Upholstery fabrics are usually a little heavier and more durable than multi-purpose or drapery-weight fabrics. Just like in fashion, you can dramatically change the look of your home by changing the fabrics that surround you. 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. Acetate offers only fair resistance to soil and tends to wear, wrinkle, and fade in the sun. If comfort is at the top of your priority list, then chenille is the upholstery fabric for you. Damask is a sophisticated, floral-patterned fabric, damask has reversed colors on opposing sides. Muslin is a plain woven fabric that comes in various weights. Durability and use depend on the weave and finish. Damask weaves are formal; canvas (duck and sailcloth) is more casual and more durable. Surface treatments and blending with other fibers often atone for these weaknesses. Some aspects of choosing upholstery fabric might seem pretty obvious like selecting a color. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. Generally, wool is blended with a synthetic fiber to make it easier to clean and to reduce the possibility of felting the fibers (causing them to bond together until they resemble felt). Pure Aniline or Full Aniline is the most natural type of leather. Linen is best to wash it in cold water to avoid shrinkage. Linen upholstery fabric is another plant derived fiber, and shares many similarities with cotton. 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. Avoid delicately colored upholstery fabrics around children and pets. i.e. White is going to appear dirty fast. Cotton is best ironed when the fabric is damp. Jacquard's name comes from the type of weave used to produce the fabric. Developed as an imitation silk, linen, and cotton, rayon is durable, yet wrinkles easily. Recent developments have made high-quality rayon very practical. A piece of furniture covered in chenille upholstery fabric will still look new in 10 years, depending on how well you take care of it. Silk is derived from silk worms and has been a symbol of luxury since forever. Nylon doesn’t readily soil or wrinkle, but it does tend to fade and pill.