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Press Release – May 2014

U.S. and European Window Fabric Leaders Collaborate to Serve the Hospitality Industry


A fashion and climate forward partnership, announced today (May 8, 2014) by U.S. and European fabric leaders Fabtex and Coulisse, may forever change the way the hospitality industry thinks about window treatments in the 21st Century.

Fabtex, America’s largest fabricator of bedding and window treatments for the hospitality and healthcare industries, and  Coulisse, the Netherlands-based leader in  Euro window fashion, believe  their extensive selection of contemporary designer fabrics and natural wood finishes for window coverings soon will  become the hospitality industry standard.

Ready to supply industry needs, from the most basic to the most sophisticated installations, Fabtex and Coulisse are introducing their collaborative Fabtex/Coulisse Contract Collection at the 2014 Hospitality Design Expo, May 14-16, 12014, Mandalay Bay Conference Center, Las Vegas.

Panel Shades in a Hotel Room

Coulisse, under the partnership
terms, will design the Contract Collection shade fabrics and wood blinds and Fabtex will fabricate them in the U.S. and install them as the exclusive Coulisse U.S. hospitality distributor.

The collection contains fabrics in an extensive color palette suitable for roller blinds, vertical blinds and panel blinds.  The collection also will feature top-quality natural wood Venetian blinds and XL Pleat Blinds.

“Window decorations are more than just products, they are an expression of style and individuality.
We want to exceed the functional level in offering a new contemporary look so that shading can truly become an interior style element,” said Coulisse founder Christiaan Roetgering.

Fabtex, which also provides bedding and window treatments for healthcare and government, now offers both Coulisse and Pure Shade motorized window treatments, two of the most effective climate control product lines in the world.

Design Lobby Shading System

Hospitality and Design Expo 2014


Test drive the latest innovations from the hospitality industry’s textile manufacturing leader May 14-16 at the Fabtex Booth – 3211.

The Fabtex family of performance-driven companies is ready to show you innovative ways to give your property a lift, from break-through bedding and drapery designs to the most sophisticated European inspired shades.

Please join us at the 2014 Hospitality Design Conference, Mandalay Bay Conference Center.

Booth              3211
Phone              800-778-2791

Our new expanded FabriLux Collection of luxurious easy-care luxury fabrics is destined to be an industry classic. Take a look at our Nexus, Prestige, Genesis, Adagio, Trends and Essentials. They are beautiful and provide brilliant mix and match opportunities.

Shades are beyond trendy. The exciting variety of colors and textures now available in shades have made them the new design standards of the hospitality industry. Fabtex now offers Pure Shade manual and motorized roller shading systems.

While fabulous colors and textures are added annually to Fabtex products, our corporate commitment remains firmly planted in the color green.

Being a good steward of the textile industry and the world beyond are cornerstones of the Fabtex culture.

Join us as we continue our exciting 2014 journey at Mandalay Bay.

Lodging Hospitality, May 2012

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Back of the House – Innovation in Hotel Products and Services

Fabtex offers a range of guestroom bedding and drapery products made from its 100% polyester Prestige Fabrics. The company says the fabrics feature a subtle sheen that adds complexity to tone-on-tone patterns and colors and are suited for bed scarves, skirts, pillow shams, decorative pillows, window treatments and other accents.

Boutique Design, Nov-Dec 2011

Atlas antique satin fabrics have the look of silk with the performance of fire-retardant polyester. The 19-color collection may be used for bed skirts or scarves, draperies, window treatments and decorative pillows.

Hospitality Style, Fall 2011

Antique-satin Atlas is 100 percent flame-resistant polyester. The collection includes 27 colors in 54-in. widths. Suitable for bed scarves, bedskirts and decorative pillows.

