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March 30, 2016


Alabama’s Mary Catherine Folmar is known for her custom textiles, often described as fresh, bold, and Chinoiserie chic.

The company: Cotton + Quill, founded in 2012, is based in Birmingham.

Founder & background
: An Alabama native, Folmar graduated from Auburn University’s College of Architecture Design & Construction with a degree in industrial design. She interned for Johnson & Johnson as a point of purchase/display, packaging and product designer and then worked for Sky Design in Atlanta as an environmental graphic designer, where she became interested in designing her own wall covering.

Main goods: Fabric by the yard, wallpaper, trim and custom soft goods, including pillows, drapes, bedding and tabletop pieces.

What’s popular: Probably the Shishi pattern (better known as the foo dogs), which ranges from $117 to $137 per yard. Pillows in the pattern start at $180. Also the Koi pattern, a Chinoiserie-style design, available both in fabric and metallic grass cloth.

Other favorites: The Copacabana collection, which features bold tropical prints, and is available by the yard as fabric or wallpaper. Also the fun Elsie pattern, featuring a variety of whippets and the collaboration with Savannah’s Emily McCarthy. Bold and playful, her Spot Cheetah print is wildly popular.

Fun request: Ask to design bags for the Country Living Fairs in 2015.

Where to buy: In Atlanta, at Steve McKenzie’s, 999 Brady Ave. ( In Alabama, at the company’s new flagship store in Mountain Brook. For information, visit,




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