Lush, plush and oozing glamour, it’s little wonder that we’re all cramming velvet into our wardrobes and our homes.
Nowhere is the crush on velvet more evident than in home interiors – its tactile, cosy feel and luxurious look have made it an increasingly popular choice for upholstery, curtains – and even wallpaper.
Having recently taken delivery of our plush new velvet ottoman and dining chairs – the first pieces of furniture we’ve had made in this gorgeous fabric – we’re completely sold, and hope our customers will be too. The dark grey colour has luminous depth in this material, as well as a lovely sophisticated sheen, and is so soft to touch, it just invites you to stroke it!
To make sure our furniture is more durable and suitable for family living, the velvet we’ve chosen for our upholstery is high-quality polyester, which is less likely to mark, crush or fade. It still looks and feels sumptuous but has the benefit of being stain-resistant, so food or mud brush off with ease.
Polyester velvet doesn’t have a tendency to snag either, as there are no loose threads or raised weaves.
Synthetic versions of velvet are very much in vogue for interior décor schemes as they’re more practical and affordable than the traditional material but still have its luxe qualities.
Difficult to produce, woven of lustrous silk with a rich depth of colour and texture from the cut or uncut woven pile, traditional velvet was available only to the very wealthy right up until the mid 18th century, when mechanised production made it more widely available.
Worn by royalty and heads of church and state, velvet has historically been used in coronation robes, for sumptuous wall hangings, evening gowns and fine cloaks as well as for shoes and purses – and to create prestige items of furniture.
One example is the Sovereign’s Throne in the Palace of Westminster, which dates from 1847 and features elaborately carved gilded woodwork, inset with rock crystals, and sumptuous red velvet upholstery with intricate embroidery.
Another notable seat which called for the softness of velvet was Henry VIII’s lavatory, or “close stool”, which was effectively a box – tucked away in private room off the state room at Hampton Court Palace.