Deciding upon which upholstery fabric type to choose PART 2

Because there are so many types and different compositions of fabrics to choose from, we bring you part two to assist you in your decision making process.

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Linen is the oldest known fabric and made from flax. Because of the dense fibers, patterns are often uneven. It is durable but weakens in the sun over time. Opt for Synthetic blends which wrinkles less.


Mohair is a wool velvet woven from the hair of the Angora goat. Although somewhat pricey, mohair is durable but also shabby.


Silk means luxury. Different textiles can be crafted out of silk such as burlap, brocade, and velvet. Silk can't handle plenty of abrasion, sunlight or moisture, it's best used for occasional use or rather choose synthetic silks for daily used furniture.


Velvet is created by clipping the surface of looped, densely packed woven fibers. It is made of silk, cotton, rayon, linen, or wool. Do not use velvet for heavy used furniture.


The most versatile natural fiber is wool, and its personality varies with texture and pattern. Cleanable and resistant to abrasions, wool upholstery retains its beauty for many years.