Fabric Buying Guide


When choosing fabrics for home furnishings. it is important to consider the fabrics you have chosen, and decide if the fabric will be suitable for its application.

We have therefore used our experience to provide you with a guide to some of the characteristics of different fabric types, so that you can be sure that your choice is well informed. Please note this information is applicable to all fabrics of this type, and not just those on our website. This information is provided to you as a general guide to purchasing fabrics, and is information not everyone will tell you!!

Silk Fabrics
Silk fabric tends to be a very fine fabric, and therefore usually drapes very well. Silk benefits greatly from the use of an interlining, which will enhance the look, feel and drape of the fabric.

The additional properties of silk you need to consider are as follows:
Silk is a natural woven fabric, and sometimes contains small slubs in the weave, which are not flaws, and are a characteristic of the fabric.
Silk is more likely than other fabrics to fade when placed in direct sunlight.

If these characteristics do not suit your requirements, there are now a large number of faux silk fabrics available (which are polyester based and look almost identical to the real thing). These do not tend to suffer from the issues stated above.

Natural Fabrics
Natural fabrics have become more and more popular in recent years, and as a result there is now a huge choice in styles. The properties of natural fabrics you need to consider are

Some natural unbleached fabrics have small flecks in the weave which are not flaws, but are a cotton seed, and are therefore a characteristic of the fabric. Far from detracting from this style of fabric, this characteristic enhances the raw natural look of the weave.

Some of the padded look natural fabrics, and natural fabrics of an open style weave, are more susceptible to shrinkage, and changes due to humidity.

Banded Fabrics
This is a characteristic that has become apparent in recent years as chenille has become more and more common in woven fabrics.

When some fabrics are woven, they have a chenille band running across the back of the fabric, which is woven through in places to produce the different coloured patterns. This is a result of the weaving process, and many fabrics are woven in this way. The effect of this however, is that when the fabric is made into curtains, when the curtains are subjected to light from behind, you can get a striped effect as the light passes through the fabric.

While most people accept this, some people wish to eradicate this, and to do this we recommend blackout curtain lining which prevents this from happening. We have a supersoft blackout lining available suitable for this on our website.

Hand Woven Fabrics
Hand woven fabrics, and fabrics of this type of construction, are usually of an open weave style. This means in a check design for instance, that the pattern match may run out a little, or indeed there may be no pattern match at all due to the nature of the fabric. Indeed, this is one of the main charms of this style of fabric.

We feel that the look and feel of these fabrics far outweigh any negatives as a result of these characteristics. These types of fabrics suit the person after the "earthy" look to their home. furnishings.

Double Pocketed Fabrics
This type of fabric is effectively constructed from 2 or 3 layers of fabric woven together, and is a more recent weaving technique. When a fabric constructed in this way is hung at a window, is has a natural creased look, which is the intended look of the fabric. This gives a very distinctive look, but you will need to consider if this is the look you require.


 
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