Traditionally, velvet was made from pure silk, however modern synthetics are able to create spectacularly soft velvets that are far more user-friendly and cost-effective.
WHAT CAN VELVET BE USED FOR?
There are different ‘grades’ of velvet which are suitable for different things. While some are hardy enough for upholstering a sofa, armchair or bedhead, others are a little more fragile, and only suitable for drapery, cushions and bedspreads (oh please someone let us design a velvet bedspread?!).
THE PERKS OF VELVET
Velvet is quite a useful fabric. It is a fabulous thermal insulator, working to maintain the ambient temperature of a room with reduced impact from the conditions outside. It’s also great for acoustics, absorbing sound and preventing echoes… ever wondered why most theatre curtains are velvet? Now you know!
THE WORST PART…?
Unfortunately, velvet is a high-maintenance fabric. It’s certainly not suited to household with pets that tend to shed, or small children. It will also attract a fair amount of dust, and can be quite a challenge to clean.
Velvet also cannot be made into a Roman blind due to the fabric bonding process.
THE BEST PART…?
Velvet doesn’t have to be expensive! We carry a huge range of velvets in a rainbow of colours at price points for every budget.