Toile de Jouy dates back to 18th century France, and is a cotton print. Sofas, chairs, and ottomans receiving only moderate amounts of wear will do fine with less durable upholstery fabric. Mohair is a very desirable fabric or yarn made from the long silky hair of the Angora goat. Mohair is characterized by its luster and exceptional strength. Jacquard is an intricate fabric that features a variegated weave or multi-color pattern. Linen is best suited for formal living rooms or adult areas because it soils and wrinkles easily. Acrylic is a manufactured fiber made with synthetic materials. Acrylic may have the look of wool, cotton, or other fabric blends. It is colorfast, moth resistant, quick drying, and retains shape. Viscose is a manufactured fiber belonging to the rayon family, composed of regenerated cellulose. Viscose is characterized by its soft hand and drapability. Olefin is a good choice for furniture that will receive heavy wear; however, it lacks the pliability and movement that natural fibers offer. Your upholstery and drapery are what typically give your room that comfort factor that is sometimes hard to achieve. Marine furniture requires a significant amount of heat and water resistance, resulting in heavy uses of vinyl and polyester. Today’s consumer is looking for “natural fabrics” and lots of textural interest. Although it requires an investment, having an extra set of drapery, slipcovers and pillow covers allows you to adapt your interior design to the changing seasons. Chenille is commonly used for bedspreads or rugs, but makes an excellent fabric choice for upholstery. Wool is a natural fiber obtained from the fleece of sheep, lamb, Angora goat, or Cashmere goat. Specialty wool fibers are obtained from the camel, alpaca, llama, or vicuna. Wools are characterized by their fine, soft, wavy appearance. Low-quality acrylic may pill excessively in areas that receive high degrees of abrasion. Velvet is a short, dense, cut-pile woven fabric with a luxurious feel and appearance. Damask is a sophisticated, floral-patterned fabric, damask has reversed colors on opposing sides. Nylon is very resilient; in a blend, it helps eliminate the crushing of napped fabrics such as velvet. Chenille is made from woven yard loops that are then cut to expose a tuft. Polyester is a manufactured fiber that is resistant to stretching and shrinking. It is also quick drying, wrinkle resistant, and strong. Linen is a natural fiber obtained from the flax plant. Linen is durable and has a natural luster. The attractiveness of the napped suede look has lead to microsuede gaining in popularity in upholstery fabric applications, replicating the feel of real suede and adding stain resistance and durability, in addition to lower costs. Cotton is best ironed when the fabric is damp. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. Determine where your upholstered pieces will be used in the home before buying your upholstery fabric. Olefin is a manufactured fiber that is strong and very lightweight. Just like in fashion, you can dramatically change the look of your home by changing the fabrics that surround you. The natural fabrics are cotton, linen and silk. It may make more sense to avoid a very bold upholstery fabric color for a smaller room, especially if your furniture piece is also large. Autos typically are clad in either leather or cloth, ranging from ultra expensive to the very basic. Boucle is a fabric or yarn with a looped surface. Jacquard's name comes from the type of weave used to produce the fabric. The unifying element might be color, a type of print or a game of textures. Rarely used alone, nylon is usually blended with other fibers to make it one of the strongest upholstery fabrics. Spandex is a manufactured fiber known for its high elasticity. Sturdy and durable, wool and wool blends offer good resistance to pilling, fading, wrinkling, and soil. Rayon is a manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose which is processed from wood pulp. Rayon is characterized by it high absorbency, soft hand, and drapability. It can imitate the feel and texture of silk, wool, cotton, or linen. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. Acrylic resists wear, wrinkling, soiling, and fading. Velvet is used in everything from garments and upholstery to bedspreads and drapery. Wool is obtained from sheep fleece and the term "virgin wool" denotes new, not recycled wool. Acrylic fibers are also man made and include such brand names as Orlon, Acrilan, Dolan and Dralon. Cotton is a popular plant based fiber that is used extensively for many kinds of upholstery fabric.