*All sample cuttings are free shipping to the areas we ship to (currently USA and International Delivery to Canada & The United Kingdom (UK)). Orders greater than $50 get free shipping on fabric cut by the yard to the 48 contiguous United States only. We are in pursuit of Worldwide shipping, so please enquire if you are interested and would like us to add your country to the accepted international delivery list.
The Jacquard loom is capable of weaving intricate patterns with many layers and many threads at the same time. Consider higher thread counts when purchasing a designer upholstery fabric. The practice of upholstery originated in Europe, particularly London, in the 18th century. Before that, many chairs featuwred either bare seats or fabric coverings without padding or springs inside for cushioning. This tough material can be gently vacuumed, wiped with a damp cloth and cleaned with leather conditioner or saddle soap. Avoid delicately colored upholstery fabrics around children and pets. i.e. White is going to appear dirty fast. Low-quality acrylic may pill excessively in areas that receive high degrees of abrasion. 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. When purchasing an upholstered piece or upholstery fabric, be aware that the higher the thread count, the more tightly woven the fabric is, and the better it will wear. Upholstery in high traffic areas or pieces subjected to daily heavy wear need to be covered in tough, durable, tightly woven upholstery fabrics. 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! 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. 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. Railroaded is a fabric that is railroaded is applied to furniture at a 90 degree angle from the way it appears on the roll. Small or dimly lit rooms benefit from the use of plain fabrics, vertically striped fabrics or fabrics with a small motif. Woven fabric patterns hold up longer than printed ones. Vinyl (Poly Vinyl Chloride) is a manufactured thermoplastic fiber. Vinyl is noted for its strength and ability to resist weathering. Some aspects of choosing upholstery fabric might seem pretty obvious like selecting a color. 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. Linen is best to wash it in cold water to avoid shrinkage. Acetate is not a good choice for furniture that will get tough everyday use. Cotton is a popular plant based fiber that is used extensively for many kinds of upholstery fabric.