Textile-look / non-referential pattern laminates
A number of laminate companies have introduced or expanded their offerings of textile inspired, but relatively non-referential laminate patterns. (But no re-introduction of Formica Irish Linen).
There are expanding offerings and even a couple new companies offering laminate (InteriorArts, part of Treefrog Veneers and Chemetal, for one.)
So, somebody is using it--mostly commercial in the US I think.
Anyway, I think in the right kitchen or right bathroom in the right house, it could be used for cabinet facings, since it would read primarily as a color, but provide enough pattern to be a bit forgiving.