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Carlos Mota's debut range of fabrics is a celebration of his favourite colour

Updated: Apr 29

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For his debut range of fabrics, all made in India, stylist and interior designer Carlos Mota brings out his signature flamboyance in a fun styling session, shot exclusively for AD, at the Kathiwada City House in Mumbai.

Everything that Carlos Mota does is touched by his unfettered love for colour. The stylist, taste-maker, and globe-trotting aesthete is known for injecting a certain joie de vivre in every space he imagines, a trait that he now seamlessly extends to his debut range of fabrics. While his love for

dazzling hues can be traced right back to his childhood spent in Venezuela—“We were constantly surrounded by jungles, beaches, mountains, birds, and orchids; it was impossible to not let colour become a part of my DNA,” he once told AD—his love for textiles was fanned by his travels.

“Fabrics—especially vintage, found textiles—became a big part of my life when

I began travelling, especially to countries like Morocco, India, Spain, and Portugal.

Whenever I’m in a new place, I try to find my way to the nearest flea market or

vintage store to discover local textiles,”says Mota.

While the idea for a range of fabrics had begun brewing a few years ago, it only

took root when Mota returned to his home in the Dominican Republic as the

world went into lockdown during the pandemic. When he began sketching his

first ideas for the collection, the former style editor for Architectural Digest gravitated

towards just one hue, which also happ-ened to be his favourite: verde. In many

ways, the colour green had been on Mota’s mind for a while. It appeared in an 18th-

century Portuguese tile he found in a friend’s apartment; it was used with great

abandon by French designer Madeleine Castaing, whose fabrics became a

springboard of inspiration for the collection; and it is also at the centre of Mota’s

upcoming book, titled G: Forever Green—to be published by Vendome Press in

September—a toast to the colour in its manifold manifestations: in nature,

food, fashion, jewellery, art, interiors, and architecture.

Echoing the cover of the book, curling tendrils of ivy and tessellated patterns

of fern fronds became the spotlight of the collection, simply titled Verde. At times,

sprays of floral patterns are neatly framed

by solid stripes—nods to one of his key

inspirations; Mota says, “Castaing loved

stripes, as do I.” In a meeting of mind and

matter, his sketches for the patterns were

fuelled by his daily rituals, as he tended to

his garden ever y day during the

lockdown. “At home for five months,

I got to observe my garden in all its

beauty—drenched in pouring rain, in

sharp sunlight, or in the dark of the

night,” says Mota. Soon, he called on two

of his friends: artist and designer Titina

Penzini, who turned Mota’s sketches into

luminous watercolours, and Neha

Malhotra of Raintree Design, who found

the perfect fabric and printer to bring the

collection to life.

Mota has already found new homes

for his textiles. He’s upholstered chairs

and cushions in his Dominican Republic

home — which he lovingly calls

Casamota—and used the verdant patterns

to create “a moment of green” in projects

across Lisbon and the United States. In

the Los Angeles home of model Jessica

Hart (featured in AD’s November-

December 2021 issue), he wrapped the

walls of the bedroom in one of his striped

textiles, filled with looping fronds of ivy.

Mota’s debut range of textiles, then, is

quite simply a joyous celebration of a hue

he’s loved and held very close to his heart

over his decades-long career. “I use green

like the colour white,” he says, “It goes

with anything.

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