Hotel Business Design, Jan-Feb 2011

Trend Report: Bedding & Linens

Get Comfortable

Bedding & linen manufacturers continue to raise the bar with more luxury, green products

By Stefani C. P’Connor

When guests pull back the covers on their hotel bed to sleep for the night, the comfort of the mattress, the quality of the linens and the overall sensation of being at rest-or lack thereof-will travel with them for much longer than the actual time spent between the sheets. Bedding and linen manufacturers are well aware of this and are eager to meet guest demands with their latest offerings.

“Quality and value are always important, but never more so than now,” said Cuddledown’s wholesale and hospitality manager, Michelle Harrison. “We’re seeing a trend away from the cotton/poly blends toward higher quality, 100% cotton fabrics.” Cuddledown’s products run the gamut from down comforters, pillows and featherbeds to European sheets, such as their 500-thread-count Italian Percale, made from double-ply, extra long staple Egyptian cotton. “Percale is the most breathable, yet durable fabric for sheets,” she said, noting that the satin stitching on the pillowcases, shams and flat sheets add a designer feel to the bed.

Attention to colors and patterns are also prevalent, according to Bill Friese, vice president of Fabtex, Inc. “The white bed has been a popular choice for many years, but it has also contributed to a certain look of sameness in hotel guestrooms. Hotels are looking to differentiate their guestrooms by creating a unique style and sense of ‘brand’ through the reintroduction of color and pattern,” he observed. To meet that need, the Genesis Bedding by Fabtex line creates a great deal of flexibility for either the designer or hotelier since it offers a broad selection of patterns and colors, many of which are reversible, enabling opportunities to mix and match.

Karen Nilles, hospitality product development manager for 1888 Mills, noted hotels often have to choose between durable bedding with limited color and design options. And high end, design-focused products that can be very expensive to maintain in commercial laundry settings. Her company’s trademarked Beyond Impressions decorative top sheet program eliminates the need to purchase a separate top sheet and bed scarf. “Beyond Impressions is a patent-pending, two-in-one concept that combines a traditional bed scarf and decorative top sheeting into one product. Using a colorfast technique. The bed scarf is printed directly onto the top cover which provides a significant cost savings,” she said. The Beyond Impressions line also incorporates trademarked JetSpun technology yarns that are considered abrasion resistant with the ability to last 100-plus washes in commercial laundering, according to the company.

With the lodging industry’s keen focus on sustainability, Deborah Herman, president of Fabric Innovations, feels bamboo bedding “has created an exciting shift in the hotel bedding marketplace, not only because of its contribution to ‘green’ hotel Initiatives, but also because of its softness and superior comfort. Bamboo is cool in summer and warm in winter. It feels like silk, but is naturally lightweight and very durable.”

The company’s new environmentally friendly bamboo bedding line is crafted exclusively from 100% Moso bamboo. Since bamboo is a highly sustainable crop, this can contribute to the earning of LEED points for hoteliers, Herman observed. “In addition, bamboo is naturally and permanently antibacterial, which helps keep the sheets fresh and clean smelling between washes.” she said.

Similarly, Portico Home + Spa has developed an organic cotton bedding program. “It is for hoteliers who would like to make more responsible purchasing decisions, while knowing that the products they use will be beautiful and comfortable,” said Portico president Gregg Haft The cotton used in the line is certified organic and the processing is certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which prohibits the use of toxic chemicals. “Sales of organic and sustainable bed and bath products, such as sheets, are growing rapidly with companies including Ralph Lauren, Land’s End and Target already selling an array of these items,” he added.

Mattress companies are equally aware of the environment. Sealy, for example, is utilizing wood that is certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Canadian Standard Association standards. Additionally, all of the steel products in Sealy sleep sets come from recycled steel and its foam supplier recycles all of its polyurethane scraps for use in the production of other consumer products.

The company’s new Encore Ultraplush mattress features five inches of comfort layers, including an extra inch of memory foam and its new Motion Stabilizzer provides greater structural integrity than standard foundations to improve durability in high-traffic hospitality environments. “By providing hotel customers products that they prefer, hotels will continue to see an increase in their business,” said Leo Vogel, director of global contract & export sales for Sealy, Inc. Sealy will also introduce a new Posturepedic collection this spring.

