Crush Velvet Swatch

 

What is Crush Velvet?

Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. This complicated process meant that velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well-made velvet remains a fairly costly fabric. Velvet is difficult to clean because of its pile, but modern dry cleaning methods make cleaning more feasible. Velvet pile is created by wrap or vertical yarns and velveteen pile is created by weft or fill yarns.

 

What is Crush Velvet made of?

Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibres, traditionally, the most expensive of which is silk. Much of the velvet sold today as "silk velvet" is actually a mix of rayon  and silk. Velvet made entirely from silk is rare and usually has market prices of several hundred US dollars per yard. Cotton is also used to make velvet, though this often results in a less luxurious fabric. 

 

How is Crush Velvet made?

Velvet can also be made from fibres such as linen, mohair and wool.  A cloth made by the Kuba  people of the Democratic Republic of Congo from Raffia is often referred to as "Kuba Velvet". More recently, synthetic velvet's have been developed, mostly from polyester, nylon,viscose,acetate, and from either mixtures of different synthetics or from combined synthetics and natural fibres (for example viscose mixed with silk produces a very soft, reflective fabric). A small percentage of spandex is sometimes added to give the final material a certain amount of stretch (hence "stretch velvet").

 

Advantages of Crush Velvet

  • Soft to the touch
  • Slight sheen
  • Thick and durable
  • Water absorbent
  • Resistant to abrasion
  • Retains heat
  • Multi-use fabric

Disadvantages of Crush Velvet

  • Fussier to maintain
  • Prone to stretching and distortion

At Snooze Sleep we use 11 different types of colours as you can see in the pictures.If you would like to see sample of all the colours order it today and will be dispatched to you with in 5 - 10 working days.

 

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