Jacobean refers to the styles in fashion during the reign of King James I of England, who reigned from 1603-1625. The style of architecture during that time was considered formal. Jacobean fabric was almost always used on furniture as it was usually heavy in nature and heavily embroidered with ornate designs. Common motifs included flowers, fruit, vines, and birds which were colorful and ornamental.
Jacobean fabric is still very popular and available to everyone. Most Jacobean fabric today is printed as opposed to embroidered to keep manufacturing costs down.