News -Thursday, April 2, 2020
Linen is a natural fiber obtained from the flax plant. Linen is durable and has a natural luster. Nylon is very resilient; in a blend, it helps eliminate the crushing of napped fabrics such as velvet. During fall and winter, it is inviting to be surrounded by the warmth of velvet and chenille in deep and sober colors. The Jacquard loom is capable of weaving intricate patterns with many layers and many threads at the same time. All leathers display a variety of unique natural markings and variations in color. Ideally, upholstery fabric should compliment your room’s decor and the furniture itself while also proving practical for your needs. Upholstery fabrics are designed to take more wear as they're usually a little more heavy and more durable than multi-purpose or drapery and curtain weight fabrics. There are natural fabrics such as mohair, wools and cashmeres, which are made from sheered and woven animal fur. Silk is so delicate that although it can be hand-washed it is best sent to the dry-cleaners. 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 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. Velvet was originally made from silk for royalty. Rarely used alone, nylon is usually blended with other fibers to make it one of the strongest upholstery fabrics. Microdenier / Microfiber is a yarn made of fibers that tend to be thinner than a silkworm’s web. Most microfibers are synthetics such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, or rayon. Toile is a cotton or linen fabric with a printed design depicting figures or landscapes in a single color. Silk is a delicate fabric and only suitable for adult areas, such as formal living rooms and must be professionally cleaned if soiled. 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. Olefin is a good choice for furniture that will receive heavy wear; however, it lacks the pliability and movement that natural fibers offer. Leather is a very popular choice as an upholstery fabric, as it is delightfully soft yet resistant to spills and stains. 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. When blended with wool, polyester can cause pilling. Your upholstery and drapery are what typically give your room that comfort factor that is sometimes hard to achieve. Velvet is a short, dense, cut-pile woven fabric with a luxurious feel and appearance. Wool is obtained from sheep fleece and the term "virgin wool" denotes new, not recycled wool. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. Cotton can also be washed. Color is the most important reason people choose an upholstery fabric, so make sure your color choice is appropriate. Microfiber upholstery fabric, which has increased in popularity over the years, is a blend of polyester and polyamide. Tapestry is a heavy, flat-woven fabric features elaborate designs appropriate for various uses throughout the home. Linen is best to wash it in cold water to avoid shrinkage. Widely used for upholstery, drapery and garments.