Camira launches Sumi & Kyoto, a minimalist textile pairing inspired by Japanese artistry

Sumi & Kyoto join Camira’s collection of textiles to provide an elevated, elegantly refined aesthetic. Marrying the influence of Japanese culture with muted Scandi interiors to create an impeccably simple collection, Sumi & Kyoto are perfect for creating an oasis of calm in a chaotic time.

Woven from worsted wool, the two textiles have been crafted to work in harmony together, with Kyoto featuring a striated grid, created using an innovative printed yarn, and beautifully balanced by the simple hopsack weave of Sumi.

Designed for a multiplicity of applications, Sumi & Kyoto are certified for upholstery and vertical surfaces. As well as achieving over 200,000 Martindale abrasion cycles, they meet a wide array of key flammability standards – making these two textiles not only aesthetically versatile, but also functionally fluid.

Lynn Kingdon, Head of Creative at Camira, comments on the launch, “With this collection, we really sought to create a textile pairing that reflected the reduced aesthetics of the Scandinese movement; while perennially appealing, they have never felt more current than at this moment. Understated and elegantly refined, Sumi & Kyoto are truly perfect textiles for the new ‘less is more’ world we’re emerging into.

Woven using fine marl yarns, the natural materials and quality craftsmanship which go into the creation of these fabrics are perfectly in tune with the increasing consumer desire – and need – for sustainable products which are designed to stand the test of time.”

Available in a highly focused palette of six neutral shades each, the lightly textured mélange finish of Sumi and Kyoto is the ideal complement to this stripped back selection of gray and brown colorways.

Sumi & Kyoto will launch globally on October 26th 2020.


About Camira:

Camira are makers, designers and manufacturers of textiles, developing fabrics for the contract sector – including offices and schools, hotels, retail and hospitals – as well as for passenger transport on bus, coach and rail.

Camira is a privately-owned UK textile group founded in 1974 under the name Camborne Fabrics, but its heritage goes back to 1783 through various acquisitions. Until a management buy-out in 2006, the company was a subsidiary of Interface, an international manufacturer of textile modular floor coverings, for almost ten years. Today, Camira produces more than eight million yards of fabric annually and markets them in over 80 countries.

Headquartered in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, England. The company has manufacturing facilities in the UK and Lithuania, offices and showrooms in Europe, North America, Australia and China and a global network of account managers and specialist dealers.

Camira has received numerous awards to date. The company has won five prestigious Queen’s Awards, including the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development for the second time in 2015 and for International Trade in 2016.

The company has always been a pioneer of innovation when it comes to a sustainable understanding of textiles and has been producing recycled fabrics for 20 years, as well as a number of ranges using natural wool and bast fibers, such as nettle, hemp and flax.