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Velvet Revolution - velvets to enhance every interior I Part 2

There is a strong belief that velvet fabrics are high-maintenance and need to be shielded from the demands of heavy use. This couldn’t be further from the truth, in particular with Zepel’s velvet fabrics. 

We put this ill-informed theory to the test to see why velvets had a reputation for being delicate.   We engineered methods of textile construction to create stronger velvet fabrics that are still plush and inviting to touch. Man-made fibres, such as polyester, ensure durability and longevity without sacrificing that beautiful handle inherent in natural fibres. 

Careful planning and testing resulted in the creation of our high-performance velvet fabrics.  They are not only fire-retardant but are ready for high-traffic areas such as hotel lobbies and hospitality venues. 

Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, velvet became a regular sight in the hospitality sector. During the 1900s, glamorous hotels, bars and restaurants were draped with velvet and typically upholstered chaise lounges and dining chairs. The fabric was exemplified with the fashion conscious, artists, musicians, and middle to upper class. During the 1920s velvet optimised a society rich in culture, economy, and music appreciation, particularly ‘Jazz’. A response to the recovery of a devastating war, the 20s flung open the doors to elaborate dance clubs and music venues.  The Savoy Ballroom, Cotton Club and Apollo Theatre were a part of this growing fascination with velvet furnishings, and its profound impact on representing luxury and cultural sophistication. Devoré velvet dresses also made a regularly appearance in fashion and dance venues.    

It was not only it’s chic aura that made it popular in venues, but it’s inherent ability to assist with sound absorption. With big bands such as the Chick Webb ensemble featuring vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, and the Count Basie Band playing regularly at these venues, the roaring sound was softened by rooms covered in velvets. Today however, our velvets include so many more high-performance qualities. 

Velvet fabrics for sound absorption

Velvet is a distinctive textile as its high-end feel can effortlessly elevate the interior design of a space. It is also extremely sound-absorbing, and therefore an outstanding choice when it comes to manipulating sound levels and the general atmosphere of an interior environment.

Our high-performance velvets are guaranteed to perform on this level. Tested under ISO 354-11654 most of our designs, from drapery, upholstery, and multipurpose fabrics, are classified as ‘Extremely Absorbing’ category A and B.

Fire Retardant velvet fabrics 

Our extensive variety of FR fabric collections would not be complete without velvet. Our velvets are constructed specifically for a wide range of high-traffic spaces: residential, hotels, hospitality, offices, commercial, cruise ships and public buildings. 

It is through the development of these high-quality fabrics that we can offer the best possible solution with an eye on the long-term benefits.

Explore our fire-retardant range here.

FibreGuard and FibreGuard PRO stain resistant velvets

Our FibreGuard range includes stain resistant, durable, and safe easy-clean velvets. These fabrics are designed to resist a wide variety of common and tough household stains. FibreGuard Pro also boasts these features, but is additionally mildew, odour, moisture repellent, and holds anti-microbial properties. This range, which is specifically targeted to the hospitality and healthcare industries, holds an impenetrable barrier designed for environments exposed to regular moisture spills and harmful bacteria. The yarns in both FibreGuard and FibreGuard Pro, are coated in a finishing process resulting in inherent strength and longevity to a variety of evident and hidden stains that will last for the life of the fabric. They are also Oeko-Tex certified, a global independent standard involving the testing of the fabric for harmful substances. This certification ensures FibreGuard and FibreGuard Pro are safe for everyone, from small children to the elderly, and therefore ideal for use in a multitude of settings.

Explore our FibreGuard and FibreGuard Pro range.

Our selection: high performance velvets 

 

ZEPEL

Lech

This sublime, multi-purpose velvet has striking current, and retrospect inspired colours on offer. Think 70s revival with hues of golden toffee, smoky teals, and warm neutrals that inspire us to bring colour into the home. Lech has a dry cotton-velvet look with a synthetic composition, and a FibreGuard finish, making this a powerful drapery option for both residential and commercial projects.

Deluxe

Deluxe is a modern take on a classic velvet with a short, dense pile featuring a subtle design reminiscent of a fine linen weave. Its soft, silky texture makes it a delight to handle with minimal shading. As a FibreGuard design, it’s also inherently stain resistant. Deluxe is incredibly durable, achieving a Martindale result of 100,000, making it not only suitable for residential, but also commercial interiors

Deluxe in Lagoon, Surf and Autumn 

Deluxe in Lagoon, Surf and Autumn 

Deluxe in Lagoon, Surf and Autumn 

Deluxe in Lagoon, Surf and Autumn 

Quilvet collection

European quality combines with tenacious and transitional style to bring you Quilvet, the ultimate quilted velvet collection. Sumptuous, swish, and super soft, Quilvet draws on the features of velvet and emphasises them with a luxe three-dimensional quilted surface - available in a choice of three stitched designs. Rich in a pliant palette of on-trend colours, the collection also boasts commercial grade durability along with FibreGuard Stain Free Technology, making this range ideal for a multitude of spaces and schemes.

