What is Velvet Fabric?

We know velvet when we feel it, and we have enjoyed its use as an upholstery fabric for places such as symphony halls, movie theaters and hotel lobbies. But what is velvet fabric?Robert Allen Fabric Soft Velvet Greystone

What is Velvet Fabric?
Velvet is a type of fabric that is created when the threads are cut and evenly spaced in such as way as to create a short, dense pile, giving it a distinctively soft feel.  Velvet is created on a specialized loom, which creates the short pile when the weave goes through two pieces of fabric instead of one.  Velvet was first made from silk fabric, but can now be made from most any fabric.  Cotton and cotton/polyester blends are commonly used to make velvet today.

A Royal Fabric
Historically, velvet was considered to be a royal fabric and was used by kings and queens for their clothing, furniture and drapery.  Today, modern advancements in the production of velvet have made it somewhat more affordable. However, due to its plush look and feel, it still considered to be a high end fabric.  In addition to being a soft and plush fabric, it is also an extremely durable fabric.  For these reasons it is very popular as an upholstery fabric. In addition to use for public seating areas, velvet is popular for use in the home as an upholstery fabric as well.

A Durable Fabric
The double rub test for fabrics gives an indicator of how durable the fabric is.  Double rub considers that the upholstery fabric will be rubbed once to sit down and once to stand up, so counts how many rubs the fabric can withstand.  Some velvets have a double rub rating as high as 250,000!

Cleaning Velvet
When you clean velvet, you want to be careful that you do not damage the fabric.  Too much water can ruin the look of the pile.  Use a spray bottle to apply a light mist of water and clear dish soap or upholstery cleaner.  Then use a soft brush to rub, but do not blot as that can also damage the pile.  Knowing how to care for your velvet fabric will keep it looking plush and luxurious for years to come.

Buy Your Velvet Fabric Today
At My Fabric Connection we are happy to carry velvet fabrics.  We invite you to check our selection of velvet fabrics at My Fabric Connection.

Robert Allen Fabric Soft Velvet Jade
Robert Allen Fabric Soft Velvet Jade
Fabric Content: 80% Polyester, 20% Viscose
Performance: 30,000 Double Rubs
Robert Allen Fabric Soft Velvet Greystone
Robert Allen Fabric Soft Velvet Greystone
Fabric Content: Content: 80% Polyester, 20% Viscose
Performance: 30,000 Double Rubs


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