Let’s Talk About Velvet

For a long time, it was synonymous with luxury and extravagance. Velvet originated in India, made on manual looms from silk fiber. Then it was also produced in Italy, where factories in Venice, Florence, Genova, and Milan gained worldwide fame. The origin of the name comes from the Latin “vellus”, which means “hair” or “tufted hair”. It is a dense weave fabric with a soft and smooth texture. In addition to natural fibers, such as silk, linen, and cotton, it can also be made from synthetic fibers or a mixture of fibers.

Partly for its history with aristocratic appeal and partly for its sophisticated look, velvet is vintage by nature. But recently, especially thanks to the development of high-performance, synthetic fabrics composed of a large amount of polyester, velvet is a material suitable for all styles and designs of furniture. Sofas, armchairs, dining chairs, whatever your imagination wants.

Marketed since the 14th century, velvet dressed European nobility, decorated their palaces, and was always related to the aristocracy. Over time, it was widely used to produce luxurious accessories and furniture. In the 20th century, a new approach to this material emerged, especially in the late 1960s and 1970s, velvet started to be seen in several environments hitherto little explored. The Hippie wave deconstructed many concepts and one of them was that velvet was necessarily linked to the aristocracy.

In addition to being beautiful, its soft appearance makes it an excellent choice for that comfortable sofa, or those pillows that will bring the coziness you are looking for to your environment. Velvet, without a doubt, is a synthesis of contemporaneity: classic, chic, comfortable and can also be super practical and easy to maintain if used in a synthetic version.


Written By Henrique Morais
Design Specialist at Decorium
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