Quilvet collection – Lea, Tia and Pia 

Quilvet collection – Lea, Tia and Pia 

Quilvet collection – Lea, Tia and Pia 

Quilvet collection – Lea, Tia and Pia 

Regal Velvets – NEW

Our Regal Velvet fabrics have a textured, unique surface of geometric designs that are pronounced against the backing fabric. These FR designs are jacquard velvets - a fabric that has a design or motif woven into the construction of the weave. Like velvet, jacquards are woven on complex looms, however, the loom during this construction also lifts and lowers yarns to determine the arrangement of warp and weft, creating the desired pattern or effect.

Requiem in colour Silver

Requiem in colour Silver

Regal Velvet collection        

Regal Velvet collection        

Opera – NEW 

Its retro revival at its best! Opera is a luxurious, multipurpose crushed velvet that makes a statement and demands attention. Whether it’s for super luxe, cinema room drapes, bar stools or that vintage chair you are finally having re-upholstered, this design won’t disappoint. This unique, decorative velvet is highly durable and boasts the formidable easy-clean attributes of FibreGuard, giving you endless style without the drama.

Opera in Mineral 

Opera in Mineral 

Opera in Mineral 

Opera in Mineral 

Velvo – NEW

An important new addition to our FibreGuard PRO healthcare range is the design Velvo. Velvo sits somewhere between a suede and velvet look and comes in a fun, fresh colour palette that is super soft to the touch. This elegant design includes FibreGuard Pro’s superior, built-in attributes that we have come to know and rely on.

Casamance

Tribeca 2

Tribeca is a luxurious and sensual velvet. It’s a design symbolic of distinction and spectacle, demanding attention via its rich lustre and unrivalled texture. This highly durable, polyester design is available in a wide range of classic, vibrant, and pastel colours.

Tribeca in ‘Yellow Gold’ and various pastel colourways

Tribeca in ‘Yellow Gold’ and various pastel colourways

Tribeca in ‘Yellow Gold’ and various pastel colourways

Tribeca in ‘Yellow Gold’ and various pastel colourways

Faveur

Faveur is a classic design with the dry look reminiscent of a cotton velvet. It's synthetic and highly robust polyester construction defines it as a perfect choice for high use interiors, lounge settings and commercial applications. Its dense yet short pile gives the surface an incredibly rich handle and finish.  

Faveur in Marine

Faveur in Marine

Garbo

An innovative, contemporary take on velvet, Garbo presents a highly unique surface design. This refined fabric is double sided with a mesmerising, imitation ‘shagreen’ pattern. This speckled surface allows for a series of complementary shades to be included in each colourway. A perfect design to enhance those experimental pieces.

Garbo in Red Chilli and Marine Orange

Garbo in Red Chilli and Marine Orange

Garbo in Red Chilli and Marine Orange

Garbo in Red Chilli and Marine Orange

Christian Fischbacher

VIP and Vitus 

VIP and Vitus are knitted plush, polyester velvets suitable for commercial applications. These unique constructions are produced by the inclusion of an additional yarn during the knitting process, producing a loop that is then cut open to create the velvet-like surface. The addition of the finely knitted base cloth gives these fabrics their incredibly soft and wonderfully light draping qualities.

Allegro

Allegro is a geometric, cut velvet design with an irregular tile pattern reminiscent of a mosaic. Its bold pattern is created by sections of the pile being masterfully cut away to the base cloth to reveal a relief impression of the surface design. This striking fabric is additionally easy clean, and a part of the extensive fire retardant Trevira CS range at Fischbacher. 

Vegas

This easy-care velvet jacquard is one of the most technically superior upholstery designs in the Fischbacher range. Vegas is created between two layers of fabric that form the basic structure while a second warp yarn is woven into V-shaped loops. These loops are then cut through the middle to leave two lengths of velvet. The pattern is an all-over design of raised polka dots that combine across the fabric surface to form larger forms. The unique surface shimmers which is created by a glossy PES yarn that reflects light. An elegant design with a small-scale lustrous pattern.

To find out more about our High Performing Velvets, please contact the showrooms

Characterised by its luxurious pile, velvet is a wonder in any interior environment, especially when it’s durable, fire-retardant, and extremely soft. 

The rich and extensive history of velvet is equally interesting. It’s difficult to determine when velvet was first created but could be as early as 2000 BC in Ancient Egypt as piled textiles have been discovered at archaeological sites. In text, it was first recorded in the years 691-743 AD in Arabic literature in the courts of Damascus, Syria. It was believed to be referred by the name ‘kutuf’ and presented in carpets and robes worn among members of the court. Via the silk road, velvet is believed to have arrived in Europe near the year 1311 AD and recorded as being used in possessions owned by Pope Clement V. It then quickly evolved as being regarded as a luxury fabric.