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Types of Upholstery Fabric

The market is flooded with a wide variety of upholstery fabrics and each has its own pros and cons. Selection of the correct upholstery fabric is of paramount importance when it comes to decor. It may improve the visual appeal of your home by leaps and bounds. While making a choice you should keep the colour scheme and style of the room in mind, in addition to the price.

Natural fibres and Synthetic fibres /man-made fibres

Cotton, silk, wool and linen (flax) are the four basic fibres used by man since ages and they have been in existence much before synthetic fibres were discovered.

Man-made fibres may be blended with natural fibres or other synthetic fibres to produce to produce flock, knits, velvet etc. Manufacturers often do this to incorporate the best qualities of each fabric into the blended fabric, in order to ensure complete customer satisfaction.


It is quite versatile and is available in a rich palette of colours. Lustre, durability, softness and resistance to sunlight are some of the reasons behind its growing popularity. However, it is less resistant to oil, grease and mildew than other synthetic fibres.

Acrylic and olefin

Olefin also called as polypropylene, is ideal for humid climates as it is resistant to mildew. Properties like colour fastness and built-in abrasion and soil resistance, renders olefin quite durable.

Acrylic is lightweight and doesn’t bag on continued seating as it holds itself well; therefore it is often used in woven velvets and knits. Acrylic is resistant to oil, moths, chemicals, sunlight and is quite soft. It takes colour well but it is less durable than nylon.

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