Velvet is making a strong showing in home decor. The luxurious fabric comes in many variations of content and textures. You can find velvet for upholstery woven from silk, rayon, cotton, and/or polyester. While I love the drape of silk and rayon velvets, my personal favorite is 100% cotton velvet, also called velveteen. Cotton velveteen is washable and durable and a bit more casual than the luxury fiber versions.
Mexican Otomi embroidery paired back to cotton velvet is a playful and unique combination. Chair Whimsy used a deep fuchsia velvet for the seating on the vintage chairs with a multi color Mexican Otomi textile for the chair backs. Now that's what I call a perfect match.
Velvet fabric is not just for Victorian tufted couches. A simple vintage Danish sofa reupholstered in gray velvet makes for a very nice update. The velvet upholstery allows the clean lines of the sofa design to shine through.
Velvet can be woven with elaborate patterns and Scalamandre is world-renownd for just such textiles. The pair of Scalamandre velvet pillows above would sit pretty in a Jungalow-style interior. I'm a big fan of Scalamandre but their textiles can get very pricey. The pair of pillows seen above are listed on Chairish.com for $899. USD.
Velvet upholstery fabric comes in solid colors, woven textures and patterns, and in a form called crushed velvet. Durning the mid 1980s one of my favorite garments to wear to my fashion design job in NYC was a royal blue crushed velvet boyfriend jacket. I usually wore it with a pair of black velvet stretch leggings! I thought I was the cat's meow. Crushed velvet has a distinctive "crushed" look about it giving it a vintage appearance. The chair above is upholstered in a crushed velvet that also has a high/low stripe woven into the pattern.
Velvet can be used as part of an upholster piece, but it also works great as a pillow back. Instead of using linen for the back of the Guatemalan corte cloth pillow above, I opted to use navy blue velvet for a more dramatic look. The cotton velveteen added a soft and luxurious look to the pillow cover. I prefer to use cotton velveteen because it has a less formal appearance than a silk or rayon velvet. Plus, it has the added benefit of being machine washable.
For cotton velvet by the yard in a variety of colors, please visit my on line store or my Etsy shop.