Toile is a cotton or linen fabric with a printed design depicting figures or landscapes in a single color. Acetate is a manufactured fiber made of cellulose acetate obtained from wood pulp. Acetate has a soft feel, a luxurious appearance, and drapes well. It resists shrinking, moths, and mildew. Consider higher thread counts when purchasing a designer upholstery fabric. Trevira is a manufactured fiber belonging to the polyester group of fibers. Trevira fabrics are durable, lightfast, and drape well. A special type of Trevira, Trevira CS, is inherently and permanently flame retardant. Chenille is a yarn with a fuzzy pile protruding from all sides. Velvet is a short, dense, cut-pile woven fabric with a luxurious feel and appearance. It may make more sense to avoid a very bold fabric color for a smaller room, especially if your furniture piece is also large. Linen is a natural fiber obtained from the flax plant. Linen is durable and has a natural luster. 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. When blended with wool, polyester can cause pilling. Chenille is commonly used for bedspreads or rugs, but makes an excellent choice for upholstery. Matelasse is a heavy fabric with a soft hand. Matelasse has the appearance of being puffy or quilted. While Chenille is extremely cozy, it's also excellent at hiding dirt. Acrylic is a synthetic fiber and was developed as imitation 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. Surface treatments and blending with other fibers often atone for these weaknesses. Cotton is a fabric or yarn made from cotton fibers that have been obtained from the seed pod of the cotton plant. It is soft, breathable, and the most widely used natural fiber. Durability and use depend on the weave and finish. Damask weaves are formal; canvas (duck and sailcloth) is more casual and more durable. Upholstery fabrics are usually a little heavier and more durable than multi-purpose or drapery-weight fabrics. Acrylic is a manufactured fiber made with synthetic materials. Acrylic may have the look of wool, cotton, or other fabric blends. It is colorfast, moth resistant, quick drying, and retains shape.