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The Many uses of Velvet Fabrics

velvet fabric

Velvet is one of those things that cannot help but conjure up thoughts of luxury in our minds. Like gold and marble, the use of velvet around the home has long been regarded as an indication of personal wealth and class. This status comes from the early 19th century when it was only the very rich that could afford such luxuries and this image of opulence has stayed with us ever since

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Pale Grey Velvet worked really well in this stylish and simple room (image)

Over the years there have been many uses for velvet fabrics. From dresses to upholstery fabric, velvet has adorned such an array of things that it can be difficult to know where to start. Embossed velvet used as upholstery fabric is still hugely popular today and embossed velvet is also enjoying a renaissance in many areas as a wall covering too. When using velvet fabric UK homeowners are no doubt searching for that image of luxury that was afforded to the upper classes back at the turn of the 19th century.

velvet curtains

Another very popular use for velvet is curtain making. Curtains made with either plain or embossed velvet perform far better than other materials when it comes to blocking out daylight thanks to the thickness of the material. When buying velvet fabric, UK interior designers know that velvet curtains can add to the luxurious feel of a room considerably. They will often match the curtains to the embossed velvet upholstery fabric used on the furniture pieces within the room to give a uniform richness to the space. With clever use of velvet fabric, UK designers can create an illusion of wealth without necessarily breaking the bank.

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A stylish living space with a velvet couch, works really well (image)

Of course, velvet fabrics are not restricted to the home. They have been used for centuries to create some of the most fabulous evening wear imaginable. From royal robes through to the most modern of prom dresses, all have used velvet fabrics as their primary material. Even handbags and scarves have been made from velvet throughout the ages, proving not only its universal appeal but also its versatility too.


  1. Lovely post! I love burgundy velvet especially - it looks so luxurious! :)

  2. I love both those velvet curtain designs, I thought they were surprisingly subtle.

  3. Velvet is such a beautiful fabric, I love the idea of draping it on a chair, not sure it would love the dogs hair though. x

  4. I love the look of velvet!!! Unfortunately I find it uncomfortable to touch, which is a shame as it looks so pretty!!!


  5. The use of velvet on curtains are so cute! I forget that velvet can come in different colours as I generally associate it with dark deep shades. Those are so cute I love it.

    Meimei xx

  6. Velvet is such a sumptuous fabric and I love the jewel colours that it comes in.


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