Our expert, Celia Rufey, answers your interior design questions and decorating dilemmas
ARE ANY WOVEN TEXTILES REVERSIBLE?
Some fabrics are designed to be reversible and others just happen to be. Mark Alexander, 01623 750005, markalexander.com, offers both in its neutral linens, 144cm wide, including Akata Reversible, a jacquard with graphic markings, £125m; semi-sheer Cypress with a paisley motif, £74m; and chevron Calima, £125m. Another lightweight reversible linen with subtle colour is Dana, double width at 314cm, £113m, Osborne & Little, 020 8812 3123, osborneandlittle.com.
For stronger colour, try Inez linen, 292cm wide, £100m, Romo, 01623 756699, romo.com. For pattern, colour and drape, Dragonfly, 132cm wide, £235m, is one of several designs in the Demure Drama collection by de Le Cuona, 020 7584 7677, delecuona.com, that deliver impact whichever side is viewed. Many wool checks and plaids, such as Rannoch and Lomond, from £60m, The Isle Mill, 01738 609090,
islemill.com, look the same front and back, as do most plain linens, wools and felts. Whichever fabric you choose, you may need to border the edges and hem the bottom for a neat finish. Can you suggest a fabric to hang unlined with an eyelet heading? JB, Wetherby, West Yorkshire.