1. A weave that produces a surface appearance of randomly narrow width stripes in (usually deeper) tones of the same colour. In most cases the wefts of one or more colours provide the deeper tone are to a single coloured weft.

2. A paint finish leaving subtle thin lines in tone on tone. Also called dragging–as the brush, charged with pigmented glaze, is carefully pulled, dragged, down the wall to leave very narrow but random width lines within the width of the brush. Always use a special dragging brush, which has longer but fewer bristles than a normal brush so that interesting lines can be formed.

Strié walls suit elegant and formal rooms, bedrooms and drawing rooms, the slight pattern supporting traditional art well. Always use close tones, never be tempted to/by obvious contrast and darker on lighter usually works best.

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