Woven fabric patterns hold up longer than printed ones. There are natural fabrics such as mohair, wools and cashmeres, which are made from sheered and woven animal fur. 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. Choosing an upholstery fabric's color is the single biggest factor in fabric selection. Jacquard's name comes from the type of weave used to produce the fabric. Acrylic fibers are also man made and include such brand names as Orlon, Acrilan, Dolan and Dralon. Upholstery fabric has so many choices, colors, textures. Jacquard is a heavier fabric that tends to be multicolored and used for upholstery, as well as drapery. Polyester is a manufactured fiber that is resistant to stretching and shrinking. It is also quick drying, wrinkle resistant, and strong. Rarely used alone, nylon is usually blended with other fibers to make it one of the strongest upholstery fabrics. Sailcloth or Canvas are rigid fabrics are normally made of cotton and used for upholstery and slipcovers. Easy-care and less expensive than leather, vinyl is ideal for busy family living and dining rooms and, durability depends on quality. Dye Lot is a batch of fabric or yarn that has been dyed at the same time. There may be some color variation from lot to lot. Silk is so delicate that although it can be hand-washed it is best sent to the dry-cleaners. For the ultimate in spill and stain resistance, however, synthetic fibers such as vinyl are used extensively. Linen's downfall is that it wrinkles a lot, but some consider that its allure. Today velvet is available in both silk and cotton. Upholstery fabrics can be used for arts and crafts. Marine furniture requires a significant amount of heat and water resistance, resulting in heavy uses of vinyl and polyester. Soiled linen upholstery must be professionally cleaned to avoid shrinking. Determine where your upholstered pieces will be used in the home. 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. There are many different choices for upholstery fabric. Developed as an imitation silk, linen, and cotton, rayon is durable, yet wrinkles easily. Recent developments have made high-quality rayon very practical. 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. All leathers display a variety of unique natural markings and variations in color. Rayon is a manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose which is processed from wood pulp. Rayon is characterized by it high absorbency, soft hand, and drapability. It can imitate the feel and texture of silk, wool, cotton, or linen. Damask can be made of cotton, silk or synthetic fabrics and is commonly used for drapery and upholstery. Velvet has one plush side and one plain woven side. Polyamide is a manufactured fiber that is a type of nylon. Polyamide is known for its exceptional strength, elasticity, and luster. Spandex is a manufactured fiber known for its high elasticity. Consider the style of your furniture as well as its function to help when choosing the type of upholstery fabric. Autos typically are clad in either leather or cloth, ranging from ultra expensive to the very basic. Cotton is the most used fabric in the world. It can breathe. Polyester was also introduced by DuPont in the 1950’s. Velvet was originally made from silk for royalty. Surface treatments and blending with other fibers often atone for these weaknesses. While Chenille is extremely cozy, it's also excellent at hiding dirt. Upholstery fabrics are designed to take more wear. Latex is a substance often used as a back coating on fabrics to make them easier to upholster. It is a milky white liquid that is extracted from the rubber tree, milkweed plant, or the poppy family. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. Larger rooms can carry larger prints and bolder colors and even combinations of patterns and prints. Silk has a very soft hand and can be woven into nubby informal textures and shimmering paper-thin sheets. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. Boucle can be identified by its curled or looped surface, this material is heavier than many other upholstery fabrics. 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 right upholstery can completely transform the look and feel of your furniture. Cotton is quite popular because like any natural fiber, it’s inherently strong and comfortable. Olefin is a manufactured fiber that is strong and very lightweight. Up the Bolt is a fabric that is up the bolt is applied to furniture exactly the way it is made on the roll. This is often necessary to keep designs in the proper direction. Up the bolt fabrics may result in seams on some styles. 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. Upholstery fabrics are sometimes light enough for window treatments and slipcovers. Upholstering for specific uses, such as in automobiles and boats, generally has a narrower set of upholstery fabric options. Chenille is a yarn with a fuzzy pile protruding from all sides. For a slightly retro or timelessly Scottish look, tartan plaid is another superb choice for seat or couch coverings. Is your furniture in a traditionally themed living room that is only used on occasion? Toile de Jouy dates back to 18th century France, and is a cotton print.