Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive soft feel. The history of velvet originated in the 14th century, and scholars believed that velvet was originally produced in East Asia before making its way down the Silk Road into Europe. Until it gained popularity in Europe during the Renaissance, this fabric was commonly used in the Middle East, like Iraq and Iran. It was a favourite fabric among the royalty. Velvet is widely used in upholstery and window dressing.
Varieties of Velvet
Velvet is made from natural fibre or synthetic fibre.
Silk velvet has a soft drape and shimmering surface.
Cotton velvet also called velveteen, is made with horizontal yarn.
Synthetic velvet has a strong sheen but does not tend to drape well.
1 Luxury look and soft texture
The plush feel of the upholstery velvet adds a sumptuous feel to space. It is soft to touch, making it comfortable to use.
It comes in a wide range of colours and prints.
3 Blends in with different decor style
4 Colours in depth
The colour of velvet is deep in colours, creating more depth than flat cotton or linen fabric.
1 Difficult to clean
It is recommended to use dry cleaning for velvet.
2 Highly dust absorbency
Velvet tends to attract dust. Polyester velvet is stain resistant.
3 Short lifespan
Velvet can wear out quickly with heavy use.
4 Susceptible to fade in the sun
Velvet can weaken if exposed to direct sunlight.
When choosing an upholstery textile, you need to consider where to use it, how often to use it, and whether it matches your decor style. Velvet is known for its rich look and comfortable texture, but it is not easy to maintain and attract dirt.