Carolina Irving, former Design Editor at House and Garden, has always been obsessed
with fabrics, colors and textures. In 2006 she achieved her heart’s desire, founding her own textile design atelier.
Born in the United States, to Venezuelan parents, and educated in Paris, Carolina studied art history and archeology at the Ecole du Louvre. She specialized in 17th Century Italian art and began her never-ending fascination with design and antique textile documents. “I particularly like fabrics that are easy to live with, look handmade, slightly old and colors that are not jarring, but never beige…I’m not a beige person!”
Traveling has always been a vital part of her life and she absorbs art history and the decorative arts wherever she goes. She is most inspired by these travels and especially is stimulated while traveling to India and the Middle East. Going to museums around the world she finds particularly motivating and fills her with ideas without end.
Carolina’s premier collection features old-fashioned colors that look vegetable–dyed and hand-printed, while having great depth. The collection includes several multi-colored designs, many others printed in single colors both in large and small patterns that all work together and are meant to be mixed.
In her first year, Carolina’s textiles have been featured in Domino Magazine, House Beautiful, and in upcoming editions of British Vogue, Traditional Home Magazine and Florida Inside Out Magazine.
Carolina’s textiles are available in New York through the John Rosselli & Associates showroom, in Los Angeles at Peter Dunhams’ Hollywood at Home, in London at Tissus d’Helene, and in Australia through Diane Bergeron Interiors.
Carolina in her Manhattan apartment photographed by Francois Halard for Vogue
Profile photo by Sean Fader