Many of the luxury fabrics still used today, were previously associated with and available to royalty and the very wealthy only, leaving the masses in awe of their untouchability. One of the most sensual fabrics with such an exclusive history is velvet. With a past that dates back to 2000BC in Egypt, velvet carried an elite reputation from the robes of royalty, to a staple fabric during the medieval era into the renaissance and finally through the 20s flapper craze on into today.
Velvet can be made out of different fibres and blends, which all have their own history. When in early 1900 the silk yarn, which was most often used for velvets, became scarce, manufacturers turned to other fibres, like linen, cotton and rayon. The Dutch managed to use single yarn in cotton, which gave the product most lustre and a real boost, as velvets became available for the wider public.
For royalty or the common man
One reason velvet was so popular with nobility and still appreciated today, is due to the rich colours of a dyed velvet. In the past mainly in black, purple and the popular reds, but nowadays any imaginable colour can be produced in velvet. With its unmistakable beauty and lustre, velvet has earned its place as one of the finest and most beautiful fabrics, whether for royalty or the common man.
Velvet is often used for curtains, cushions, throws and upholstery. We at TheVelvetLab® also offer various other products that are finished with velvet, which give these products a funky twist. And by giving our customers the opportunity to finish the products to their own choice (out of more then 80 velvets!) your product of TheVelvetLab® becomes unique!