During early 14th century, the Italian city of Lucca began producing high volumes of silk velvets which were exported via merchants throughout Europe. Other cities such as Venice, Florence and Milan also drove production. This led to countries such as France and Spain to entice Italian weavers to relocate and develop trade there. It’s popularity in the market increased and its status further secured by royalty, the nobility, and wealthy who draped rich velvets throughout grand buildings. From this moment in history, velvet then became a worldly commodity, being greatly admired by many foreign empires. Thanks to ease of production from the Industrial Revolution, velvet, that was once reserved for the wealthy, has become an attainable fabric for everyone.
Due to modern manufacturing methods, velvet is today readily available for residential and commercial interior applications. Providing softness and warmth be it in a drapery, upholstery or other soft furnishings, velvet is easily distinguishable. The unique textural versatility of velvet creates abounds of effects, for example, the pile may be left erect or it may be laid in one direction to give it a strong lustre.
Here at Zepel, we offer a large range of velvet fabrics for curtain and upholstery applications that boast strong durability and high-performance qualities. We also offer from our luxury international brands, Casamance and Christian Fishbacher, an exquisite variety of velvets from the classic and demure, to the extravagantly unique and bold. Before we highlight our top choices from each collection, lets stroll through the basics to inspire you with the fundamental qualities of velvets.