Upholstery fabrics are designed to take more wear. Because leather is a natural product, it absorbs dyes and reacts differently to treatments from hide to hide. Acetate is a synthetic fiber made from cellulose acetate. Velvet has one plush side and one plain woven side. Microfiber upholstery fabric, which has increased in popularity over the years, is a blend of polyester and polyamide. Chenille is French for “caterpillar,” chenille has a thick, soft pile and is one of today’s most popular fabrics. It was originally used in the 1800’s to block drafts at doors and windows. 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. Surface treatments and blending with other fibers often atone for these weaknesses. This natural fiber provides good resistance to wear, fading, and pilling. It is less resistant to soil, wrinkling, and fire. Is your furniture in a traditionally themed living room that is only used on occasion? 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. Durability and use depend on the weave and finish. Damask weaves are formal; canvas (duck and sailcloth) is more casual and more durable. Viscose is a manufactured fiber belonging to the rayon family, composed of regenerated cellulose. Viscose is characterized by its soft hand and drapability. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of an upholstery fabric; just like you see when you buy linens for the bed. Your upholstery and drapery are what typically give your room that comfort factor that is sometimes hard to achieve. 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. Cotton is the most used fabric in the world. It can breathe. Damask can be made of cotton, silk or synthetic fabrics and is commonly used for drapery and upholstery. When blended with wool, polyester can cause pilling. Chenille tends to be a family favorite upholstery fabric. Linen upholstery fabric is another plant derived fiber, and shares many similarities with cotton. Ideally, upholstery fabric should compliment your room’s decor and the furniture itself while also proving practical for your needs. Acrylic resists wear, wrinkling, soiling, and fading.