Cotton is a popular plant based fiber that is used extensively for many kinds of upholstery fabric. Damask is characterized by elaborate floral motifs that are usually monochromatic or a maximum of two colors in matte and polished weave combinations. Durability and use depend on the weave and finish. Damask weaves are formal; canvas (duck and sailcloth) is more casual and more durable. To set the mood, take the color temperature into consideration. Since warm and cool colors affect the mood of the room, try choosing the right upholstery fabric for the right mood. Velveteen is made from thick woven cotton and is available with ridges known as corduroy. Chenille is commonly used for bedspreads or rugs, but makes an excellent fabric choice for upholstery. 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. Tapestry is a heavy, flat-woven fabric features elaborate designs appropriate for various uses throughout the home. Jacquard is an intricate fabric that features a variegated weave or multi-color pattern. Chenille upholstery fabric comes in many different styles and colors, including patterns and textures. Velveteen or Corduroy is similar to velvet. Upholstery is the art of providing furniture with padding and covering generally in the form of upholstery fabric. Chenille is made from woven yard loops that are then cut to expose a tuft. Upholstery fabrics can be used for arts and crafts. Soiled linen upholstery must be professionally cleaned to avoid shrinking. The Jacquard loom is capable of weaving intricate patterns with many layers and many threads at the same time. Today’s consumer is looking for “natural fabrics” and lots of textural interest. Acrylic is a synthetic fiber and was developed as imitation wool. Velvet is a short, dense, cut-pile woven fabric with a luxurious feel and appearance. Polypropylene is a manufactured fiber that is a type of Olefin. Polypropylene is quick drying, stain resistant, and exceptionally strong. Boucle is a fabric or yarn with a looped surface. Chenille is soft to the touch and very popular as an upholstery fabric for sofas and chairs. Cotton can also be washed. Toile is a cotton or linen fabric with a printed design depicting figures or landscapes in a single color. Consider the luxuries of silk upholstery fabric and its gorgeous appeal. Acrylic fibers are also man made and include such brand names as Orlon, Acrilan, Dolan and Dralon. 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. Sturdy and durable, wool and wool blends offer good resistance to pilling, fading, wrinkling, and soil. Low-quality acrylic may pill excessively in areas that receive high degrees of abrasion.