Chintz, emerging from India in the 16th century, is a medium-weight plain weave cotton fabric, given a polished or glazed finish, often referred to as “polished cotton.” Traditional chintz fabrics are printed with large designs and used for home drapes and upholstery. It is often printed with large, multicolored flowers. However, it may also be dyed a solid color or printed with geometric designs such as dots and stripes.

In the 1960s, First Lady Jackie Kennedy introduced chintz to the White House, and again in the 1980s and First Lady Nancy Reagan incorporated it in her own revamp of the White House interiors. Given our current renewed interest in British maximalism and the advent of “grandmillennial” style a few years ago, chintz has once again become an interior design stronghold—and doesn’t seem to be on its way out anytime soon. 

Currently Grandmillennial, vintage, and cottagecore has shown a renewed interest in favoring chintz. They are also being layered with ikats, cut velvets, and textures for a more updated, traditional room or used more as an accent, rather than the focus of a room.