All you Need to know about Velvet

Velvet, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary is defined as a soft type of cloth that has short raised fibres on one side. 

In Nigerian terms, we call it “Akwa-oche”. I don’t know if you still remember it? Although it has been around for ages it is still trending today both in fashion and now very common in upholstery.

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Did you know that velvet originated in the eighth century and sprung out from Baghdad and Cairo around 809 A.D., by Kashmiri merchants who traveled there? Much of it was exported to Venice, Italy from whence it spread to most of Europe.The city of Cairo was the largest producer of Velvet then.

The fabric is characterized by its short raised loops that cover the surface.This loop is very short and dense helping to give it a soft shine.

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Design Sense

Earlier, Velvet was hand made and quite expensive – thus appealing mainly to royalty.

Velvet oozes style and luxury and instantly adds texture to a room.It can transform even the simplest sofa into a statement piece.

The most expensive type of velvet is made from silk.

The only way to maintain a velvet fabric is to dry clean it, it cannot be washed like normal fabric. If it gets stained, gently remove the stain with a damp cloth, wet the cloth in warm water and rub on the stain gently. Don’t rub it too hard as it may damage the fabric. Generally washing velvet is a difficult task. It cannot be washed like normal fabric. It has to be dry cleaned. If you get small stains, gently remove the stains with a damp cloth. Wet the cloth with warm water and rub on that stain gently. Don’t rub the cloth too hard as it may damage the cloth. Now dab the fabric until it is dry.

There are also different types of Velvet fabric we have, and some of them are:

  1. Devore Velvet

  2. Plain Velvet

  3. Embossed Velvet

  4. Crushed Velvet


Do you know other tips for taking care of velvet? Kindly share them with us below.


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