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What Are Chenille Fabrics

The term ‘Chenille’ can refer to the type of yarn itself, as well as the fabric made from it. ‘Chenille’ is the French word for caterpillar and is given this name due to the yarn’s resemblance to the long and fuzzy insect.

Chenille fabrics first gained popularity in the apparel industry during the 1830’s through use in the manufacture of luxurious scarves. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that Chenille was given its name and became more widely used as an interior textile for drapery, bedding, and furniture.

Characteristics of Chenille Fabrics

A unique characteristic of a chenille is its almost iridescent look. Even without using iridescent fibres, a chenille fabric will look different as the fibers catch the light at different angles.

Chenille yarns are specially woven combining short fibers at a perpendicular direction to create a pile resulting in the fuzzy effect. When woven together the fabric takes on a plush, soft, and cuddly feel, adding warmth and comfort to your interior.

Uses for Chenille Fabrics

This soft touch is why Chenille fabrics are ideal for use in a wide range of interior applications including upholstery, drapery, and accessories. Installing chenille curtains at your window will help keep your interior insulated as well as offer sound absorption by deadening exterior noises. Upholstering your sofas in chenille fabric will make for comfortable and lush seating.

More Fabrics boasts a range of Chenille qualities; from heavy plain articles taking on an almost velvet luxurious look and feel…. to textures evoking a much loved and worn-in vintage look, as well as stripes and bold floral or geometric jacquard designs.

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