Velveteen is made from thick woven cotton and is available with ridges known as corduroy. Acrylic is a synthetic fiber and was developed as imitation wool. Because leather is a natural product, it absorbs dyes and reacts differently to treatments from hide to hide. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. Nylon doesn’t readily soil or wrinkle, but it does tend to fade and pill. Polypropylene is a manufactured fiber that is a type of Olefin. Polypropylene is quick drying, stain resistant, and exceptionally strong. Linen is best to wash it in cold water to avoid shrinkage. Silk is derived from silk worms and has been a symbol of luxury since forever. Linen upholstery fabric is another plant derived fiber, and shares many similarities with cotton. There are natural fabrics such as mohair, wools and cashmeres, which are made from sheered and woven animal fur. Microdenier / Microfiber is a yarn made of fibers that tend to be thinner than a silkworm’s web. Most microfibers are synthetics such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, or rayon. Wool is obtained from sheep fleece and the term "virgin wool" denotes new, not recycled wool. Denim is a durable cotton fabric usually characterized by diagonal (twill) lines. Traditionally denim was indigo blue; however, today it is available in a wide range of colors. The natural fabrics are cotton, linen and silk. A large bold upholstery fabric pattern might work better in a larger room, while a smaller pattern might be a happier choice for a smaller space. High-quality acrylics are manufactured to pill significantly less. Vinyl (Poly Vinyl Chloride) is a manufactured thermoplastic fiber. Vinyl is noted for its strength and ability to resist weathering. Jacquard is an intricate fabric that features a variegated weave or multi-color pattern. Marine furniture requires a significant amount of heat and water resistance, resulting in heavy uses of vinyl and polyester. Ideally, upholstery fabric should compliment your room’s decor and the furniture itself while also proving practical for your needs. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. Full grain leather is a top grain leather with all its natural texture (grain) intact.