Meanwhile, Simmons’ zip-on, zip-off EverNU mattress top continues to meet hoteliers’ demands for a sustainable mattress product. Steve Tipton, VP, Simmons Hospitality Bedding, commented the product’s removable, replaceable and recyclable top “is perfect to sustain the life of the mat tress in the hotel for longer period and fits all of the segments of the hotel market for any owner that is interested in sustainability at zero cost impact.” He stated the product can reduce the investment in mattresses by more than 25%.

Cost-savings are one thing, but an optimal sleep experience for the guest remains paramount. United Feather & Down has introduced the Sleep for Success! By Dr. James B. Maas for Hospitality Collection inspired by Maas’ work in the field of sleep and performance. The collection offers fabric and fills that target moisture management and temperature regulation and have eco-friendly down alternative fills. Pillows are designed for side, back and stomach sleep positions to improve head, neck and spine alignment.

“Quality of sleep is one of the most important determining factors to guest satisfaction and delivering the kind of good night’s sleep that creates repeat guests and positive reviews goes far beyond the mattress and the decor. Investing in a better quality pillow, comforter and mattress pad is the simplest and most impactful way a hotel can differentiate itself,” said Stephen Palmer, United Feather & Down co-president.

And of course, the national news on bed bug infestations has driven another trend in bedding: prevention. In order to help hotels protect their investments in costly mattresses. Valley Forge Fabrics has developed mattress and boxspring encasements made of the company’s Tencei+Pius Lyecell with waterproof lamination. “The hotel bed uses the most fabric in the entire guestroom and is typically one of the largest investments made by the owner. It becomes a symbol of the brand and hoteliers should do everything they can to protect their beds while simultaneously protecting their brands,” said Ahmet Sapmaz, vp, strategic global business development for Valley Forge Fabrics. The face of Valley Forge encasements is made of Tencei+Plus Lyocell Eucalyptus, which is also anti-allergen and tested to eliminate dust mites.

Press Release – May 2009

Genesis Fabrics by Fabtex™

May, 2009
Bill Friese

genesis 1 logoFabtex has been an innovator in hospitality bed coverings and window treatments since 1986, making it easy for designers to create beautiful room designs with diverse bedding collections.   Genesis Fabrics by Fabtex™ represents a new dimension in fabrics for bed coverings and window treatments. With over 200 SKU’s, the collection features a broad selection of bold colors and patterns specifically designed and manufactured for hospitality use.

Laura & Bernadine

Patterns Shown: Laura and its coordinate Bernadine in 5 colorways each.

The fabrics are yarn dyed (versus printed) 100% FR polyester, providing an incredibly soft hand and a higher level of fabric sophistication and dimensionality. The fabrics have the look and feel of fine Italian textiles, without the premium price. The diverse patterns in the collection are available in five colorways, each with a complementary coordinate. And because the fabrics are woven, many patterns in the collection are reversible, enhancing the creative opportunities available to designers.

Hotels typically update bedding every 4-5 years and draperies every 7-8 years. This allows a hotel to keep up on current style and color trends, breathing new life into guest rooms at an affordable price. In this difficult economy, Fabtex recommends that hotels consider doing a “soft” renovation – updating their bedding and draperies to give the guest room a fresh look without the cost of a full renovation.

Fabtex is well positioned to save hotels money on bedding and drapery products. Their specially engineered 118” width fabrics enable the production of seamless bed coverings and draperies (instead of having to piece fabrics together). This saves costs in manufacturing and provides an enhanced appearance in finished products.

The entire Genesis Fabrics by Fabtex™ collection can be viewed, and samples can be ordered online on the Fabtex web site at

Fabtex is a leading fabricator of hospitality bed coverings and window treatments. Three production facilities strategically located across the U.S. allow Fabtex to efficiently measure, fabricate, deliver and install products for hotels worldwide. For more information, visit