I love velvet: Its cut pile texture is unmistakable. Having been associated with nobility for centuries it implies a certain sense of luxury and classicism. Nowadays its variety in colors, composition or pattern makes it the ideal fabric for upholstery in both contemporary and traditional interiors
Velvet was first introduced from Kashmir to the Baghdad caliphs in the 8th century. A century latter it arrived in Andalusia (nowadays Spain) who was then under the dominance of the Umayyads whose empire stretched all the way from northern Africa to Pakistan and throughout the entire Arabic Peninsula. The first European velvets were produced in the Italian cities of Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice, and in the sixteenth century the Flemish weavers and the city of Bruges in Belgium became as famous as their Italian counterparts in the production of the fabric.
I do favor cotton velvet for its incredible color range, it durability, and its almost mat appearance which allows the color to be the focal point and to really shine. One of the companies I work with is the British company Designers Guild well known for its colorful prints and patterns. Their Varese cotton velvet collection features 72 different colors from wonderfully vibrant shades of gold, tangerine or turquoise to beautifully dusty tones like old pinks and dark teal. To illustrate a few of their colors I chose to show you the loft designed by French movie set decorators Etienne et Clorinde Mery who created a joyful interior using a mix of pastel and vibrant fabrics and accessories and upholstering their antique sofa in six different shades of velvet. Wouldn’t you want to move in right away? My suitcase is ready!
Designers Guild Varese Velvet – Bottom left to right: Leaf – Cerulean – Cassis – Coral – Smoke – Top to bottom on the right side: Vanilla – Pale Rose – Viola – Sky
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