Decorating homes with green is a trend with ancient origins: in the mid-19th century, it was one of the most popular colors, both for home interiors and for clothing. Since it immediately recalls nature, it has always been a color that evokes a feeling of peace. But its history hides details that are anything but reassuring.

The history of the color green

Green was used by the ancient Egyptians as early as 5,000 years ago. It represented the lush vegetation and the fertility of the Nile. Osiris, one of the main gods of their religion, was often depicted with green skin to symbolize rebirth and fertility. In fact, after being killed by his brother, he had risen again thanks to his wife Isis. To make the color green, pigments such as malachite, verdigris, and Egyptian green were used. Malachite was a green mineral rich in copper that was pulverized and used as a pigment for painting. Verdigris was a compound of copper acetate, obtained by corrosion of the metal, while Egyptian green was a mixture of malachite, azurite, and other minerals prepared synthetically.

The symbology of the color green related to fertility was revived in the Middle Ages. In Jan van Eyck’s Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Arnolfini (1434-1435), the woman depicted is not pregnant, as it might appear because of the shape of her dress, but was depicted in that position and with a green gown as a kind of propitiatory rite for numerous offspring. Even at that time, green was obtained mainly from mineral pigments, such as malachite or azurite.

The real turning point occurred in the Victorian era, however, with the appearance of Scheele’s green, developed by Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1775. The innovative dye mixture was immediately an extraordinary success because it was a very intense and lightfast color. Used in painting, fabric dyeing, wallpaper staining, and everyday objects, it had one major problem: it contained arsenic, a highly toxic substance. So, did another pigment, Paris green, with which Impressionist painters fell in love during the 19th century, but toxic because it consisted of arsenic and lead. Both were gradually discontinued, but many artists and craftsmen suffered health problems from exposure to these toxic pigments, especially before the adoption of labor and product safety laws and regulations.

Green home decor: trends through the centuries

Other than in the Victorian era, green was also a popular color for home decor during the Art Nouveau period in the late 19th century. This style was characterized by a great love of nature, from which it drew inspiration. Soft and delicate colors, particularly green in pastel green, teal, and mint green shades, were the most popular choices for illustrations, furniture – such as armchairs, sofas, and lamps – wallpapers, stained glass window decorations, and for textiles.

Green made a comeback in home decor in the 1970s, with the explosion of bright pop art colors and the creation of some iconic design objects. One above all: Gufram’s Cactus coat rack in emerald green – a color no longer produced today.

More recently, increased environmental awareness has led to a rebirth of this color’s popularity: thus, homes have become populated not only with plants but also with green textile elements in the most diverse shades that evoke nature, balance, serenity, and freshness. And the shades that green offers for furnishing fabrics are indeed many: here are those in our catalog.

Green furnishing fabrics: some tips for choosing the right shade

Fabrics in shades of green can be used in home decor for curtains, sofas, armchairs, chairs, and cushions. Cool shades of green, with a predominance of blue, are perfect for creating a fresh and bright ambiance, while warmer shades, with a greater presence of yellow, are suitable for a more intimate and cozier atmosphere. The wide range of green shades in our catalog offers a variety of possibilities for combination and use:


  • emerald green is an intense and luxurious shade of green, often associated with jewelry and precious stones, which pairs masterfully with shades such as gold or copper, creating elegant and sophisticated interiors;
  • jade and baltico green shades, muted and soothing, are very versatile and can be used to create calm and harmonious settings;
  • stronger and more vibrant are the ivy and green variants, ideal for creating a lively and joyful atmosphere that invites relaxation and recreation;
  • mint green is a fresh and bold shade that can add energy and vitality to the decor;
  • antique green has a slight shade of brown or gray that gives it an antiqued look and lends a touch of elegance and sophistication to rooms, for a classic or vintage style, but it can also be used in combination with more modern styles to create a contrasting effect;
  • olive green is a warm and relaxing shade that brings to mind nature and tranquility, very versatile, and which can be used to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere;
  • green fabrics depicting plants and animals immediately evoke nature and a feeling of peace, while animalier fabrics in green look distinctly exotic.


Velluto Ardis baltico | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Ardis – Baltico
Velluto Bestiario baltico 659-3339 | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Bestiario – Baltico
Velluto Caccia baltico 659-3349D | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Caccia – Baltico
Velluto Casa Bianca 659-39372D baltico | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Casa Bianca – Baltico
Velluto Da Vinci baltico | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Da Vinci – Baltico
Velluto Griglia baltico | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Griglia – Baltico
Velluto Onda 659-3739 baltico | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Onda – Baltico
Palmyra baltico | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Palmyra – Baltico
Velluto Radica baltico | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Radica – Baltico
Velluto Senatori baltico | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Senatori – Baltico
Velluto Unito baltico 659-3800 | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Unito – Baltico
Velluto Zig Zag baltico | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Zig Zag – Baltico

Animal Velvets

Velluto Animale Coccodrillo 099-3886 verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Coccodrillo – Olive Green
Velluto Leopardo Baltico 659-440 | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Leopardo – Baltico
Velluto animale Leopardo 443-440 verde shiné | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Leopardo – green shiné
Velluto Tagliato Tartaruga 093 | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Tartaruga – Baltico
Velluto Tigre Baltico 659-441 | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Tigre – Baltico
Velluto Tigre 443-441 verde shiné | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Tigre – Green Shiné

