Designer Jake Arnold is Choosing This Unexpected Fabric for His Projects Now That 'Creates Depth and Warmth'

Have you heard of mohair? If not, allow me to introduce to your new favorite luxury fabric, courtesy of renowned designer Jake Arnold.

a collection of mohair home items on a colorful background
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Have you ever decorated with mohair? Chances are you have, even if you didn't know it at the time. The luxurious fabric/yarn is made from the hair of the Angora goat and is known for its durability and luster. It takes kindly to dye and doesn't feel itchy or scratchy on the skin. It's also more expensive than standard wool because it is more difficult to produce and harvest; think of it as similar to cashmere or Angora.

Long story short, mohair is one of the big interior design trends right now. And interior designer Jake Arnold could very well be its biggest fan. 'I really love incorporating mohair into our projects because it creates depth and warmth while also being extremely hard-wearing,' the celebrated interiors maven wrote below six gorgeous pictures of mohair daybeds and couches in a recent Instagram post.

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It's easy to see why he loves it. Mohair 'adds a touch of elegance and texture' to a design scheme, says Alice Moszczynski, interior designer at Planner 5D. 'I find it helps elevate the overall look of the piece it is used on.'

When designing with mohair, 'I like to go big or go home,' Alice tells me: 'I love a good sofa in mohair. If you don’t want to commit to a full sofa or chair in mohair which I love, I would consider adding pillows.' Designer Michelle Iapicco, designer at Iapicco Design Studio, likes to keep things a bit more subtle, however: 'I prefer to use mohair as an accent, such as a throw pillow, cozy throw blanket, or even a super soft and luxe accent chair,' she counters.

Whichever you choose, there is undoubtedly no shortage of chic and luxurious options for those looking to experiment with mohair. And off the back of Jake's post, I've taken it upon myself to hunt down a few of those pieces and round them up below. Happy shopping!

Mohair shopping for your hair

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Brigid Kennedy is a Style Editor at, where she is responsible for obsessively combing the internet for the best and most stylish deals on home decor and more. She was previously a story editor at, where she covered both U.S. politics and culture. She describes her design style as colorful and clean, and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and curating impossibly niche playlists on Spotify. She lives in New York.