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As well as traditional plain velvet, there's also a few notable styles of velvet including; panne, embossed, ciselé, strech, as well as pile-on-pile velvet styling.
Crushed velvet is a glamorous take on traditional velvet, boasting a unique texture and shiny appearance. The 'crushed' texture of crushed velvet is achieved by twisting the fabric whilst still wet or pressing the pile in different directions.
Crushed velvet has seen a resurgence in recent years as a popular fabric choice for everything from sofas to beds.
Velvet sofas in a quality fabric can be a durable addition to your home if looked after well. Velvet sofas are difficult to snag, as the material has no loose threads or raised weaves.
If you have a busy home with children and pets, choose a velvet sofa made from 100% polyester as these are easy to clean and more durable. Velvet sofas made from 100% polyester still maintain the soft nature of velvet, but are more resistant to stains and spills.
The origins of velvet have been traced as far back as 750 A.D. to Baghdad and was only accessible to wealthy people such as the royal and noble classes, due to it's production using sillk. The introduction of new loom technology lead to velvet being distributed throughout Europe, with Florence, Italy becoming the centre of velvet production during the Renaissance.
Fast forward to the 1900's and velvet became a staple in fashion and interiors, with Edwardian furniture such as chaise lounges upholstered in velvet fabric. Rumour has it, Henry VIII even had his toilet walls wallpapered with velvet!
Throughout the century, velvet maintained poplularity, in particular throughout the 1960's and 1970's inspiring many fashion trends and is still an iconic fabric today.
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