Multicoloured Velvets

Velluto Fioroni 030-30771 fondo avorio multicolore verde dettaglio | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Fioroni – green multicolour ivory ground
Velluto Fioroni 031-30771 fondo champagne multicolore verde | Tessiture Bevilacqua
fioroni – green multicolour champagne ground
Velluto Multicolore Fresie 020-3160 fondo avorio multicolore verde | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Fresie – green multicolour ivory ground
Velluto Multicolore Fresie 021-3160 fondo champagne multicolore verde | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Fresie – green multicolour champagne ground
Velluto Grottesche verde oro | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Grottesche – green antique gold

Heddle Velvets

Velluto Caccia 059-3349 verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Caccia – Olive Green
Velluto bacchetta Ca' d'Oro 359-3283S verde oliva | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Ca’ d’Oro- Olive Green
Velluto Cardi 079-3335 verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Cardi – Olive Green
Velluto Da Vinci 349-39243
Da Vinci – Olive Green
Velluto Fiere 069-3973 verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Fiere – Olive Green
Velluto Goteborg 005-34030 verde-beige chiaro | Tessitura Bevilacqua
GOTEBORG – green – light beige
Velluto bacchetta Gotico 339-3945S verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Gotico – Olive Green
Velluto Griglia 109-3162 verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Griglia – Olive Green
Velluto Lancé 019-3370 verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Lancé – Olive Green
Velluto Righe Piccole 119-824-1 verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Righe Piccole – Olive Green
Velluto bacchetta Rinascimento 209-39361S verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Rinascimento- Olive Green
Velluto Senatori 089-3970 verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Senatori – Olive Green
Velluto Taccheggiato 349-3946 verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Taccheggiato – olive green
Velluto bacchetta Torcello 139-3940S verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Torcello – Olive Green


Damasco 31089 autunno | Tessitura Bevilacqua
“31089 R” Craquelé – Autunno
Damasco 31089 edera | Tessitura Bevilacqua
“31089 R” Craquelé – Edera
Damasco Craquelé 108-31089R smeraldo | Tessiture Bevilacqua
“31089 R” Craquelé – Emerald
Velluto bacchetta Rinascimento 209-39361S verde oliva | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Bizar – Emerald
Damasco Fenice 168-31061 smeraldo | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Fenice – Emerald
Damasco Giardino Craquele 33077 verde-oro | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Damasco Giardino Craquele 33077 verde-oro | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Damasco Craquelé Giardino 168-33077 smeraldo-oro | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Damasco Termidoro 088-3691 smeraldo-beige | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Termidoro – Smeraldo – Beige


Broccatello Acanto verde 110-34895 | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Acanto – Green
Broccatello Acanto verde oliva 111-34895 | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Acanto – Olive Green
Damasco Craquelé Giardino 168-33077 smeraldo-oro | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Fiere – Emerald
Broccatello Giardino verde antico 111-34248 | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Giardino – Antique Green
Broccatello Griccia verde antico 111-34293 | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Griccia – Antique Green
Broccatello Grottesche verde antico 111-34135 | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Grottesche- Antique Green
Broccatello Sagredo giada | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Sagredo – Jade
Broccatello Sagredo verde oro | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Sagredo – Green


Raso Goffrato 098-277 giada | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Goffrato – Jade
Raso Goffrato 058-277 smeraldo | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Goffrato – Emerald
Raso Goffrato 092-277 verde | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Goffrato – Green
Raso Unito 098-540 giada | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Unito – Jade
Raso Unito 248-540 smeraldo | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Unito – Emerald
Raso Unito 092-540 verde | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Unito – Green


Lampasso Bizar 178-3937 smeraldo lamé | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Bizar – Emerald
Lampasso Bizar 092-3937 verde | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Bizar – Green
Lampasso Broccato giada | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Broccato – Jade
Lampasso Broccato 048-35139 smeraldo | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Broccato – Emerald
Lampasso Maja verde 092-3923 | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Maja – Green
Lampasso Melograno giada 098-33990s corretta | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Melograno – Jade
Lampasso Maja verde 092-3923 | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Melograno – Emerald
Lampasso Paesaggio 098-39040 giada | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Paesaggio – Jade
Lampasso Paesaggio 092-39040 verde | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Paesaggio – Green
Lampasso Svezia autunno 182-3380 | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Svezia – Autunno
Lampasso Svezia giada 198-3380 | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Svezia – Jade
Lampasso Svezia 028-3380 smeraldo | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Svezia – Emerald
Lampasso Svezia verde 092-3380 | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Svezia – Green
Lampasso Three Crowns 098-3334 giada | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Three Crowns – Jade
Lampasso Tulipani 092-34040 verde | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Tulipani – Green
Lampasso Uccelli giada | Tessitura Bevilacqua
Uccelli – Jade
Lampasso Svezia verde 092-3380 | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Uccelli – Emerald
Lampasso Walls 092-34400 verde | Tessiture Bevilacqua
Walls – Green
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