldn't be as surprising if home textiles were less popular than they are now; some brands come out with whole new lines of functional but chic home textile items every season.
This being the case, we wanted to find out more about these unseen heroes of home and hearth, the people behind the designs of the items that surround us in our homes. We decided to find out if it was the personal choice of these designers to sketch their ideas and then move into the background, or if perhaps the fashion sector itself is thankless towards designers.