Silk vs. Chintz

Textile lamp shades

The long history of textile shades is closely linked to the electrification of light. Used as glare protection, from translucent to opaque, sometimes monochrome, sometimes with decorative patterns or particularly sophisticated woven structures, textiles are the most versatile material.
The continuous further development of textiles, but also the creative reinterpretation of the classic lampshade itself, thus enter into a symbiotic relationship that always picks up on current trends. We are convinced that the unsurpassed charm of the material lies in its cozy appearance.
Soft, flowing textures, hand-woven with small irregularities, create a natural, inviting character.This attractive contrast to smooth, technically monochrome surfaces adds a lively element to any room.

In addition to their aesthetic value, textile lampshades also offer practical advantages such as lightness and simple, cost-effective production, which can include individual wishes even for small quantities.
We use two types of textiles for filumen, which can be used as an option. Dupioni silk, a natural product with unsurpassed color intensity and an overall luxurious appearance, and chintz, a machine-made textile with very functional advantages that are ideally placed in the contract sector.

Dupioni Silk

Silk is a natural product obtained from the cocoons of silkworms. The production of this material dates back to the ancient Indus civilization along the northwestern Indian subcontinent, around 2800 to 1800 BC. Dupioni silk belongs to the mulberry silk family and is produced in India. It is obtained specifically from double cocoons from which the silkworm has already hatched. A warp thread made from raw silk and a dupioni weft thread are combined for the weaving process. This mixture gives dupioni silk its individual character.

The quality of this fine textile is quickly recognized. The color brilliance and texture of this fabric is second to none. An iridescent effect, which occurs with differently colored weft and warp threads, only enhances this graceful color spectacle. In all fabric processing industries, silk is regarded as the finest material and embodies quality and luxury like no other.

Dupioni Silk
Dupioni Silk

The processing of this natural fabric requires a high degree of skill and is only done by hand. We at filumen have relied on this magnificent material since our first collection, for luminaires in the private and contract sectors, when value and aesthetics set the decisive tone.


Chintz is a machine-made fabric made from natural fibers such as cotton or synthetic fibers such as polyester. The homogeneous, smooth texture is available in glossy and matt versions. We mainly use the matt version for our CYLSCUBIC and KONS collections. Consistent quality is guaranteed by machine production, which cannot be achieved with hand-woven fabrics.


Chintz is advantageous in the production of lampshades – prefabricated sandwich materials can be processed in a time-saving manner and therefore have a positive effect on pricing.
In addition, there are various qualifications that also fulfill strictly regulated specifications for public buildings – for example, chintz materials in B1 (flame-retardant) quality. We recommend this versatile material for luminaires in both the private and commercial sectors, with a clear requirement for functionality, where price factors must be taken into account.


The color selection is a real plus: A total of 22 carefully balanced shades of dupioni silk and chintz form the basis for accents or a play of nuances.

A set of CYLS DRUM pendant lamps in different colours above a large solid wooden table.

CYLS DRUM 46 in Silk



Are you looking for a very special colour for your project? Or maybe you’re thinking of a different texture? No problem! In addition to our collection fabrics with 22 shades of silk and chintz, there is always the option of a wider selection for specific projects. We will be happy to work creatively with you to find the perfect textile in your desired shade.

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cleaning & care

Our two standard textiles should always be cleaned dry. Use dust cloths to remove dust. Hand-held vacuum cleaners with a low setting and a gentle attachment are also helpful. The shade should be held firmly and vacuumed without applying pressure. Coarser dirt can be removed with adhesive tape in the direction of weaving. You can repeat this process several times. In the case of heavy stains, it is best to contact us or an appropriate specialist.

Collections: CYLS / CUBIC / KONS (only chintz)

Dubioni Silks

black #01
silver-grey #05
off-white #02
almond #24
champagne #06
turquoise #25
ochre #26
yellow #27
orange-gold #09
orange-red #10
cassis #04


coffee #20
anthracite #13
stonegrey #18
lightgrey #12
white #22
beige #14
mustard #23
kiwi #15
olive #21
flamingo #19
coral #17