Easy-care and less expensive than leather, vinyl is ideal for busy family living and dining rooms and, durability depends on quality. Avoid delicately colored upholstery fabrics around children and pets. i.e. White is going to appear dirty fast. For the ultimate in spill and stain resistance, however, synthetic fibers such as vinyl are used extensively for uphostery fabric. Wool blends can be spot-cleaned when necessary. Wool is obtained from sheep fleece and the term "virgin wool" denotes new, not recycled wool. When blended with wool, polyester can cause pilling. Linen is a natural fiber obtained from the flax plant. Linen is durable and has a natural luster. Acrylic fibers are also man made and include such brand names as Orlon, Acrilan, Dolan and Dralon. Chenille is also used for bedspreads and garments. Nylon is a manufactured fiber that is exceptionally strong, elastic, and lustrous. Microfiber upholstery fabric, which has increased in popularity over the years, is a blend of polyester and polyamide. Faux Suede is a fabric woven with a nap to resemble suede. Today’s faux suede is primarily made of microdenier polyester. Cotton can also be washed. All leathers display a variety of unique natural markings and variations in color. Consider the size of the pattern on the piece of upholstery fabric. Consider whether it is appropriate for the size of the furniture it is covering, as well as the room size. The natural fabrics are cotton, linen and silk. Linen is best suited for formal living rooms or adult areas because it soils and wrinkles easily. Your upholstery and drapery are what typically give your room that comfort factor that is sometimes hard to achieve. Backing is a sprayed coating or another layer of fabric applied to the back of fabric. A backing may be needed to give the face fabric more body or to make it more appropriate for upholstery. Leather furniture can be rather expensive, although the same look can be achieved with the use of fake leather uphostery fabric. Low-quality acrylic may pill excessively in areas that receive high degrees of abrasion. 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. Polyurethane is a manmade organic polymer with high elongation and strength. Polyurethane is often used in elastic and plastic or vinyl like textiles. 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. Marine furniture requires a significant amount of heat and water resistance, resulting in heavy uses of vinyl and polyester. Silk has a very soft hand and can be woven into nubby informal textures and shimmering paper-thin sheets. Our broad assortment of jacquards, florals, stripes, damasks, chenilles, velvets, tapestries, faux sueded and solid textured upholstery fabrics will help you create fabulous furniture and great pillows! Damask can be made of cotton, silk or synthetic fabrics and is commonly used for drapery and upholstery. Silk is derived from silk worms and has been a symbol of luxury since forever. Chenille upholstery fabric comes in many different styles and colors, including patterns and textures. Leather is a very popular choice as an upholstery fabric, as it is delightfully soft yet resistant to spills and stains. Chenille is soft to the touch and very popular as an upholstery fabric for sofas and chairs. Durability and use depend on the weave and finish. Damask weaves are formal; canvas (duck and sailcloth) is more casual and more durable. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. Jacquard is an intricate fabric that features a variegated weave or multi-color pattern. Larger rooms can carry larger prints and bolder colors and even combinations of patterns and prints. The nap (or hand) of chenille lasts forever. Chenille is a yarn with a fuzzy pile protruding from all sides.