What could be more seductive than an ornate chaise longue covered in plush shiny velvet? The silken fabric, so distinguished by its short dense pile and luxurious finish, first entered popular consciousness in the 14th century from the Far East, where it was historically passed along the legendary Silk route from Arabic countries to the Italian cities of Florence, Sicily and Lucca.
Such was its grandeur and capacity to maintain richly coloured dyes that velvet was initially reserved for the production of ecclesiastical vestments and opulent wall hangings. It wasn’t until later, when it passed from Italy to neighbouring European countries, that the material gravitated from the church to the palace and the esteemed upper classes, coming to be used for everything from carriage interiors to clothes and upholstery.
The term velvet describes fabric with a pile made of silk thread; the structure of this fabric is created by warps that are drawn up over rods or wires to make the loops. This is part of the weaving process, and the looped pile is integral to the structure of the fabric. As the weaving progresses, the rods are removed. The resulting loops may be cut to form dense pile, or left uncut. It has a wonderful sheen and depth of color, and the appearance changes as it drapes and folds and the light reflects off the various angles.
Velvet is having a trending moment. One doesn’t want to cover their interiors completely in it, but adding a focal point with the right color palette consisting of color accented pillows, a simple duvet cover, an upholstered bench or elegant velvet sofa will add more drama without it feeling too much.
Velvet with his luxurious beauty makes the space very classy and sophisticated place to live. With just one piece of furniture covered in velvet you will make your home more stylish than ever. Traditionally, velvet is associated with nobility. But it doesn’t mean that it can be integrated only in classy design. Velvet furniture can look great also in minimalistic and modern space.
The best thing about velvet is its texture. Not only does it feel soft but it looks soft, too. It immediately lends a sort of softness and warmth to the room. You can alter the depth of this feeling depending upon the color of velvet that you choose and the boldness of the piece that you choose it for. It’s a flexible fabric if you’re not afraid to play around with it.
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